3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 8, 2012 7:23 AM by DeputyDawg
Andrew111Nelson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Can anyone explain why, when i first open safari and double click to open a new tab, just before the Top Sites page loads i get a flicker of a partly scrambled image? This image is usually, but not always, of a site or screen that has just previously been open in the display, sometimes from a webpage, sometimes from a window such as system preferences. Occasionally the scrambled image is nothing that has been on my screen in the last 24hrs, as far as i can remember. This isn't a problem, per se, but a funny quirk that makes me wonder if there is something amiss with my Macbook. How is this image left hanging around to then briefly re-appear in a scrambled format?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: Safari new tab flicker of old image residue
    Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (89,765 points)

    Hi Andrew ...


    Safari does the same thing for me in TopSites on my Mac running Snow Leopard v10.6.8. I've yet to have any issues with the computer as a result of it. The anomaly doesn't show up in Safari on v10.7 Lion.


    You can provide feedback to Apple > Apple - Safari - Feedback


    Just for peace of mind, you can run the Apple Hardware Test just to rule out any hardware issues.

  • 2. Re: Safari new tab flicker of old image residue
    Andrew111Nelson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the response. So far now issues here either but i will run the hardware test as you have suggested.


    Ciao 4 now.

  • 3. Re: Safari new tab flicker of old image residue
    DeputyDawg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello folks,


    I have had this problem for a while now.  The problem ONLY occurs with Safari if I open a new tab and have preferences set to top sites.  What I see when I open a new tab is pixelization and/or flickering.  I thought it was hardware issue so I called Apple. We ran HW tests and they told me it was not. They advised it was likely a plugin or software issue.  We re-installed Snow Leopard (maintaing all data) and that did not help. We did tons of other things, all to no avail.  Apple suggested I do a WIPE and start over.  They also suggested I do NOT reimage from my time machine backup as to not bring back whatever plugin or SW


    So I finally got around to that this weekend.  I am on an essentially virgin system. The only two apps I installed are Handbrake and Skype.  I have not done any flash update, plugins or anything else.   The problem still exists


    I have an excellent and short video capture that shows this but not sure how I can upload that here.


    I guess from reading this post that I should go to Lion - which is on my list of things to do but need to check on compatibility of some SW/HW first.


    OH btw, some specifics:  Imac 27" Snow Leopard, 12GB Ram, all SW is up to date


    Just thought I would throw this out there...