Currently Being ModeratedAug 2, 2012 7:32 AM (in response to BillHahn)
Just as another data point. I use FireFox daily with my rMBP and have never had any issues with displays or performance including the one described in your post. I have hardware acceleration enabled. So I think as you troubleshoot you should extend your investigation beyond FireFox.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 2, 2012 7:34 AM (in response to BillHahn)
Well, I've only used Firefox on my mbpr, and have yet to experience a crash or panic (knock on wood). It might be of some use to the community if you post a crash log of one of your events.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2012 9:54 AM (in response to BillHahn)
I have since discovered that my Energy Saver > Automatic Graphics Switching" was accidentally turned back ON.
I have now re-installed gfxCardStatus so that I can ALWAYS see the status of my "Integrated" vs. "Discrete" graphics on my menu bar at the top...and force it to stay "Dedicated" always to avoid graphics switching issues that may be related to rMBP system stability.
Also, after having instability issues with my Retina MBP while using AirDisplay, I had uninstalled that for several weeks. I reinstalled AirDisplay after upgrading to Mountain Lion last week.
So, in summary, the Graphics Switching and AirDisplay now represent two additional variables in my crash history.
Since Disabling (unchecking) "Automatic Graphics Switching" and uninstalling AirDisplay, I have had no Crashes.
I will post here again if I am able to narrow it down to one of those two as the cause of my crash problems.
As the two previous posts have indicated, it seems that Firefox was NOT the cause of my crash problems.
Most likely "Automatic Graphics Switching" and/or AirDisplay.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2012 1:20 AM (in response to BillHahn)
I use both Chrome and Firefox on my MBPR. I experienced crashes while using Chrome and switched to Firefox since I read about Chrome being the culprit. I am now experiencing intermittent crashes that occur only when I close Firefox. I get the gray screen and reboot. It is getting frustrating since my new $2,000+ macbook does not feel reliable nor do I feel comfortable working on sensitive items. I have had my MBPR for 12 days now and have had about 8 crashes/reboots. Any sign of a fix? I'm considering returning it this weekend and sticking to my 2010 MBP since my return policy is about to expire.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2012 1:25 AM (in response to BillHahn)
It is not from Firefox or Chrome or any other program, Apple program or 3rd party. It is from the bad drivers Apple is supplying with the new systems for the new hardware in those systems and holes in the kernal of OS X that is causing it.
There are numerous posts on this and there is NO one program that is the cause. It is the OS and driver set.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 15, 2012 7:33 PM (in response to BillHahn)
I'm having this issue too, but on a 2007 MacBook Pro. It's only been the last two days, and I wonder if it's the newest update to Safari 6.0. My primary browser is Chrome, but I've had all three browsers open both days. The only change I'm aware of is the update to Safari.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 21, 2012 5:40 PM (in response to BillHahn)
I just picked up a referb MBP mid-2010 15". Running mountain lion now. Have had crashes directly caused by Chrome and Firefox. I can re-create the crash any time. I open some web page in the browser long enough that I can scroll down. If I two-finger scroll up and down rapidly two or three times, the screen goes dark and a kernel panic ensues. I have done this with graphics switching enabled and disabled. Same result. Knew chrome was having trouble, but unfortunate that now Firefox has the problem too.