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mbp freezing after OSX 10.8.2 update

2195 Views 14 Replies Latest reply: Nov 14, 2012 1:45 AM by macuser128 RSS
matt956 Calculating status...
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Sep 20, 2012 6:21 AM

updated to OSX 10.8.2 last night, and since then 3 times my screen has frozen, with what i can describe as white static noise covering most of the screen (from old fashioned tv's)...i've had to turn the laptop off and restart.....i have a mid 2010 mbp...anyone else have this issue?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • nschobin Calculating status...
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    Sep 20, 2012 8:20 AM (in response to matt956)

    Same here with 10.8.2 on my MBA 11-inch late 2010. See snapshots taken below - very wired and annoying. What does NOT work so far with me is simple restarts, resetting NVRAM, resetting SMC, fixing permissions). 



  • nschobin Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 20, 2012 8:34 AM (in response to matt956)

    yes, swiping does it ocassionally (eg with Mail). Wake from sleep always produces it.

  • boundn-james Calculating status...
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    Sep 20, 2012 12:19 PM (in response to matt956)

    I have a MacBook Pro Retina and it too is freezing multiple times per day after the 10.8.2 update.  I don't get the screen corruption, but the display locks up and the only thing I can do is hold down the power button.

  • cbucks Calculating status...
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    Sep 20, 2012 3:35 PM (in response to matt956)

    Mine was working all day then just a couple minutes ago everything started to freeze. I too applied the 10.8.2 update which prior everything worked perfectly. I have a 15" retina as well.

  • paul4work Calculating status...
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    Sep 26, 2012 7:34 AM (in response to matt956)

    Yeah... that's not going to help me much on my MBPro


    10.8.2 failed when installing from the App Store... So I went and manually downloaded the installer for the combo update.


    After installation, it came up with a VERY long attempt at TimeMachine (capsule), after which, it said that the backup was flawed and it was going to start a new one -- OK --


    My old backup was erased, the TimeCapsule drive was wiped, and it started a backup which NEVER finished.  The machine is now completely unstable.  Finder quits every 2 minutes... sometimes never to relaunch.


    I know HOW to put it into target mode, and copy things to an external disk, but this is the messiest update I've EVER experienced, and I'm a Mac guy since 1986.  The prospect of reformatting, and reinstalling everything is just making me blind with anger.


    What a mess.

  • beenakker Calculating status...
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    Sep 26, 2012 8:04 AM (in response to nschobin)

    same screen corruption happened to my MacBook Pro (model from mid 2011) after upgrading to 10.8.2; I reinstalled the operating system overnight, with no success; then I tried zapping the PRAM (Apple+Option+PR at startup) and that solved the problem; no idea what caused it, quite a scare.

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    Sep 27, 2012 11:51 PM (in response to matt956)

    My 2011 i7 iMac feezes once a day since I updated to 10.8.2


    Only solution is a hard restart.


    This is frustrating. I had no problems whatsoever before 10.8.2


    I noticed that when it wakes from sleep, sometimes the Time Capsule menu icon appears frozen as if the crash had happened when attempting a backup. I wonder if it's related. After restarting my iMac, Time Capsule backups seem to work fine.

  • Rob Wheatley Calculating status...
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    Sep 29, 2012 10:52 AM (in response to matt956)

    I had the same problem on a 2008 Mac Pro after 10.8.2 (update or clean install, it didnt matter).


    Turns out that it doesnt want to play nice with my Logitech mouse. Took that out of the USB port and used a spare one I had and all is now fine.


    Long shot for anyone reading this, but try removing your USB gear to see if any are giving you grief.



  • Jongwoo Calculating status...
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    Oct 4, 2012 3:52 PM (in response to matt956)

    Why should we do this? This problem significantly affects my productivity. Not only this problem but also many other problems have been bugging me for a long time. Apple genius is not helpful at all. I regret my decison to move to Mac a few years ago. I will find a way to go back to Windows without much interruption.

  • aljmc Calculating status...
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    Oct 12, 2012 1:08 PM (in response to matt956)

    Since the 10.8.2 I AM getting screen corruption, but unlike that shown. Seems while adjusting for the Retina display something went wrong. I've cleared cache, rebooted, reset PRAM, safe booted, manually applied the update. Nothing helps except when I rotate my display 90 or 270, guess then the horizontal pixel address is off screen.

    It's not my monitor, screen shot would not show the corruption. Also, I booted into an old Snow Leopard, no artifacts!

    Glad that it's just an annoyance, hope it doesn't burn my phosphors and that Apple sees fit to fix the issue.

    Also wish that Apple would provide an official mechanism for reporting such things, assume they monitor these forums and take note of issues.

    Screen Shot 2012-10-12 at 3.46.29 PM.png


  • macuser128 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 1:45 AM (in response to aljmc)

    Hi There,


    I had exactly the same issues as you, look here, screenshotable Pixel failures:


    and like in the beginning of the thread, a freezed and scrambled display:


    I am sorry to tell you that only a new Montherboard fixed the Problem. Your GFX Chip or MainBoard is failing. It's some kind of GPU-heat/Heavy Load related Problem. In my case it only got worse until i had to let them replace my MainBoard.


    good luck


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