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MacBook Air 11" Screen "Flicker" and Freeze

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  • sublimespot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 13, 2011 11:23 AM (in response to DanRyb)

    Lion seems to have solved this issue for me

  • SunRU Calculating status...
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    Sep 9, 2011 8:13 PM (in response to DanRyb)

    Ok... just went through this issue. Using an older Samsung 215tw, mini displayport to dvi adapter, and dvi-d cable. Monitor was working fine on different pc. When i connected 2010 MBA 11 to monitor with DVI-D cable, display was detected (in hardware list), but would not display anything. Issue turned out to be the cable. If you use the DVI-D cable on the older monitor with the adapter... display had issues. Switched to older dvi cable which had fewer pins, monitor worked fine on the MBA. The newer cable worked ok on pc with newer monitor. Not sure if this is really an apple issue... hope this helps someone,

  • sublimespot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 6, 2011 9:38 AM (in response to sublimespot)

    I take it back, the issue persists on Lion for me. It really ***** to have to deal with this for such an expensive machine.

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    Jan 3, 2012 12:44 PM (in response to sublimespot)

    Hey Sublimespot. Are you still having this flickering issue?
    I have the same thing when the laptop first boots up. Flickers mad for about 2 minutes then stops....

    Then randonly flickers after use of the macbook for a bit...


    Unlucky for me my macbooks gone out of warranty as I have other screen issues too.


    Guess what... The Apple manager at birmingham basically said I suck and they aint fixing nothing. Even though its less than 60 days out of warranty and it is a known issue by Apple... How much does that suck!


    Just wondered if you still had the issue and if your still in warranty or not?

  • sublimespot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 3, 2012 1:10 PM (in response to jttaylor88)

    Yes my screen is flickering periodically as I'm typing this now on an external monitor. It has been freezing about every other day or so (when connected to an external monitor). I'm about 1 month out of warranty.

  • jttaylor88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 3, 2012 1:23 PM (in response to sublimespot)

    Have you been to see Apple about it?
    I sent an email to Trading Standards yesturday after my discusting treatment in the Apple Store. Not mentioning the managers name but awfull service. For a £1200 machine to go faulty just out of warranty then telling me I have to pay 40% of the cost of the machine to fix it is a joke....

  • sublimespot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 3, 2012 5:40 PM (in response to jttaylor88)

    No, I was going to have the motherboard replaced soon before expiring the warranty but life got busy and I forgot.

    The problem only manifests itself when plugged into an external monitor, so the machine is not completely useless. Though it is the 10 inch model which makes getting work done difficult. Sorry to hear of your trouble as well.

  • yelmopedriza Calculating status...
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    Mar 7, 2012 7:18 AM (in response to Xallarap)

    Hello all. Just to report that I also have the flickering issue in my MacBook Air 11 from late 2010.

    I am running 10.7.3.

    In my case is a kind of ripples when booting and in some applications windows. It is not strong nor constant.

    I have also noticed that it does it as well after a sleeping period.

    I have Apple Care and I am going to try to use it, but since the effet is not strong and not constant I am afraid that Apple can also say that I have no problem at all.

    I called yesterday to Apple Care by phone and they told me that there is not any known issue with Macbook Air's displays...

  • sublimespot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 7, 2012 7:20 AM (in response to yelmopedriza)

    yelmopedriza, is it only when using an external monitor, or just on it's own? Is your model the 10inch or the 13?

  • yelmopedriza Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 8, 2012 12:15 AM (in response to sublimespot)

    Sublimespot, mine is 11" as I said in my previous post.

    Regarding the ripples, they appear in the laptop screen.

    I have never tried to plug an external monitor.

    I have one monitor somewhere, I can make the test if someone find it useful.

  • yelmopedriza Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 15, 2012 8:37 AM (in response to yelmopedriza)

    Since I had Apple Care I took the computer to my local Apple reseller and I got it repeared in two days.

    They changed the screen. This solved my "ripples" problem, which was however a very faint pattern.

  • jasonq Calculating status...
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    Jun 1, 2012 11:10 AM (in response to klamath92)

    I just want to add that this also fixed the problem for me on my late 2010 11" MBA - even under high load.


    VGA = flicker/wobbling/rippling

    DVI = perfect


    Same 23" monitor in both cases.

  • essnchen Calculating status...
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    Jan 17, 2013 5:00 PM (in response to DanRyb)
    I purchased the iphone 4, I feel pretty good in 2010/9
    In November of the same year, I bought a mac air 13
    iphone sometimes the screen does not open up and has been shock
    This is okay, reset the power can be
    But the mac air .......
    mac air only original one-year warranty
    However, more than a year, the right side of the screen 1/4 flicker
    More than two years, wronged continue to use, or has no reuse
    For maintenance will feel valuable?
    I purchased the laptop from 2003 to 2010. Bought a total of two, there are very expensive laptop
    Each computer can be used for at least five years.
    Of course, companies provide laptops to work for me, this is just home use
    Second one 2006/4 bought, the battery has no electricity now, and are also connected to the TV usage.
    2010/9 buy mac air only use for more than a year, on the hardware on the serious problems.

    For maintenance will feel valuable??? I dont think so. I give up and really feel very bad / uncomfortable.
    Now im looking for next laptop, second source. Im promise "No more again".
  • bausi Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 1:25 AM (in response to jasonq)



    having the same problem - the mba 11" display seems not to flicker but the external 22" vga screen does whicht drives me crazy!


    has anybody fixed the problem with switching to DVI instead?


  • bausi Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 8, 2013 1:06 AM (in response to bausi)

    DVI saved the issue for me! -> done!


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