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12867 Views 139 Replies Latest reply: Aug 15, 2006 8:14 PM by Adrian J Black
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2006 11:53 AM (in response to Michael Bradshaw)I do not know how to post a picture in this forum. Please just use the URL below to see a screenshot of the problem.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 19, 2006 3:54 PM (in response to Ulf Licht)I am on my second Intel Mac mini now since the first one was exchanged by Apple because of the graphic distortion. Unfortunately the second one also started to show the same issue. Graphic errors around windows and below the menu bar. Maybe it is not a hardware but an issue with some kind of software I am running? Am I the only one experiencing these issues?
Mac mini Core Duo Mac OS X (10.4.5)Mac mini Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 19, 2006 5:12 PM (in response to Ulf Licht)I've seen that distortion before. The distortions also ended up affecting the dock icons if I remember correctly. From the message board where I saw it, they say it probably means that there is something wrong with the graphics chip. It could also be a driver issue. I guess they're still working out the bugs from those new intel chipsets.Mac Mini 1.25, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 20, 2006 1:28 PM (in response to Episcript)In my case dock icons are not affected. Only window borders and the area below the menu bar. In general it looks like it affects all areas which usually show some kind of shadow.
Here is another screenshot showing the effect below the menu bar:
Mac mini Core Duo Mac OS X (10.4.5)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 20, 2006 3:05 PM (in response to Ulf Licht)Yeah, looks like all the drop shadows are affected. I found another topic that seems to have the same issue.
It suggests running the hardware test. Though there seems to be no apparent solution to the problem. I hope that Apple works out the bugs soon, I am interested in a new intel iBook and it is likely to use integrated graphics as well.Mac Mini 1.25, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 20, 2006 3:38 PM (in response to Ulf Licht)Ulf - some things to see if it's you. (I list thise in the order I'd think most likely to help on to a wild shot in the dark...)
1) Find another hard drive - and install a clean OS from the new media. Boot from there - don't install ANYTHING. No software updates - Apple or otherwise. and let it run overnight one night - no sleep, etc... - and check in the morning.
2) Make another user account - perhaps that might confirm the system setting and not a user setting. (or point to a user setting)
3) Try another monitor or resolution or cable. - unlikely you haven't already tried that - but it might confirm it's really tied to the mini and not external (though I can't really see how they could feed back and effect the graphic data you captured from "RAM")
4) Test your RAM (or swap it out - you didn't use the same RAM in both mini's did you?) - Again you'd have to hit the powerball in my estimation to get two different chips bad - back to back - but someone does win that lottery every month or so...
Also - it might help to write down everything you did to set up your macs. Did you migrate any users, applications or settings from an older OS? Did you install any third party software? Lastly - take notes of when it happens. Can you reproduce it?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2006 12:14 AM (in response to Michael Bradshaw)Michael,
thanks for your suggestions.
I recently replaced the stock 512MB RAM with 2GB. Since then the problem has yet to reappear. Either the original Apple RAM was faulty (twice), which I do not really believe. Or the shared memory for the GPU does not work correctly on low memory levels.
Anyone else can verify that the issue does not appear with more than 512MB RAM?Mac mini Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.5), 2 GB RAM
Currently Being ModeratedApr 21, 2006 6:45 PM (in response to Michael Bradshaw)Well, I find that it happens to me after I run Photoshop or InDesign. I think the system 'accidentally' pages out the memory on the graphics card to the HD and it is way to slow for it to render any shadows - only after the use of a RAM intensive program, though.
Seem possible?Sony VAIO RA-826G, Mac Mini Core Duo 1GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2006 6:53 PM (in response to jb66stingray)I have the same problem. First occurred after using iWeb at full screen resolution, but it could be just a coincidence. Just pops up randomly.
Mac Mini runninig 10.4.6
http://homepage.mac.com/dworld/.Public/border.jpgMini Mac Duo Core, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2006 7:49 PM (in response to Michael Bradshaw)Happened to me after iWeb too, but I bet I had Photoshop running, too. This is peculiar, but I am thinking it is definetly a RAM problem.Sony VAIO RA-826G, Mac Mini Core Duo 1GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2006 9:11 PM (in response to jb66stingray)There's another forum on this problem
The last poster appears to think that it's driver related
It certainly is a driver problem. I had something like what is shown (but much more serious) when I installed 10.4.4 Server on my Mac Mini G4. Everything was solved with the 10.4.5 update (at least I haven't noticed any problems).
Over in Arstechnica some have returned their Minis for a new one and the problem has reoccurred so hopefully it is a Driver issue and not Hardware related. Anyway
I'm giving Apple a call on Monday to see what they think
Mini Mac Duo Core Mac OS X (10.4.6)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2006 11:03 AM (in response to jb66stingray)Thanks, man for coming forward to Apple for all of us. I am experiencing it right now (just ran Quicktime and Word at the same time, think Quicktime causes it?).
Hope this can be fixed easily, because a lot of people are having this problem.Sony VAIO RA-826G, Mac Mini Core Duo 1GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.6)