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Ulf Licht Calculating status...
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Mar 8, 2006 9:05 AM
Hi, I just got my new Mac mini (Intel Core Duo) but geep getting graphic distortions on my window borders.

Everything is ok after startup but e.g. after using Front Row the space surrounding a window (where the window shadow usually is) is distorted. Front Row seem to be one trigger for this problem but I have also seen it after using other programs.

Has anyone seen this. Is there a fix besides sending it back to Apple?

Mac Mini Intel Core Duo 1,66   Mac OS X (10.4.5)  
  • Michael Bradshaw Level 5 Level 5 (4,135 points)
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    Mar 8, 2006 10:40 AM (in response to Ulf Licht)
    Hmm - a picture might help understand "distortion"

    What monitor do you have? What resolution and cable format is used to connect the mini to the display?
  • Episcript Level 2 Level 2 (450 points)
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    Mar 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)
  • Episcript Level 2 Level 2 (450 points)
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    Mar 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.

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=400981&tstart=45

    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)
  • Michael Bradshaw Level 5 Level 5 (4,135 points)
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    Mar 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?
  • Michael Bradshaw Level 5 Level 5 (4,135 points)
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    Mar 27, 2006 6:00 AM (in response to Ulf Licht)
    Ulf - wow - swapping the RAM might be the right thing to do.
  • jb66stingray Calculating status...
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    Apr 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)
  • David Porter3 Calculating status...
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    Apr 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.jpg
    Mini Mac Duo Core, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • jb66stingray Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Apr 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)
  • David Porter3 Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Apr 22, 2006 9:11 PM (in response to jb66stingray)
    There's another forum on this problem

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=400981&tstart=45

    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

    http://episteme.arstechnica.com/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f/8300945231/m/473001408731

    I'm giving Apple a call on Monday to see what they think

    Mini Mac Duo Core   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • jb66stingray Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Apr 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)
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