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Macbook pro retina flicker

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  • berenErchamion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 23, 2013 3:50 PM (in response to SB7523)

    Someone earlier in this thread mentons WiFi as the source of the problem. I finally read carefully - and then started experimenting. What I soon noticed was that:

    1. I only had flicker at home
    2. I only had flicker when an active download was going on

     

    I switched by home WiFi channel around and after a few tries, picked channel 1.

     

    Flicker gone!!!! OMG - !

     

    beren

  • SB7523 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2013 6:11 AM (in response to berenErchamion)

    Wow! I turned off the wifi and the flickering stopped.

     

    Anyone know if Apple is going to address this fault?  I'm unable to find a setting to mitigate this flickering with the display.  I wonder why this has progressively gotten worse?

     

    My computer is outside the original warranty period of course...not sure if there is anything they could do to fix it anyway.

  • clevelandownz Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2013 6:15 AM (in response to SB7523)

    I had this problem a while ago, and I brought it into the Apple Store. They just reset the clamshell. It has to do with a wire being pinched, you really need to ask for the best person at this because its very easy to pinch. Anyway... they will most likely do a recall in 3-5 years on our model. It's a flaw in the design of the clamshell and body. But it's nothing more than that, very simple fix but could take a couple tries.

     

    I haven't had flickering in 10 months since the fix.

  • SB7523 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2013 6:54 AM (in response to clevelandownz)

    Thanks for the help, I'll give them a call and see what they can do for me.  I'm currently overseas on a military deployment, so it should be interesting. 

  • berenErchamion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2013 5:49 PM (in response to SB7523)

    Try the wifi fix first.

  • thetoddshow Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2013 5:56 PM (in response to thetoddshow)

    Hey everyone,

     

    I updated to Mavericks and the flicker completely stopped. I can't explain why it returned in Mountain Lion, but if you're having trouble, try that as a fix.

  • kekiwill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2013 6:22 PM (in response to thetoddshow)

    Same here.  I have installed Mavericks and seems to have stopped. 

  • Rnelson24 Calculating status...
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    Oct 29, 2013 1:33 PM (in response to YCLAM)

    My problem is when I go over the dock it shudders, when I scroll down on a web page it shudders, when I swipe between screens (homescreen to iTunes) it shudders and lags, it pretty much happens all over I uninstalled adobe because it only started happening after I updated but then it came back nothing seems to help I live over 350 miles from the closest apple store does anyone else have this problem?? I only use this computer for school all of my games are directly from the apple APP store I do not download from 3rd parties Ive tried repairing the disk, restarting the computer, switching to a different user all of these do nothing.. HELP!

  • SB7523 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 20, 2013 5:26 AM (in response to Rnelson24)

    I have absolutely isolated the flickering on my display to wifi interference of some sort.  The flickering comes and goes...at times will be very frequent...and others rather infrequent.  I'm assuming that this is because of how my router likes to jump around to different channels in auto mode.  It's also possible that the dual band feature of the wifi I use causes interference.

     

    One thing that is very certain is that when I turn my wifi off, the flickering stops. 

     

    I'm not sure what Apple is willing to do.  For my situation, my computer is past the warranty period, but I'm currently out of the states and unable to bring to a genius bar. 

     

    I would like to think that Apple will stand behind a faulty design in their product and fix it regardless of the warranty period since this doesn't seem to be a hardware or software failure.

  • SB7523 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 20, 2013 5:29 AM (in response to SB7523)

    A little more troubleshooting...manually changing my wifi channel seems to help for a while at least.  However, randomly, it will begin again.  If I change the channel again it will subside for a while.  This is definitely a wifi issue and on the 2.4GHz band.  I don't believe the same issue is occuring on the 5GHz band, however I don't have the wifi range I need with the 5GHz.

  • Samuraix98 Calculating status...
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    Dec 5, 2013 6:38 AM (in response to YCLAM)

    This forum has been very helpful unfortunately it seems to only be a fix for the macbook air. Recently getting a new Macbook Pro Retina 15" i7 2ghz with 16gb ddr3 running the intel iris Pro 1024 MB graphics and an updated 10.9 STILL has this issues and it's beginning to be quite a bother at the office. Specifically I'm only using Photoshop Creative Cloud when it occurs. It's been significant at close zoom in's and with a brush between 6-15px.

     

    Has apple sent any correspondence out about having this fixed for the retina mavericks using macbook pro's?


    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

     

    This is the direct thread where the macbook air's issues arose from.

     

    http://forums.adobe.com/message/5451148#5451148

  • KYamaoka Calculating status...
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    Dec 26, 2013 6:09 AM (in response to YCLAM)

    Having similar problem since 10.7.

    I think my MBPR has faulty GPU: When this problem happens, Photoshop layers starts glitching.

     

    - MBP Retina 15" i7 2.6GHz (Mid 2012)

    - OSX 10.9.1

    - 16GB 1600MHz DDR3

    - 512GB SSD

     

    Unfortunatrly, in my case turning off Wi-fi or any kind of reset didn't help.

  • brsm1990 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Dec 26, 2013 7:15 AM (in response to YCLAM)

    There are a lot of defective MacBook Pro Retinas.  The most frequent problems are fried logic boards, fight GPUs and displays with image persistence.  Instead of honoring the warranty Apple's response is often to deny the problem and elete posts discussing it.  THey just recently deleted a 20 post thread where I was discussing with others that have multiple fried logic boards.  I'm now on the 4th logic board and Apple refsues to replace the computer.  I'm told taht in some US states they are required by law to buy it back for the full purchase price after so many failed repairs.

  • citationcj2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 26, 2013 12:37 PM (in response to YCLAM)

    I also had the annoying flicker on my 13 pro retina. However, my flicker has stopped.

    Knock wood, but my mackbook is fine fore nearly two solid months with zero flicker.

    I dont know what caused it in first place, but I havent done anything with my mac, not even a restore. Some people say it the wires when closing the lid?? I wonder if thats what it was?

  • kasparsvv Calculating status...
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    Jan 7, 2014 5:46 PM (in response to YCLAM)

    I have the same issue - Macbook Pro Retina (Mid 2012, Samsung screen, Samsung SSD 256 GB), which appered recently (approx 1 week ago).

     

    I noticed that it only happens while at home on 2.4GHz wifi. When I switch to 5 GHz, the issue disappears. The frequency of flickers is every 2-3 minutes and it might be dependent on network traffic, but I'm not sure.

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