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Display ripples while scrolling web pages

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  • George Hulseman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 18, 2008 8:09 AM (in response to sirhc1023)
    The rippling effect on my Macbook pro looks the same as the screenshot posted. When it happens it sometimes stays like that even when I stop scrolling, which is why I can take a screenshot of it. I've noticed if you attempt to take a screenshot using command-4 the rippled text actually disappears while you are drawing a marquee around it, which is why you have to use command-3 to capture it. Command-3 snaps the entire screen.

    I most frequently have the ripple effect when I'm using a word processor (Scrivener), but that's because that's what I do most on my Macbook. Even that is a fairly rare event, maybe once or twice a week. It always clears up if I reboot. I've only had the ripple effect once while using Safari, and it was a particularly bad episode.

    I'll be installing the latest OS 10.5.5 when I get home from my trip and I'll have to wait and see at least a week to post my results. I'm still following this thread very closely, so please post your results everyone.
    Macbook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.4), 15-inch
  • guineapig Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2008 8:59 AM (in response to George Hulseman)
    so far so good
    no ripples after i did the software update
    ive been using my mac book pro on ac and battery, and it all seems fine
    no ripples, no 'blocks' flashing on safari (havent tried firefox), two finger scrolling seems fine

    w00t!
    happy days

    now if we could get mac to do something about 'skipping over damaged section' on dvd player, id be laughing....
    macbook pro 17", Mac OS X (10.4.6), 2.16GHz
  • kiwifiz Calculating status...
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    Sep 20, 2008 1:51 AM (in response to guineapig)
    A cautious "all good" here as well.....no ripples with scrolling on battery since 10.5.5 update....3 days+ now. No block flashing with quicktime or iphoto either. Rippling while scrolling only (ok while screen static) and in start-up screen sounds like a different ripple flavour,,,,,,,not what I've experienced.
    Macbook Pro 2,5GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Doctour1 Calculating status...
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    Sep 20, 2008 6:49 PM (in response to Merged Content 1)
    This problem is not answered and is very anoying. Seems to be worse since the 10.5.5 update. Help!
    MacBook Pro 15" 2.2 core duo, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 4GB RAM
  • George Hulseman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 21, 2008 7:32 AM (in response to Doctour1)
    Can you be more specific? Describe your problem. There are many manifestations of the rippling issue.
    Macbook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 15-inch
  • blackbird-13- Calculating status...
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    Sep 21, 2008 3:19 PM (in response to George Hulseman)
    I was wondering what I should do if I am still having problems after the update. I received this computer on September 2, as a replacement for my other MBP that was much worse. I waited patiently for the update. Now, running on 10.5.5, I still have scrolling distortion and my 3d rendering programs are actually worse after the update. I have noticed an improvement with web browsing on a whole but the content is still consistently horizontally rippled when I use the scroll bar and sometimes the web page content will be completely scrambled in static state. When I am working on 3d models with animation, view panning or orbit viewing, my content does not flow smoothly on the screen, there are gitters and jumps when it should be a smooth transition from one view to another. There are black and white vertical flickers when I move through views or rotate my objects.

    I have also had to restart this computer after the update several times because my screen will either go dark and not respond to brightness control commands even though it is still on or I will get alternating dark banning rays from the bottom of the screen. I know there is another thread for these issues but the screen graphics glitch was my first known issue. Could these two things be related?
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4), 2.4 processor - 15" new from store end of August 08
  • George Hulseman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 21, 2008 7:19 PM (in response to blackbird-13-)
    Well, that's pretty serious behavior. Are you dealing with an Apple Store? Whatever, take it back now. Don't wait. It's simply not acceptable.
    Macbook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo - 2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 15-inch
  • macboy2000 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 25, 2008 11:14 PM (in response to Merged Content 1)
    Count me in!

    MB Pro 2.4ghz Core 2 Duo
    NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600
    OS 10.5.5

    I purchased my MB Pro used, and noticed this problem right away while scrolling on Firefox pages. I'm taking it in to Apple tomorrow as it's under warranty. Other issues I'm having: Random freezes, boots only to the Apple logo and I have to restart to get it to boot correctly, failed to do an erase and install and I had to retry, laptop told me no trackpad was installed, and more! New logic board, please!
    MBPRO, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Steve Seidel Calculating status...
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    Oct 5, 2008 6:14 PM (in response to Steve Seidel)
    Since I mentioned my display ripple issue on this thread, I thought it was only fair to acknowledge that the 10.5.5 update corrected the problem. This was the one and only annoying issue with the machine. I'm very relieved that the issue has been resolved. Though, I wish Apple would post more details. Did they turn some sort of Quartz acceleration off, or was the issue truly fixed through a driver update, etc?
    Mac Pro, Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • George Hulseman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2008 8:27 AM (in response to Steve Seidel)
    There are obviously several issues with these computers. The rippling effect discussed in this thread seems to vary in severity. Mine was pretty intermittent and would always clear up after a reboot. It's been several weeks since I updated and I haven't seen any sign of the rippling issue, so I think I'm in the clear.
    Macbook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo - 2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 15-inch
  • Corolla2 Calculating status...
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    Oct 21, 2008 7:43 AM (in response to Merged Content 1)
    Today I just started to have what look like "explosions" or "shards" of graphics appear on the screen of my MBP. This just started this morning! The thing was just fine last night, but now these fragments of bright colors appear on the screen, especially when using Expose or moving from one app to another.

    My instincts tell me to go to the local Genius bar. This is a first generation MBP that was manufactured in winter 2006.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Iain MacDonald1 Level 2 Level 2 (405 points)
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    Oct 24, 2008 4:54 AM (in response to Corolla2)
    Along with others, I had hoped that 10.5.5 had resolved the issue.

    Although I am no longer seeing the issue, a genius in London has confirmed that 10.5.5 has not officially resolved the issue, and is advising me to have the logic board replaced.

    So anyone else in that boat, it sounds like - despite positive appearances - it may still be worth getting the logic board swapped.
    15" Macbook Pro 2.4GHz, 2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • Corolla2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2008 7:10 AM (in response to Iain MacDonald1)
    I did some things recommended on other forums -- I verified permissions, which should be done pretty regularly anyway. I also turned the computer off, disconnected the power supply removed the battery and then held the power button down for 5 seconds. After I booted back up, I haven't seen the "broken graphics" since, but I am still keepng a close eye on this thing, as I have about 6 more months of AppleCare and can renew again.
    MacBook Pro 15" 1.83 gHz 1gb RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Saaby Calculating status...
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    Nov 3, 2008 9:16 AM (in response to Corolla2)
    I have a 2008 Unibody MacBook Pro and found this discussion because I am having the exact problem you're talking about.

    Happens whether I am using the discrete or integrated graphics cards.
    MacBook Pro (Unibody), Mac OS X (10.5.5), 2.4 Ghz/4 Gig RAM
  • mglenbarker Calculating status...
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    Nov 18, 2008 7:39 PM (in response to Merged Content 1)
    I've got a new Macbook Pro and this still happens frequently, particularly when reading PDFs (and not even particularly large ones). Is there any way to mark this thread "Unsolved"?
    Macbook Pro (Late 2008), Mac OS X (10.5.5)

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