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  • dusingaz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Seriously how has this not been addressed yet? I'm up to the glitch happening 3xs a day and I'm very annoyed, I'm about to downgrade my monitor.
  • tsumuji Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The problem defies logic. There seems to be no order as to when it will occur. Well it is true it happens more often and quickly in the morning...then periodically during the day..and it seems maybe related to itunes.
    BUT THE PROBLEMS ARE GETTING WORSE. Now on start up I have gotten a double image of the apple purple universe screen followed by a snow screen. This is the first time for either of these issues. Then later the usual loss of clarity of the all script follows at irregular intervals. This also seems at times to be increasing as it usually comes in bursts of three or four times in a row. I now use the change of screen resolution to resolve the problem each time so that I do not have to restart.
    I have been going through this now for almost two months. I am asking Apple support in Tokyo to send me a replacement today. I am rather fed up with the help here, ( which is nothing.)
    Please tell anyone not to buy a mac book pro if you want to use a large screen.
  • tsumuji Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This problem is not answered. Who is moderating this? I know of no one who has the answer for this display problem. It is certainly not posted here.
    But IF YOU ARE LISTENING APPLE? Here are some more points.
    The problem seems to come up in the morning and in succession. Usually about three time is a row.
    It also comes back in the afternoon and again three time or so in a row.
    More interesting is that the problem is not always the same.
    This morning for example it was only the vague letters. This afternoon it is the snow effect.
    Is there some other thread that has the attention of Apple on this problem?
    Why am I the only one still standing here?
  • programr Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    We've practically given up. A patch was released, then pulled back. For those of us that got it, it seemed to have no benefit at all.

    I've even submitted a bug to apple ( and they closed it marking it as a duplicate of a "known issue" that will be "worked on by engineers". Sheesh. Insane they released with, then cannot quickly patch this problem. Makes me worried that it is either the adapter hardware and they don't want to do a recall yet. Or, it is the MacBookPro hardware video card and that would be a whole motherboard replacement.

    Fingers crossed that I'm wrong and it just turns out to be a miracle firmware update.

    Oh, and I've detected one more pattern to when it happens. When large amounts of white suddenly appear on my screen (e.g. a new pages document) that often causes it to go blurry.
  • tsumuji Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Your monitor is fine. The problem is the apple MBP or the adaptor. The easy way is to downgrade the MBP to the previous model. The last one worked fine. The mini port seems to be full of bugs which are either in the video card or the new adaptor.
    I am considering selling my new MBP and going back to the last one ( MBP 2.4). There is little difference in performance and it is stable.
  • tsumuji Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Would someone point out where this problem is solved. I cannot seem to find in in this discussion although someone has listed this problem as solved at the top of the thread.
    Whomever you are that moderates this would you please make clear to all of us with the dual link mini adaptor what the solution is? We are here looking for help.
    If the problem is not solved would you please correct the heading so as not to mislead others. It is wrong to mislead people.
  • Nosebleed Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    same 'fuzz of death' problem here, aargh!

    Macbook Pro (Late 2008)
    Dell 3007WFP-HC
  • tsumuji Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If any Apple tech listening here are some updates on what happens;
    The fuzzy script is not always the same. Typically it happens 30 min. after waking from sleep. It happens about three times in succession. The first time is the worst with double script on top of each other. The second time is less. And the third time is about the same.
    This repeats in the afternoon.
    I also get red horizontal lines before it happens the first time with jumpy flickering across the bottom of the screen.
    There are occasional flashes on the screen.
    There are occasional black flashes.
    Sometimes there is a vertical band on the left side of the screen as if the image is smaller than the monitor.
    Sometimes the whole screen goes snow.
    There seems to be no consistent pattern to the problems.
    Sometimes the screen has flickering only on the bottom third of the screen.

    I wonder if Itunes adds to the problem? Its hard to tell but perhaps.

    This continues even with a replacement mini dual link adaptor.
    The problem is easy to reproduce as it happens many times every day for the last two months.

    I usually rectify the problem by changing the screen resolution down to 1160 X800 and then back up to the full resolution.

    Does anyone have any answer?
  • Alex_A Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This is pathetic. I am experiencing exactly the same issues with my new MacBook Pro and my 30" Dell.

    Apple, where is your QUALITY CONTROL!?!?! All you have to do is actually have someone set the adapter up for a day to a few displays and they would have witnessed all of this BEFORE YOU SOLD BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF FAULTY EQUIPMENT!!!

  • tsumuji Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes the lack of any official response from Apple is frustrating indeed. For me I am hoping the 'fix' will come with the next version of the OS.
    But as we all know the numbers of people who are facing this problem is growing every day with each new MBP sold. Apple has no choice but to address this problem. The silence is not good.
    Apple give us some hope.

    Apple could you give us some hope?

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  • RemcoVM Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Has anyone else tried using the OTHER USB port of the Macbook Pro to connect the box to? I think it's related to the low power coming out of the USB port adjacent to the mini displayport adapter (which has been described in numerous reviews of the MBP Late 2008).

    Changing to the other USB port has solved the problem for me, for now. Using some of the other (internal) USB devices might push the available power over the edge, causing the box to mess itself up.

    (Using a MBP Late 2008, connecting to a Dell WFP3007)
  • tsumuji Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello Remco,
    Yes of course we have tried all the ports..on the MBP, the monitors, the does not matter.
    I understand the macbook works fine. It is just the MBP including the new 17 inch. It also affect Apple monitors as well as all the others. I am on my second adaptor and things only get worse. At first I only got fuzzy script, then I started getting snow, not I get flashes on the bottom of the screen with some snow, there is a vertical white bank on the left sometimes, and sometimes there are black flashes.
    Al of this repeats and often.
    The good news is there must be someone from Apple reading this as the post above states it was edited by a monitor. Of course that is not much hope as they don't tell us anything.
    I am considering still selling this machine. I like my 30 inch monitor but the MBP does not seem to be capable of running it properly.
    By the way I got the fuzz while writing this..that is the fouth time this morning and within 20 minutes.
  • tsumuji Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    A significant increase in the frequency of the script fuzzies is occurring recently.
    Monitor if you are listening this is for your information. My open apps are safari, mail, Itunes, lightroom, photoshop, iphoto and I just closed powerpoint. All of my apps are up to date.
    Today the problem occurs about in cycles of every hour and each time in succession of perhaps thee times. Today in three hours I have had to reset the monitor resolution about 12 times.
    This is different from the snow problems of this morning or the flashes on the screen, the while line on the left side or the occasional red lines across the screen.
    The worst is the snow effect as it does not stabilize easily and has to be corrected repeatedly. I started with that problem this morning. Also the fuzzies are not exactly the same each time. Sometimes it is completely unreadable, sometimes is is less.

    Any clue out there yet?
  • vengroff Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've been on the road for over a month. I assumed when I left that this would have been fixed by the time I got back. Unfortunately, it hasn't been. In the first hour with the 30" monitor I've had the fuzzies four times. Had to drop to 1280x800 then pop back up to 2560x1600 to fix it.

    I checked Software Update in case there was a fix I missed, but there is nothing there yet.

    I'm sure this must have been reproduced internally at Apple, with a Cinema Display or a 3rd party 30" monitor. I've seen it with both.

    Please, Apple, I know you like to be secretive about your development process, but if you have any information to share on this, please let us all know.

    FWIW, because of this problem my company is no longer buying the new MacBook Pros. We are now exclusively buying surplus or used last generation MacBook Pros because they work with 30" monitors and the new ones don't.
  • dusingaz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I too assumed this would be fixed by now. The problem is getting more frequent for me, and I'm probably going to have to downgrade my monitor.

    We need to get some people talking about this, I suggest who ever reads this email your thoughts to Mac Break Weekly or TWIT.
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