2 Replies Latest reply: Oct 10, 2009 3:19 PM by JasonFear
Eric Lindsay Level 3 Level 3 (720 points)
MacBook Air (Rev A Intel graphics) running Snow Leopard. After several hours of (mostly) browsing, background of the display showed distorted images (like false colour images). This was in the menu bar (which was unreadable until you clicked on it, whereupon drop down menus were OK), and a few other areas. Dashboard showed distorted images. So did bring up the task swap selector (the icons were not recognisable). Any foreground application would overwrite distortion with correct image, however the distortion appeared again when window was moved.

I initially suspected display cable damage by the hinge, but moving the display did not change things. Rebooting Finder made no difference. Alas, I failed to try fast user switching. Problem disappeared upon a reboot (I still have Windows habits - who would have thought!)

Has anyone else seen a similar fault? I am coming round to suspecting Snow Leopard rather than hardware.

Powerbook G4 15 1.25GHz + iMac G5(ALS) 2GHz 20 + MacBook Air 1.6GHz 80GB, Mac OS X (10.5.4), iPhone 3G, BT Mighty mouse, AudioEngine 5 speakers
  • jordanpearce Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've noticed the same problem. Its starting to get rather annoying and troublesome. Has anyone else noticed this issue? I, too, thought it might be a problem with the display connector, but very little has changed in my habits since installing Snow Leopard. Maybe this is an issue with Snow Leopard? Any other users experiencing this problem?
  • JasonFear Level 5 Level 5 (4,935 points)
    Hi Eric,

    I have two machines with the Intel GMA X3100 (MacBook Air, Rev A & Santa Rosa MacBook) and both are running like champs under Snow Leopard. I have not noticed any distortion or other "oddities" since upgrading both of these machines within the first week of the OS's release.

    I'd be curious to have you downgrade (make a clone or TM backup of your Snow Leopard build) and see if the issue magically goes away upon downgrading to Leopard. If it does, it'd be worth reaching out to Apple on for an update. You're entitled to 90 days of telephone support with the purchase of a new OS.