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jesse279 Level 1 Level 1



My MacBook Air screen is flickering like it wants to go out. I don't know why it's doing this or what I should do to fix it. Any help would be great. Thanks.

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
Reply by Starhawk on Mar 24, 2013 7:12 PM Helpful
By any chance, is this happening only when you wake the computer and goes away when you restart?

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  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10

    That's a display or a graphic card problem. In both cases, the only thing you can do is to take the computer to an Apple Store or reseller to get the MacBook Air repaired, because you can't do it yourself. Apart from that, unfortunately the repair will be expensive, because the display and the logic board are expensive parts of a Mac

  • Starhawk Level 1 Level 1

    By any chance, is this happening only when you wake the computer and goes away when you restart?

  • jesse279 Level 1 Level 1

    Yes that is exactly what happened to me...

  • Starhawk Level 1 Level 1

    Are you running 10.8.3?

    Does your Macbook Air have an Nvidia graphics card?


    I am thinking this might be a problem with 10.8.3 because the same thing is happening to me. I know they changed some things with OpenGL and the graphics drivers for Nvidia, which is what I have in my Macbook Air.


    So far, the problem seems to happen with the computer is closed and unplugged. When I raise to lid to wake it, I get the flickering like the computer is about to die. I restart, and all is back to normal.


    I have a Late 2010 11" Macbook Air with 1.4Ghz Core 2 Duo and Nvidia GeForce 320M. I wonder if this is a problem only affecting the models with the Nvidia chipset...

  • Brian DePardo Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same model MacBook Air as Starhawk and it is happening to me as well. Just started after I updated to 10.8.3. Glad I found this, as I thought my display was going bad.


    Seems like the issue is the Nvidia driver is freaking out when coming out of sleep. Seems to happen when the computer has been asleep for a long time and not just a few minutes. Anyone else confirm this?

  • 2am Level 1 Level 1

    Im running on 10.8.3 11" Air Late 2010 and iv just started to experiece an intemittant flicker on my display which is starting to get on my nerves. To be honest im sick of investing so mush money in Apple and the hardware not lastesing like it used to! Whats going on guys?

  • 2am Level 1 Level 1

    Sorry Jesse, iv ranted about my own issues and haven't acknoweldged your problem. If you do find a solution other than BUY ANOTHER MAC! Id love to know what they say

  • 2am Level 1 Level 1

    Its hard to say with me as its just started today. Iv done the usual restart etc but its still happening. I am running Nvidia though so this does seem to be common with us all!

  • rc-usa Level 1 Level 1

    Just started happening today.  Flicker goes away on reboot (annoying) or if I plug in the charger (even though it's almost fully charged).  Late 2010 Macbook Air.  Great machine otherwise.

  • ykit Level 1 Level 1

    I have same problem as described by Starhawk... Any solution to that? Does anyone rollback the OS? It is very annoying. What is did was, close the lid and let it sleep again. Then reopen after 10-20 seconds. If open up too fast, problem remain....

  • Starhawk Level 1 Level 1

    This is a pretty regular occurance now. Earlier today, the Macbook Air was unplugged, I opened the lid and it worked fine. Later in the day, I got the glitching problem again, I tried closing the lid, waiting a bit, and re-opening it to see if that worked, and this time the backlight would not come on. Plugging in the power cable and all works as normal again.


    Definitely seems like a bug.

  • jakobward Level 1 Level 1

    Same here!

  • ltimpe Level 1 Level 1

    Yes, Same here.... Same issue... And I noticed this starting only after the latest update for the OS... I blindly updated and knew it had something to do with the video driver or something... So has Apple acknowledge this flow (Probably Not) ... All I got to say is quality is going down hill fast!   WAKE UP APPLE.... YOU ARE NOT DOING YOUR BEST ANYMORE!  DON'T TRY TO BLAME THIS ON ANYTHING ELSE WE PRETTY MUCH DID YOUR TRIAGE HERE FOR YOU...   GET TO WORK APPLE!

  • econ-mit Level 1 Level 1

    Same exact problem here: flickering after deep sleep; solution is to close lid and wait a few seconds then reopen.


    Happens on my late 2010 model with  NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB

    Does NOT happen with my 2012 MBA.

    Both on 10.8.3.

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