macbook faint horizontal lines?

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  1. baybegirl macrumors member

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    im about to buy a new macbook and i just wanted to know if anyone noticed this issue or issue has it, before i decided to buy one

    http://forums.macnn.com/66/ibook-and-macbook/313708/macbook-screen-problem/

    - the issue is faint horizontal lines at about a 45 degree angle in the top section of the screen..visible on light gray or white screens...kinda hard to see but kind of distracting

    this is a pic of it

    http://att.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=60601&d=1161814720

    the 2nd pic has the contrast ajusted so you can see it better

    has anyone noticed this on their macbook screen
     
  2. Grakkle macrumors 6502a

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    No, not a sign of it on mine, neither have I noticed it on any other MacBooks or MBPs I've seen.

    There's a lot of talk about screen problems on the MacBook, but in my experience such problems are quite rare - you just hear more talk of bad screens than good ones because the people with good screens aren't as vocal.

    Which is understandable, I guess. I wouldn't worry about the screen if you're thinking of getting a MacBook. The chances of getting a bad screen are small.
     
  3. nf92 macrumors newbie

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    Issues with MacBook Screens

    I have had my share of Apple notebooks- 2 PowerBooks, an iBook, and now 2 MacBooks- one white and one black. I can confidently say that the best screen is the MacBook's. In fact, I can say that the best notebook is the MacBook.

    The screen on the black one does have some subtle lines when looked at from a sharp angle. The Mac Genius at my local store told me that it was normal and to simply view it from another angle. I find this solution great- when the screen is viewed from a proper angle, it looks beautiful.
     
  4. PDE macrumors 68020

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    they have that grid, but unless you look at it from an extreme angle, it won't ever get in your way. The macbook display is very nice, you won't be disappointed.
     
  5. Icewind macrumors regular

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    I have this too...

    Yeah, this has sort of annoyed me since I got my MacBook a few weeks ago. I seem to notice it all over my screen. Like the other posters have said, it's very subtle and almost appears like an optical illusion. Sometimes I don't see it, other times my eyes just get sucked right to it. I call it "chicken-wire", cos that's exactly what it looks like to me.

    I've tried calibrating, changing brightness levels and screen angles etc. I tend to notice it more when my eyes are at a certain distance from the screen.

    I posted a thread about it here, with a Photoshop mock-up image of what it kinda looks like.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=275017&highlight=chicken-wire

    I really don't want to exchange this Macbook, as it's perfect in every other way. The screen is still beautiful to look at, but this chicken-wire hatching just kills the joy a little bit. I've never seen this on any of my other Macs (iBook G4, 15" Powerbook, 23" ACD, 24" iMac).

    Light greys seem to show it up best. I tend to notice it on light greys and whites. For example, the grey surround these Macrumors threads shows it up pretty well, as does the left-hand panel (inbox, trash etc) of Apple Mail.app
     
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I don't see it. Sorry, but I guess if you really want to try hard to look for a flaw, you'll find it. Think of it this way......you're turning up the contrast to illustrate these lines, and yet they're still faint.

    Why? :confused:
     
  7. Icewind macrumors regular

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    I don't have to adjust anything to see it on my MB screen.

    Also, I think baybegirl was reffering to the fact that if you turn up the contrast, the issue becomes more apparent (for capturing on camera). This may also increase your chances of demonstrating said problem to a technician when trying to get the issue resolved.

    Icewind
     
  8. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Are the lines horizontal or kinda of diagonal?

    I looked at the pictures and all I saw are diagonal lines. Yeah I noticed them on a bunch of Macbooks I came across, it is quite apparently if you flip your Macbook backwards and look at the screen from a downwards angle (like when you are using your laptop in bed with it resting on your lap above your head).
     
  9. baybegirl thread starter macrumors member

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    yea my fault they're actualy diagonal lines not horizontal
    i decided to buy the macbook anyway, i don't even notice it unless i get all up close and truly examine the thing, and even then sometimes i don't see it...this display is still alot better than the macbook pro's which has the grain that is so easy to see
     
  10. blueflame macrumors 6502a

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    me too

    I had this same thing happen when i first got my macbook. I returned it back to the apple store. I consider it a defect.
    Andreas

     

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