Blinking (flashing, flickering) working window Mavericks

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by CasGie, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. CasGie, Dec 5, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2013

    CasGie macrumors newbie

    CasGie

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    I have a MacBook Air (year 2012), 256GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB, OS X 10.9 (13A603). All updates are installed.

    A few weeks ago I updated to Mavericks. Since then the actual working window blinks about every 10 seconds. Note that this problem only occurs when logged in with my main user account. Guest and a reserve account don't have this problem.
    The blinking screen causes a lot of troubles like missing characters when typing, closing menus directly after opening a menu, and closing the Launchpad.

    When I searched the internet I read several articles saying that Google Drive causes the problem. And here is my issue: I don't have Google Drive.

    This is what I tried so far:
    • cold and warm boot, even with CTRL-R
    • cleaning VRAM and PRAM
    • all the control and recover tools in Disk Utility
    • changing screen resolution
    • removed some PLIST-files (as suggested on a specific forum)

    Some suggest that the best to do is a clean reinstall of Mavericks. But before I do that I wanna know if there is somebody out there who has a more easy and convenient method.

    Thanks in advance for help.
    /Caspar
     
  2. madrich macrumors regular

    madrich

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    The clean install should help you avoid any 3rd party software that might be incompatible with Mavericks. I had the same problem plus kernel panics. I tried to manually identify the problem by deleting 3rd party software and cleaning caches. I was tempted to install a clean Mavericks too, and I was waiting for the Apple update. Finally the problems became too much for me to bear, and I reverted back to Snow Leopard via my Time Machine.
     
  3. CasGie thread starter macrumors newbie

    CasGie

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    Thanks Madrich for your input. Maybe that's the best thing to do since I haven't found any other solution. Not funny, but no other choice :-(
     
  4. madrich macrumors regular

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    Update: After deleting Mavericks, erasing my HD, and a clean install of Snow Leopard, my computer still had problems that I attribute to the Mavericks installation. I took it to the Apple Genius and my computer is having surgery in Cupertino for a new Logic Board. However, the Genius was not 100% sure that was the problem, but it was most likely one. One of his tests showed a -128; not sure what that number means.
     

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