Flickering Spotlight List

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Infrared, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. Infrared macrumors 68000

    Infrared

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    #1
    Does anyone else's Spotlight list flicker when typing into
    the search field?

    I didn't notice it before, but just applied the Leopard gfx
    update and the EFI update and now I see it.

    What happens is that the whole list disappears and then
    reappears quickly, and this looks like flickering. It doesn't
    flicker when I stop typing.

    Also: I never applied the HD2600XT firmware update, and
    do not wish to if I can avoid it.

    Thanks.
     
  2. overcast macrumors 6502a

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    #2
    Not in spotlight but I've definitely seen a flickering dialogue/menu box somewhere. Let me see if I can dig it up.
     
  3. rtrt, Mar 28, 2008
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011

    rtrt macrumors 6502a

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  4. Chunk72 macrumors member

    Chunk72

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    #4
    Mine is doing it too - flickers with parts of the desktop background in the drop down box.

    I've applied all the latest patches.
     
  5. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000

    Infrared

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    Hi Chunk. When you say all, you include the HD2600XT firmware
    update? I think you probably do, but I just want to doublecheck,
    thanks.

    It's a fairly trivial issue, I think, as long as it doesn't indicate some
    deeper problem. I'm just curious about it.
     
  6. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000

    Infrared

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    Thanks for letting me know, rtrt.
     
  7. Chunk72 macrumors member

    Chunk72

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    My bad, I thought I had applied the 2600 fw update but it is still showing as available - I declined this time.

    In another twist, spotlight has stopped doing the flickering thing since I left the machine powered off overnight.
     
  8. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000

    Infrared

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    Ok, I'll give it some time to right itself. The worst case would
    be that the fw update wraps up some necessary tweaks with
    some unnecessary ones - i.e., the increased fan speed.
     
  9. rtrt, Mar 29, 2008
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011
  10. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    No flickering here, I've applied all the updates.
     
  11. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000

    Infrared

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    I may try grabbing the old drivers off the Leopard
    install disk to see if it disappears.

    I maybe had my silly head on yesterday applying
    these updates. After all, nothing was not working
    before. But then I don't want to end up 6 months
    from now with a huge list of ignored updates. It
    feels great to be up-to-date for some odd reason.
     
  12. Infrared thread starter macrumors 68000

    Infrared

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    Ok, I decided to reinstall without the update. I wanted to slim down
    the system a little bit and get rid of unnecessary language support
    etc. Only partially successful it seems as there's still a bunch of
    Japanese fonts in some menus. Goodness knows how they got in
    there.

    Anyhow, without the Leopard graphics update the flickering has gone.
    Hurrah, hooray and all that! Also, I am sure now that the menus were
    flickering before. Now that I have a reference point, that is very clear.

    Finally, it's not only this machine that had the flickering. I noticed it on
    some other Mac Pros too. And, despite the MP boot ROM update being
    supposedly dependent on the graphics update, there are no adverse
    effects that I can see if that dependency is not installed.

    Frankly, I'm getting to the point where I might never install an update
    like this again. If it seems to work, and there are no security issues, I
    may just let it pass in future. A flickering menu may seem like a small
    issue. In many ways it is inconsequential. But it's like a little flea-sized
    bug that's constantly there biting away and distracting you.
     

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