Graphics Card Glitching? Or Lion Problem? nVidia 320m

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by aeronauticsrock, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. aeronauticsrock macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    In the last couple days, Ive noticed some occasional glitching on my display. It lasts about a second, and has been happening 1-2 times per day. It is not in a consisten location. I managed to catch a screenshot of what it looks like (with my fantasy baseball league, lol). The glitching I have seen is on my external display- Dell U2410. It doest't seem to be related to the panel though.

    Here are my system specs:

    MacBook Pro, 13" Mid 2010
    2.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo
    8GB 1067Mhz DDR3 Ram
    NVIDIA 320m 256MB Graphics Card
    240GB OCZ Vertex 2 Limited Edition SSD

    ANY help on this would be appreciated. Is it a graphics card issue? I am under AppleCare until September, and might buy the extension if it looks like I have a flaky card.

    Thank you!!

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  2. ABadSanta macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2011
    So you haven't seen the glitch on your 13" display, and just on the monitor?

    Regardless, call Apple Technical support or set up an appointment with a Genius Bar at an apple store near you.
  3. aeronauticsrock thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I haven't noticed it on the built-in monitor yet, but I am always focused on the Dell. Next time it happens, Ill glance over and see if its on the MBP display.

    Thanks for the tip on the appt- going in this afternoon.
  4. bulata, Jul 25, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2011

    bulata macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    I have a very similar issue - same mid 2010 macbook. So far the people I've heard of having this problem all have the same 320m graphics card, so I do hope this is only a software issue. Also, I never experienced any glitches under SL.

    btw - have you encountered this glitch?

    And also could you tell us how that appointment with the genius bar went?

    EDIT: yet another dude with similar issues
  5. aeronauticsrock thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I never noticed the type of issue seen in the video. To be honest, I'm not sure if I tried dragging a file out of finder though.

    The genius thought immediately that it was a failing graphics card. I mentioned that I hadn't really noticed it under SL (definitely suggests software).

    Regardless, they took it for extensive testing and evaluation. He seemed confident it would be shipped back to me with a new main logicboard.
  6. bulata macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    Since this bugged e a lot, I started messing around with the desktop and found, that if I switch the dock to 2d, both the dragging issue and this graphical glitch you experienced seem to have been resolved.

    Anyhow, a new motherboard could never hurt.
  7. aeronauticsrock, Jul 27, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011

    aeronauticsrock thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Well, I got my MBP back today. They claim that their tests showed that my problem was with my aftermarket 8GB of RAM. Not sure if that seems likely, but they gave me 8GB of Apple Approved RAM for free, so I guess I can't complain.

    Also, I tried the problem in the video you posted, and I could not see any glitching like that.

    EDIT: It wasn't the RAM. I just had the problem again (this time on the built-in display) bigger than ever. Interestingly, It stayed for 5 seconds, until I tried to scroll, and then it disappeared.
  8. aeronauticsrock thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Not sure what's going on now though. Before I sent it in, on a fresh boot I would get to the log in screen (on Lion) in about 5 seconds.

    Now it takes 20-25 seconds. Frustrating. Any ideas?
  9. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    So was the graphics card the issue? I have the exact same problem as the OP.
  10. BAC5.2 macrumors regular

    May 16, 2011
    My late '09 MBP did this daily, every time it would switch to internal graphics. Forcing the nVidia would solve the problem. After 4 fix attempts, they replaced the computer with an early 2010 and the problem hasn't come back.

  11. aeronauticsrock thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2010
    It's unconfirmed in my book. They did nothing with the graphics card and I still have the issue, so no way to be sure.

    That being said, Im almost POSITIVE it's a software problem. I never noticed it before Lion. Sounds like LOTS of people developed problems after going to Lion. I think they need to update the graphics driver, nothing more.
  12. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    Okay good. Yeah I never noticed it before Lion either come to think of it. That said other than the minor graphical issues it's working great.

    Thanks for the update.
  13. ljonesj macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Kingsport TN
    my 2010 macbookpro 13 with the 320 is not doing that odd yours is and i did the update instead of the clean install what were you doing when the graphics glitched, on both my mac mini and macbook i ran disk utility several times repairing permissions and such the i deleted out with app cleaner several programs i never used and some that were makng my mini act odd and have not had that much problems since
  14. aeboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
    Same thing is happening to my 13" 2010 320m.

    It's most definitely Lion, never occurred with SL and when I downgraded to SL, the artifacts stopped appearing. I just did a clean install of Lion a few days ago and now they're showing up again.

    If it were failing graphics card then it would also show up in SL.
    I'm giving Lion a bad :apple:.
  15. sunka, Aug 8, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011

    sunka macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2011
    exactly same problem here... I started to experience the glitches (on both, external and MBP LCD) after Lion installation on my 13" 2010 with 320M too, so I guess it really must be a software issue...
  16. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2010
    The fastest MacBook Air (Quickest login time) still takes over 9 seconds, I hardly believe 5 seconds....
    Anyway best of luck OP!
  17. satchow macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2011
    Try resetting the PRAM
  18. blunderboy macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    The same thing is happening to me, and I have a mid-2010 MBP with the nVidia 320M card. I didn't have these graphical glitches before upgrading to Lion, and they don't appear when I'm in Windows XP, so I'm guessing that it's a software problem and not my graphics card. I hope Apple releases a fix soon, because it's occasionally obnoxious. I can deal with it, because it goes away quickly, but.
  19. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    I have not seen this issue with my MacBook Pro but I've run across similar threads in the past and one thing that I've noticed is that this issue seems to occur with Safari and/or Chrome (and I think I have a recollection of iTunes being involved), both/all of which are based on WebKit. I may be wrong, but I don't think it's hardware or OS related, but more WebKit related. It's possible that it's some combination of WebKit, OS and hardware though. I primarily use Firefox and have never seen the issue personally.
  20. sunka, Aug 25, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2011

    sunka macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2011
    I experienced problems mostly in Eclipse PDT and also in Chrome... :/ But lately I mostly use XCode, no problems there...

    EDIT: I forgot to mention... there is no problem in Bootcamp Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
  21. Clordio macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2011
    Just wanted to pop in and say I am experiencing these exact same issues. Glad to see I'm not the only one experiencing these glitches, was seriously worried the graphics card was toast.

    Same model as OP except I have HDD and stock 4GB Ram.
  22. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    Yeah, hopefully Apple will fix this with 10.7.2. It's a shame because it's the only thing I've really had any trouble with in Lion, and it's not really a big deal as it goes away after I scroll down a page etc. Just slightly annoying.
  23. trfjason macrumors member

    May 28, 2010
    I believe it is Lion's problem as I experienced the same issue with my 2010 MBP 13".
  24. MBP13 macrumors 6502


    Mar 13, 2011
    I'm having the same exact problems as you are. I'm glad I'm not alone here lol.
  25. csjo00 macrumors regular

    May 17, 2010
    Not happening to my brother or I and we're both on the latest 10.6.1

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