Intermittent Blue Screen on Intel Mac

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by WhiteVan, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. WhiteVan macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys.

    I'm getting an intermittent blue screen on my mac. It usually lasts about 2 seconds, then OSX pops back up.

    Any ideas?

    Reset my PRAM, ran a disc check utility, still the same problem.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    That screen is most likely caused by the Macbook thinking that an external monitor has been unplugged or plugged in. Are you using an external monitor? Try using compressed air to clean out the external monitor port. Be careful, it isn't made of the strongest of things.
     
  3. WhiteVan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Never used an external monitor. I will blow out the port though, because I live in college and my computer does get pretty dusty.

    Will try, and report back.

    Thanks.
     
  4. WhiteVan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No luck.

    And I've noticed something odd, that may be unrelated. When I try to software update, I can't because it says a third party has tampered with the downloads, and they can't be installed.

    Coincidence or connected?
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    I don't think that's related. Did you try downloading the updates directly from Apple's site?
     
  6. WhiteVan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    They are not important updates, just wondering if they are related.

    It just started doing the blue screen thing not long ago.

    It seems to go to the blue screen more frequently when the computer is being actively typed on or used, and when I'm just reading something, it doesn't happen.

    It's rather aggravating, to be honest. It's happening about every 45 seconds at the moment.
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    The internal video cable could be coming loose. If you take it to an Apple Store they'll replace it or fix it.
     
  8. WhiteVan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's not under warranty. Are they going to charge me to do it?
     
  9. Intell macrumors P6

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    Probably, but they'll look at it for free at the Genius Bar.
     

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