Is this a graphic card issue? (video)

appleguy123

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Whenever I move over a Flash video with my mouse the screen flashes checker patterns and it flashes black. Can you watch the video and tell me what you think? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib0-W_AY3nw
Also, sometimes my screen will randomly flash black bars and the mouse will move, but not affect anything.

Edit 8/9:Okay, I was on the phone with the AppleCare reps for around 3 hours, and they told me to take it to the Genius' Bar to get the logic-board replaced. Do I need to back up my data before I go? Any thing else that I should do?
 

mattkidd

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Its quite clear if your experiencing that there's quite a problem... Which Model do you have and the specs?.... its likely to be graphics releated its also recommended you remove flash and reinstall flash. ;)
 

appleguy123

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Okay, I have had a worse issue. There was no Flash running and 3/4 of my screen went totally black, and the rest of it had the black bars. My computer wouldn't even sleep. I had to shut it down.
 

vbman213

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Run Tech Tools Pro 5 (comes with Apple Care)

Run AHT (Apple Hardware Test)
Put your applications disk into your MBP and boot while holding the "D" key.

It could very well be a software glitch. From looking at your video, I can determine a few things...

1) The video card is working. It is rendering and drawing the "rest" of the screen (besides the Flash content)
2) The artifacts are not "global". Meaning, it is only affecting the flash content.

I've never heard of a graphics card suddenly failing to render flash content. It doesn't know what "flash" content is. It just draws what the system tells it to draw.
 

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appleguy123

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Okay, I was on the phone with the AppleCare reps for around 3 hours, and they told me to take it to the Genius' Bar to get the logic-board replaced. Do I need to back up my data before I go? Any thing else that I should do?
 

Eddyisgreat

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The genius said that this is an issue with the ram. Does this make any sense to anyone?
ram sticks can go bad. Is it aftermarket? You should be able to test it with the extended AHT that comes on your original install disk. If you have multiple modules, take one out and test the other by itself. If the symptoms go away, RMA the other stick. Most decent mfrs should have lifetime warranties.
 

appleguy123

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ram sticks can go bad. Is it aftermarket? You should be able to test it with the extended AHT that comes on your original install disk. If you have multiple modules, take one out and test the other by itself. If the symptoms go away, RMA the other stick. Most decent mfrs should have lifetime warranties.
No it's what Apple gave me. And the genius took my laptop away so I can't run any tests.