Light blue screen flashing at me. What is it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sal Collaziano, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Sal Collaziano macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2007
    Royal Palm Beach, FL
    When shutting down, we get a familiar light blue screen before the computer turns off. I'm getting this flashing at me while operating my MBP. It seems to happen twice, every so often. The screen will turn blue and become empty simultaneously for about a half second - then the screen I'm expecting to see comes back for about half a second - and then the light blue screen comes back again for about a half a second, and then everything goes back to normal.

    What the heck is this?

    I must say, I'm having a little bit of a difficult time with my switch to Apple from Microsoft last November. I've already had to replace the logic board, it appears as if my network card is no longer working (I can only connect via WiFi) - and now I'm having this odd light-blue screen flashing... My video card?
  2. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2005
    Are using or have ever used an external monitor? These flashes are typical of the computer detecting an external monitor and switching modes to accommodate it. It sounds like your computer is checking, not finding anything and then switching back. Maybe something is jammed in there, or a bug in the software or preference lists are causing it to keep checking. I think there's a preference list for external monitors somewhere...

    also check your settings for your displays under system preferences. Do you play games? maybe some rogue software has you switching resolutions or display modes.
  3. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I agree, it sounds like an external monitor is being searched for.
  4. VI. macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2010
    After three logic boards and a new MacBook Pro replacement, I bought a Mini-display to HDMI adapter and the blue screen flash went away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (It was the HDMI adapter that saved the year!!!!!!!!!)

    Note: Mini-display to DVI and Mini-display to VGA apple adapters still result in the blue screen flashing.

    What a total waste of time!!!! Apple care and apple repair centre were not very useful! :eek:

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