MacBook Air 2012: Screen flicker when scrolling

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by KimHansenDK, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. KimHansenDK macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2011
    I just got myself the brand new and maxed out MacBook Air 13" 2012. And damn this machine is a beast :)

    But I have just noticed that when I scroll the text and vertical lines on the screen tend to flicker a little and it is driving me crazy. Is this normal?

    If you do a google search and you try scrolling the vertical line just above the search results flicker when you scroll (try scrolling slowly) Also the text flickers a little. In Facebook you can see it on the comment/like part underneath a status (the icons).

    Do you guys experience this? Or do I need to take it back??
  2. jena55 macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2009
    It is very subtle, but I have noticed it. Not enough to make me think something is really wrong or to take it back though. I figured it might have something to do with the screen brightness or something.
  3. Nerio27 macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2012
    I notice screen tearing when viewing pages with a lot of text, forum posts being the most common. From what I've read, this is a very common issue.
  4. dcorban macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
  5. asting macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2012
    I have noticed too on this screen. Strange, none of my other computers or screens have this problem...
  6. RodPinto macrumors regular

    May 16, 2012
    This doesn't happen with my 11 top of the line 2012 air....
    I5 problem??? Low video memory
  7. asting macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2012
    Not likely. I have 8gb of ram, so more of it is dedicated as vram.
    It's more probably an issue of eye sensitivity. When lcd monitors were becoming popular response time was the big topic, as some could notice ghosting at 15ms while for others it looked just fine. Perhaps this is like that (refresh rate is the same way).
  8. MacBird macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    Are you talking about the web browser or all programs? If browser, you should see an improvement with Mountain Lion and Safari. Firefox scrolling does not look nearly as smooth.
  9. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    Just got a 2012 13" i5, 4GB MBA and I have the flicker problem. First 2 days of use and my eyes felt sore, I guess I'm getting used to it but my eyes do still feel a bit strained.

    Would Apple do a replacement for this issue or are all laptops supposed to be like this? :S
  10. krravi macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2010
    Do we know if these happens on both the Samsung and LG panels or are they happening on one of these only?

    LCD's flicker when scrolling due to their slow response times. But how bad is it? That's the issue.

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