MacBook Pro 15" mid 2015 Retina Screen flickering

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  1. MacHead84 macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    My rMBP 15" mid 2015 is just 3 weeks old and I got this wird screen flickering when watching You Tube Videos. Even one time the screen turned black.
    Could it be a software issue?

    Cheers

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  2. AppleFan22 macrumors regular

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    I would suggest you reinstall OS X, by turning off your Mac, then holding Cmd + R when rebooting, then selecting Reinstall OS X. This will delete all of your data, back it up first if you care about it! Then see if the issue persists. If it does, take it to the Apple Store. They'll be likely to give you a new one if they can't fix it.
     
  3. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    Create a new partition on your internal hard drive and install OS X on the new partition. Once OS X has been installed, reboot to the new partition. Set it up but don't install anything, use as it was installed. Now see if the issue happens. If it does, take you computer to the Apple Store to have it looked. Reboot to back your primary partition and delete the new partition.
     
  4. lankox macrumors regular

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    I have the same problem. It just started very recently and it only happens in safari.
     
  5. MacHead84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Take the MacBook to Apple is really the last thing I want to do because I need it for daily work. :(
    I guess reinstalling OSX will delete the Boot Camp partition too?
     
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  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    As it's only 3 weeks old they will probably replace it if you ask nicely, unless it's a customised spec of course.
     
  8. Big Ron macrumors 6502

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    Does it happen only when viewing You Tube videos? If it is ok when viewing videous outside of You Tube then there is a strong possibility it a software issue. If it happens on all video playback then it is a hardware issue. Back to Apple you must go.
     
  9. MacHead84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I couldn't take it anymore. It started flickering no matter what I did with it.
    Emails, web browsing, YouTube etc.
    I brought it up to Apple for repair service yesterday.
    They will inform me when I can pick it up. If they are going to replace it or just repair it I don't know yet.

    I keep you posted.

    Cheers.
     
  10. FuNGi macrumors 65816

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    I predict they replace the screen and logic board.
     
  11. MacHead84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yesterday Apple gave me back my MacBook. They said it is not a Hardware issue and told me they could not run a Software check since my MacBook was locked by Password.
    So I asked them why the hell you not told me that when I brought my MacBook in to remove the Password lock?
    But they only shrug with their shoulders. They say if I wait 30 Min and Pay 60 Euros they can reinstall the OS.
    I said that I can do at home for free. They say yes you can.
    They added, Apple gives World Wide Warranty only on the Hardware but not on the Software.


    Since they open my MacBook that maybe solved the issue. I will wait now and see if the problem is gone.
    But if not than I will reinstall the OS and see if that works.

    I keep you posted.....
     
  12. brand macrumors 601

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    Would you drop off your car with a mechanic but not leave the keys so that they could open the doors and start it up to fully diagnose the issue?

    I'm not sure what more you were expecting them to do without access to the system.

    If they ran AHT and it passed it is very likely that they did not remove the bottom cover of the computer.
     
  13. bow-one macrumors newbie

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    I am also experiencing the incident that you are facing. However, I noticed that the screen flickers when I open or switch to an app with graphic intensive content. Could it be the switching from integrated to discrete graphics card or graphics card failure? If the problem persists or worsen, I will bring it into to Apple and see what they have to say.
     
  14. lankox macrumors regular

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    From my experience this only happens when the gpu kicks in so I believe this is normal.
     
  15. MacHead84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I came across an information from 2009 that if you use JAVA Applications such as JDownloader the screen flickering appears. Indeed I notice as soon as I start downloading files with JDownloader the flickering starts. But they say it's a Java Bug and not a JD bug. But JDownloader doesn't run without Java!?!
    I have removed Java and JD from my Mac and reinstalled Yosemite. So far so good.
    Let's see if the problem is solved. But now I don't have a good download manager anymore :(

    I keep you posted.

    https://board.jdownloader.org/showthread.php?t=7565
     
  16. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    You didn't have a good one before, just look what it did to your computer.....
     
  17. MacHead84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Honestly I think its a Apple problem. JD runs smooth as silk on Windows.
     
  18. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Well you could say it's an apple problem or you could say Java hasn't coded their software to run well on OSX, if you supply something for use with apple products it's your responsibility to make it work with it or withdraw the product.
     
  19. magicgob macrumors newbie

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    I'm having exactly the same problem with my mid-2015 macbook pro, running Yosemite. Happens about 5-10 times a day.... Looks like it doesn't help to bring it in to Apple from what I read across the web since they put it off as a software issue...
     
  20. MacHead84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Try to remove all Java related software and plugins. That helped me. I damn miss my beloved JDownloader but what can I do? I do not appreciate screen flickering. :( At least on my 2012 iMac i do not have this problem running Java and JD.
     
  21. doitdada macrumors 6502a

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    If you have the model with M370X this is perfectly normal. Whenever your Macbook Pro requires some more power it switches automatically from the Iris Pro to the M370X. There will be a little flicker when this happens. You can disable switching in the energy saver preferences, and this issue will be totally gone. The battery life may suffer, but you won't have problems with your computer switching graphics cards.

    There is a tool which gives you bit more control over which card you want to use and reports which card you use and when it switches. It's called gfxcardstatus and can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

    https://gfx.io

    If your machine still flickers when you exclusively use one card, there may be something wrong with your computer.
     
  22. auero macrumors 65816

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    I have a similar issue. It happens when my graphics card switches from integrated to discrete or vice versa. Supposedly it's a hardware issue.
     
  23. blackemnc macrumors newbie

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    Hey,
    If you are trying with the scaled resolution, switch back to default scaled resolution. I had the exact problem changing it to factory default scaled option solved the issue..
    Hope it may help.
     
  24. azpekt, Nov 14, 2015
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    I have the same issue. I forcefully pinned laptop to using only dedicated GPU - we`ll see how it behaves.

    Weird thing is that I experienced such artefacts while using external 27 inch display, I think that`s where M370X should work by default...

    Another place, where I saw this pesky flickering - is scrolling something in console, like big text file in Vim.

    Anyway, I`m trying to fix this thing. I still have almost two weeks opportunity to return my macbook. That would be a shame, since I really like this machine.

    UPDATE: Issue still present. Very disappointed, bad, bad Apple!
     
  25. doitdada macrumors 6502a

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    I left the rMBP 2015 dGPU for a rMB at the alter.
     

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