MBP 17" - screen has gone slightly hiper graphic red

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BarrySumpter, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. BarrySumpter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2009

    The screen has gone slightly hiper graphic red.

    Does anyone know of a way to fix this?


    Barry G. Sumpter

    Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 17" (SR) Specs (Mid/Late 2007, 2.4GHz* - MA897LL/A) @ EveryMac.com
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    It looks like banding. Check your Display preferences and make sure it's set to "Millions" of colors.
  3. BarrySumpter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2009
    Thanks for the super quick reply.

    Was at milllios with this issue still displaying.
    Change to thousand, still happening.
    Change to millions, still happening.

    Anyone have any other thoughts?

    All my best,
    Barry G. Sumpter
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Well, not sure. The rest of the display (Dock and other icons) looks normal.

    I suggest trying to recall what you were doing when the change was first noticed (installing new apps, for instance).

    Try changing the Desktop background image and see if other images are similarly distorted. Whether they are or aren't might help shed some light on the problem.
  5. BarrySumpter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2009
    Thanks for the continued responses.

    Yes, all images are.

    But if I go to the Apple Movie trailers, the Web QuickTime player really goes nuts on the hyper red.
    Everything gets turned red.

    Checking VLC player and only a few colors go hyper red.
    QuickTime player playing a .mov is the same as VLC.

    Any more thoughts anyone?
  6. p3ncil macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2009
    trying creating a new user account, log in to it and see if problem persist. If it does, applecare.
  7. Sneakz macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    8600M GT graphics failure. Mine started like that, then started to kernel panic whenever it happened.
  8. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Try calibrating the display (System Preferences -> Displays -> Color -> Calibrate). If that doesn't help, it may be the 8600M GT, but as a positive thing, it has 3 year warranty
  9. BarrySumpter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2009
    Genius schedule for Tuesday.

    Was hoping it might be graphics/video drivers or recent SW udates.

    New account has same problem.

    Would love to read any other suggestions.

    And will post the Genius findings ASAP.
  10. Shrapnel macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2002
    Try doing a PRAM reset. That has happened on our MacBookPro 1,1 and a 2007 iMac before. Not sure what sets it off, but is rare and sporadic. A PRAM reset has fixed it every time for me.

  11. BarrySumpter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2009
    Good call.

    Resetting PRAM and NVRAM:

    Shut down the computer.

    Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command, Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously when instructed below.

    Turn on the computer.

    Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys.
    You must press this key combination before the gray screen appears.
    (Apple logo will NOT appear. If it does try rebooting again.)

    Hold the keys down until the computer restarts.
    (Screen goes black )
    (Screen goes grey for second boot sequence and Apple logo appears. )
    And you hear the startup sound for the second time.
    Release the keys.


    Regretably, still showing red hyper colors.

    Happy to keep trying anything until I leave for the Genius Bar.
  12. Hannify macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2007
    The thing about PRAM is that even if it resolves the symptom, nine times out of ten there is a more systemic problem going on that remains unresolved. The P stands for parameter, and all the PRAM does is hold various system settings that OS X needs to access quickly. These include video settings, so reseting PRAM will some times temporarily fix a display issue. But the question always remains as to where the corrupt data living in the PRAM originated. Sometimes this can be a totally random, one-off, inexplicable software glitch that has simply shot some bad bits somewhere, but in my experience serious issues like the one experienced by the OP are almost always indicative of failed or failing hardware, or some very serious problem in the OS. I've reset (and seen geniuses reset) PRAM and NVRAM many times that appear to fix an issue, only to have the issue return later down the road in a vastly more pathogenic form.

    In any case, all I mean to say is be wary. If you're having a persistent issue (even if it occurs rarely), PRAM could be a bandaid on a massive ulcer waiting to explode. Just my 2 cents.
  13. Shrapnel macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2002
    Not disputing that it there is something wrong that causes, however for as rare as it occurs for me and this fixes it, then I'm OK with it. Just wanted to pass it on. If it was an actual hardware issue, then resetting the PRAM shouldn't fix it. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume it's something related to Apple's firmware or drivers.

    Good luck on Tuesday then!
  14. BarrySumpter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2009
    $1200 to replace the display.

    Lukily the guy I bought it from just 2 weeks ago gave me a refund.

    Even more lucky I got another for just another $75 with a full year AppleCare!

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