MBP flickering on specific shades of dark gray

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  1. tkermit, Mar 17, 2011
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    tkermit macrumors 68030

    tkermit

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    I'm on a 2010 13" MBP, and displaying certain darker shades of gray will result in fairly noticeable flickering, at least when the shade of gray is covering the whole screen. This is especially apparent at the highest brightness setting. I know that there are certain patterns that can result in flickering, but I wasn't aware that the same was true for solid colors?!

    Specifically, I can provoke the flickering by displaying a full-screen solid color at a brightness of 21% on the gray scale...


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    The effect is not noticeable at this size, so you'll have to click on the image, for the 1280x800 version, or use Preview.app to scale it up to even higher resolutions. You'll probably want to raise the brightness to the highest level as well.
     
  2. tkermit, Mar 17, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2011

    tkermit thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It's even weirder than I thought. It seems that if a certain color dominates the screen, the whole screen starts to flicker, including colored parts that otherwise wouldn't. Is anyone able to explain or verify this?

    Here are two pictures. They both contain rectangles colored in the same way, only differently sized. In Full Screen mode, the first one shows no noticeable flicker. The second one, on the other hand, results in significant flickering in both the larger left part as well as the smaller right part. :confused:


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  3. Ceebee1980 macrumors regular

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    I've seen this too, on a 2011 MBP. But, it doesn't seem to have to be gray-dominated colors. Even just a little patch. I notice this in some movie bars (espn.com) and the homescreen for Steam....
     
  4. codymac macrumors 6502

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    FWIW, my 15" MBP does this when it's running Intel graphics but doesn't do it on the AMD.

    As Ceebee1980 said, it's especially noticeable on the Steam home screen.
     
  5. tkermit thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Would you mind checking whether that's also true for the first picture I posted? (I don't think the link was working before)
     

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