My MBP is doing strange things.

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  1. DaftMonk, Jan 31, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2011

    DaftMonk macrumors member

    DaftMonk

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    15" Core i7 high-res antiglare, with 8GB of OWC RAM and a 512MB graphics chip. A few things:

    Ever since I first got it, I've noticed when using Safari that parts of webpages and documents will sometimes "become" part of my desktop, forcing me to change the desktop image to make them disappear. I don't have an example for you guys, but basically small snippets of the webpage will become attached to the desktop image. This never really bothered me, as I could change the image and they would disappear.

    A more important event, though, and one that's just happened again: my computer becomes ridiculously slow (Safari takes 20 seconds to scroll down a page in increments, Expose is the same), freezes applications and sometimes is unable to open them, forgets what mouse input is given it, and the screen will become strangely posterized, even affecting a slight CMYK halftone. Also, THIS happens (also I hope you can see the slight halftone):

    http://cl.ly/1s280U3C0D2U1k0j361z

    http://cl.ly/3O2A2u3i2V1s0B3u0D01

    What the HELL is going on!? Is there a problem with the graphics chip? Something to do with the HGAG display? Gah, this is frustrating!

    Any help is much appreciated.

    EDIT: Slideshows in Preview now quit after ~5 seconds.
    EDIT 2: No matter what I do, files on the desktop ignore the menubar when reordered: http://cl.ly/0o1j2T3u2E0F212m2k1S
    EDIT 3: After restarting, all behaviour is back to normal, and halftone is gone. o_O
    http://cl.ly/383Z0t1v1t2W0A3f2131
     
  2. Erasmus macrumors 68030

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    You're using some sort of weird theme, yes?

    Is likely the cause of your problems.

    And no, I can't see what's wrong with the screenshots.

    P.S. The theme looks very nice :p
     
  3. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    I was thinking that myself.

    As I've been told by a lot of people here, when your MBP does weird things that can't be explained, reset the PRAM...and I've only ever done it once for an unexplainable issue but well, it worked so after backing up, if all else fails, giv-er a whirl and git-r-dun
    :confused:
     
  4. ExiledMafia macrumors regular

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    I like your macbook pro where can i get one hahaha
     
  5. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    It's custom yo, it's custom. :cool:

    Although it is about to explode now that SB has been found to be defective :D
     
  6. tjb1 macrumors 68000

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    Yes it is whatever theme you applied doing that. I found that also when I attempted to put a theme on mine, removed as soon as I found that. Also the theme seems to make login a lot longer...
     
  7. shakeman0 macrumors 6502a

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  8. DaftMonk thread starter macrumors member

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    Theme? There are no themes, just a customized dock and icons. I've had both on my 2007 MacBook Pro with no problems whatsoever. :(
     
  9. noire anqa macrumors regular

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    It's nothing to do with the "theme". For a start as the OP says, its a couple of graphics in the dock app. I'm betting on bad ram or gpu issues.

    Go to http://www.memtest.org/, download the precompiled bootable iso, burn to disc and test your memory.

    Run the suite of tests at least 3 times.

    If the memory is fine then book an appointment to see a genius and say you're having gpu issues. Explain you tested the memory. Might be worth making a partition on your disk with a clean osx install and coming up with a way to reliably reproduce the issue before you go see them. Presuming of course that there is actually a way to reliably reproduce the issue.

    Good luck.
     
  10. mellowguy91 macrumors newbie

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    Where did you get the wood themed dock? Thanks and good luck!
     
  11. tjb1 macrumors 68000

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    As soon as I applied the "themes" which changed the menubar and some icons I got the secondary desktop. Its not a gpu/ram problem. Its them changing something in a location they shouldnt be and its affecting the display, probably overlaying another display on top of the current because for the menubar to change you have to have it transparent.
     

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