rMBP screen flicker

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by axlvtt, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. axlvtt macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2012
    So I've had my rMBP for about a week now, and I've noticed that my screen would flicker whenever I am downloading something. It would flicker for about a second every 30 seconds or so. It stops when nothing is downloading, but it is getting pretty annoying and I'm wondering if I should call Apple up and ask for a replacement. Is anybody else having a similar problem?


    OK so I am running Skype for the first time on my rMBP and I am also getting the flickering. I guess it happens when I have multiple programs running.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Are they the same programs, or different ones?

    I've not noticed any flicker and I frequently have multiple apps/windows open.
  3. axlvtt thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2012
    I noticed the flickering earlier in the day when I was downloading something on uTorrent. I noticed it again while I was downloading Skype on Google Chrome. Then it happened again (once) while I was running Skype.


    I'm not having problems waking up from sleep mode. My screen seems to flicker while I am using my rMBP.
  4. axlvtt thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2012
    OK so here is what it looks like:


    This is Google Chrome with uTorrent running. This is just one of the ways I get the screen flicker. It also happens when I do other things (such as downloading a file on the internet or playing a video file). What do you guys think? I have about a week left of my 14-day return window. Should I wait for ML or call and ask for a replacement?
  5. axlvtt thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2012
    Can anybody give me any advice? I'd like the make the call right away if I need to.
  6. TLewis, Jul 24, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2012

    TLewis macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2007
    left coast, US
    Unless you're using google chrome beta, I'd stop using chrome. Many versions of chrome seem to tickle bugs in the rMBP. Try using a different browser.
  7. axlvtt thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2012
    I talked with technical support and we did some troubleshooting. I had to turn off the computer and hold down certain keys for a reset. I don't know if it'll help, but I'll also stop using Chrome. I guess I'll test is out tonight and call again if the problem continues.

    BTW, I asked about their 14-day return policy and she acted clueless, telling me that they don't allow returns. I'm in Japan talking to their English support line, but please tell me that this is just a bunch of baloney? I think its ridiculous if Apple won't honor their 14-day no hassle return policy outside of the US.
  8. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    I wouldn't worry about the 14 day return, it's obviously defective so it's covered under your 1 year warranty.

    I'd try completely wiping the laptop and reinstalling Lion (or ML) to see if it keeps happening.

    It is possible for you to keep your laptop while Apple ship you a new one,and then you just return the defective one when the new one arrives so you're not without a laptop.

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