Screen Flickers & Hangs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sumanthm, May 23, 2010.

  1. sumanthm macrumors newbie

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    This is my first week on Mac. Periodically the screen flickers & hangs for a while after that it's back to normal. It's very annoying :mad:
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    It would help to know a little bit about your Mac. What model is it? New or used?
     
  3. sumanthm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's a used one.

    MBP
    15"
    GeForce 8600M GT
    OS X 10.6.3
    2.2Ghz 4GB(800 MHz)
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Did the previous owner report any hardware problems? Have you reinstalled OS X since you got it?

    FYI, sounds like you have a Mid 2007 or Late 2007 model.
     
  5. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    See if you can get that to an Apple Store or an authorized service center. The 8600M's had fairly common problems, and that symptom could be a result of a failing GPU. There's a fairly easy test they can run on it to find out if the graphics card is at fault.

    jW
     
  6. sumanthm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Previous owner didn't report any hardware problem. He has upgraded the OS before giving it to me.
     
  7. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Not normal.

    If you buy it from Apple or one under warranty, Apple will diagnoise and fix the problem for free.

    When did you buy it? Is it under warranty?
     
  8. sumanthm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My cousin is buying a new laptop, so he gave it to me. It isn't under warranty
     
  9. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Did he upgrade it or did he erase the hard drive and reinstall?
     
  10. sumanthm thread starter macrumors newbie

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  11. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    I suggest running an erase and install. It's always a good idea to start fresh with a used computer, even when you aren't having problems.
     

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