Screen sparkling and distortion issues

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  1. tucker3434 macrumors regular

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    I was using safari and my screen locked up. Large areas got distorted and little (maybe 1/8" blocks) started flickering all over the screen. It wouldn't recognize any input from my keyboard or mouse. This really scares me for a number of reasons: I wasn't doing anything very difficult to cause the crash, The computer has basically nothing on it, and the reason I bought a mac was for its stability. I head back to school tomorrow (read: I head far away from a mac store), and I need to know if I should go by the mac store before I leave. It's a 27" i5 if that makes any difference.
     
  2. Bitwise macrumors member

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    Is this the issue you're experiencing?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVHCn9VSyIA

    Take it back and exchange it for a new one. The only problem with exchanging it is that you might end up getting one of the iMacs with the yellow tinge or screen flickering (I'm on my fourth yellow tinge iMac). If you have another computer then I'd just return it and wait until Apple resolves these issues, otherwise I'd exchange it and hope for the best. You can always have it repaired in the future.
     
  3. archipellago macrumors 65816

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    Why you'll love a Mac.

    A Mac is designed to give you the best computer experience possible. Because Apple makes both the hardware and the software, everything just works. Like a computer should. So whether you’re accessing a Wi-Fi network, organising your photos by faces or video chatting, everything is surprisingly simple.




    what a joke....
     
  4. tucker3434 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's exactly what's happening. Will this be a recurring problem? Could this be a bad video card?
     
  5. bobob macrumors 68030

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    You weren't by chance watching a Twilight DVD, were you?
     
  6. tucker3434 thread starter macrumors regular

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  7. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...huh?
     
  8. tucker3434 thread starter macrumors regular

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  9. bobob macrumors 68030

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    He was politely responding to my Twilight quip.
     
  10. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

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    just for a test get the smcfan control program and raise ur fans up a couple of notches and see what happens as it might be a vid card heat issue that what makes think part of the flickering some have could eb caused by besides a bad vid panel
     
  11. tucker3434 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I swapped it today just in case. Hopefully I'll never see it again.
     
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  13. Bitwise macrumors member

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    I doubt you'll see it again. Your issue is pretty rare from what I understand. The most common issue seems to be the yellow tinge.
     
  14. Ecoh macrumors 6502a

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    I have seen it twice on my 27" i7. Both times I had just used a third party plugin filter in CS4. I can live without that filter.
     

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