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macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jan 2, 2012
OK guys blizz are doing their usual run around trick of blame the stupid mac user but until I upgraded from Os x 10.4.11 to 10.6.3 I thought My wow was FINALLY working well. With an smcfancontrol turned up to max a temp of 50 degrees c and only small graphic tearling (such as a cactus across org) I was happy no lag issues no latency everythign was rosie. I appologise but this is a long post.

When I got my new snow leopard from mac I was overjoyed as it took longer than i would have liked:( but glad it was here - I loaded it up and everything was dandy then I realised my ex's name was on the user name details even though I had changed the name myself to my name it was showing as his computer so I found out how to fix the issue and deleted his profile created a new one and found all my iphoto's GONE! bugger 3 years of photo's gone - at least i have some backed up!

Wow was still installed so I tried to run it - the launcher refused to open and all i got was the little bounce fromt eh icon - So I check for new updates and then isolated the issue by selecting each download leaving only one not updated final cut pro (a program I don't use so I thought what the heck:p). Tried to load the launcher again and nothing so I deleted any wow referance and then reinstalled from blizz website account page. I did manage with some faffing before reinstalling to get an error but it was so unique no-one else on the forums had it so after a few hours of trying I decided to reinstall.

I could log in with only a small glitch on load (said I could play then when I logged out changed it's mind) Then Woah! I can't see anything every ones belt's turned into triangles! GREY triangles pink green blue all over the screen I tried different resolutions, I tried different graphic settings and nothing worked for long and the dreaded triangles came back each time!

I tried resting the mac but it was unpredictable I could be playing for hours and nothing then I turn around to see the the triangles again.

The only thing that now works is a restart of wow!

Needless to say I went to them first but I'm covering my bases here more experts more head better than none:p I play facebook games without issue and they require graphics and flash and work without glitches.

I know my graphics card is old and without support but there has to be something other than silly blizz q's like have you downloaded the drivers?? I mean honestly thats a windows techy for sure!

Graphics card details are
'Chipset Model: ATY,RadeonX1600
Type: GPU
Bus: PCIe
PCIe Lane Width: x16
VRAM (Total): 256 MB
Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
Device ID: 0x71c5
Revision ID: 0x0000
ROM Revision: 113-xxxxxx-139
EFI Driver Version: 01.00.139
Resolution: 1680 x 1050
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Built-In: Yes
Display Connector:
Status: No Display Connected

and a picture of what my graphics look like in wow :

If anyone can lend a hand please wade in I'm happy to give any details as long as I can continue to play with my friends and partner - I'm the main raid healer so if I can't see to get out the fire I'm gonna have someone call me a noob!
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macrumors 68000
Feb 26, 2011
Well, overheating can frequently be solved with some new thermal paste and a good cleaning of the fans and vents on the video card and computer. Now, if the graphics card is failing for other reasons, it's no bueno for sure.


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jan 2, 2012
ty but alas no blizz also wanted to blame the mac for this but at 50 c at max rpm after its been on alllllll day - no way this is overheating issue - especially as the problem improved with a simple reload of the program.
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