Windows 8.1 on rMBP Early 2013

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  1. xWhiplash macrumors 65816

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    I have an early 2013 rMBP and installed Windows 7 on it. I decided to put Windows 8 on it a while ago. Ever since I installed it, I get a black flash when I log in. Sometimes the screen will go black for a few seconds while working and come back.

    Is this normal? I did not notice any issues with Windows 7 when I had it installed.

    I have constantly kept it up to date (drivers, Windows, ...) but I still get this. It happens on the laptop display, and external displays.

    This does NOT occur in OS X.
     
  2. xWhiplash thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Anybody? Do I need to go back to Windows 7 to fix this after spending a couple hundred on Windows 8?
     
  3. ayeying macrumors 601

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    It is not normal. I have 8.1 installed on my 2013 Retina MBP and I can play games for hours on end without any blank screens.
     
  4. xWhiplash thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Okay, what do you think is the problem? Windows 7 does not do this, and OS X does not do it either. I have verified that all the drivers and all windows updates are installed. I even re-installed 8.1 and the issue remained.
     
  5. ayeying macrumors 601

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    I don't know. I haven't seen that problem at all. It could be a drivers issue but it could be some sort of power setting.

    I never installed Windows 7 on this because I've been using EFI to boot vs BIOS emulation.
     
  6. xWhiplash thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have verified that the drivers are up to date. I also checked the power options and nothing unusual there.

    I have not had the chance to record the 10 second black screen flash while Windows is running since it is random. However, this is the flash that always happens when I log in.

    http://phstudios.com/videos/Windows8Flicker.mov
     
  7. xWhiplash thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well okay if anybody is interested I finally gave up on this. I formatted and installed Windows 8.1 3 more times and it still did it. I am just running it off a VM which is a shame.
     
  8. xWhiplash thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Okay the VMWare update made the flicker come back. The previous version ran fine. Updated to version 7 and the flicker came back again.

    Seriously, does anybody know what is going on here? OS X never flickers. Windows 7 does not flicker. Just 8.1. NOTHING in the event log, and sometimes I get 10 seconds of black screen while I am trying to work. I tried beta drivers, official drivers, numerous formats, various VM software....

    I really do not want to go to Windows 7 and have to deal with hundreds of Windows Updates. Does anybody have any solution?
     
  9. ayeying macrumors 601

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    That flash during log in, I get it too. I find that to be normal. However, I don't have any flickering issues nor do I know anyone who does. Your case seems to be unique
     

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