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Tuesday, 22 March 2011 15:23

Apple's new MacBooks suffer from screen freezes

Written by Nick Farell
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You get what you pay for
The maker of some of the most expensive laptops in the business has a problem with screen freezes. For some reason, Apple's recently launched Macbook Pro notebooks are allegedly suffering from an problem in the GPU hardware.

Angry 15 and 17-inch Macbook Pro customers have flooded Apple's customer forums with complaints. Apparently they expected their very expensive notebooks to actually work when they ran GPU intensive applications, after all that is what they paid extra for. Something about “it just working” . Yeah right.

One owner said that his computer freezes every time he plays any Source game like Counter Strike Source and Team Fortress 2. Pressing the volume buttons makes the screen freeze as does quitting the game through the main menu. The problem has not been spotted in the 13-inch Macbook Pro model.

Of course Apple is denying that it Macbooks are anything but perfect, but word on the street said that there appears to be a problem with the GPU drivers. Why this was not fixed before the machines were released is anyone's guess. We would have thought that screen freezes on that scale would have been spotted during testing.


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-17 #1 Vesper 2011-03-22 15:48
Check this Nick:
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/21/apple-releases-os-x-10-6-7-with-fix-for-macbook-display-issues/

Before you write an article better do some search or people will think you are stupid and clueless....
 
 
+11 #2 Bl0bb3r 2011-03-22 16:43
Well Nick is only wrong in one aspect... this time you don't get what you payed for. I'm not surprised, intel f'up recently so did apple. Why is it so hard to have proper Quality Assurance before releasing a product? Especially an expensive one?
 
 
+7 #3 ViperSpec 2011-03-22 16:46
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
Well Nick is only wrong in one aspect... this time you don't get what you payed for. I'm not surprised, intel f'up recently so does apple. Why is it so hard to have proper Quality Assurance before releasing a product? Especially an expensive one?

Complacency when at the top of ones market, or at least percieved as the best even. IMHO.
 
 
+2 #4 oblivion 2011-03-22 16:49
it is intel what do you expect?

even their Graphics Driver on Windows Sucks :-x


wont even let me open Amnesia: the Dark Descent on my Core i5 Intel HD Graphics on Win 7 with latest drivers
 
 
+5 #5 Marburg_U 2011-03-22 17:09
I don't know why they persist in applying one entire tube of thermal paste on every single chip.
 
 
+6 #6 Nubstick 2011-03-22 17:28
Who writes the drivers for Apple? Does AMD provide OSX drivers (either to the user directory or to Apple) or does Apple write them?
 
 
-9 #7 EVOXSNES 2011-03-22 17:40
Wait! Doesn't the new mac line up have AMD gfx cards... AMD drivers?

Is that the cause lol
 
 
+2 #8 dan 2011-03-22 18:21
Don't expect reasearch from Farrell, he only knows how to parrot other news sources. If he'd bothered doing ANY he'd have discovered that a software fix has already been released that resolves this problem.
 
 
+3 #9 dicobalt 2011-03-22 20:07
I wonder if this is an Apple fail or AMD fail?
 
 
0 #10 Alexandros 2011-03-22 20:53
Quoting oblivion:
it is intel what do you expect?

even their Graphics Driver on Windows Sucks :-x


wont even let me open Amnesia: the Dark Descent on my Core i5 Intel HD Graphics on Win 7 with latest drivers


Sigh... If you would have taken your time to do some research, you'd notice the notebooks that are using an AMD GPU in combination with the Intel IGP are the 15" and the 17". And let those two be the ones suffering all the problems. The 13" isn't suffering from any problems as far as I know, and it only uses the Intel IGP. So start bashing AMD if you want, but I seriously doubt Intel is to blame here.
 

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