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Old 07-05-2010, 02:29 PM
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Sorry, it's all from Adobe forums that are closed to the general public.
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:35 PM
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Re: Flashing monitor in CS5

I have the 2.8 version of your Mac, with the 8800GT, 20" ACD and 16GB RAM.

I experienced virtually the same screen anomaly recently, while working in CS5, and here's how I reconfigured my performance prefs.

Under Performance, check "Enable OpenGL Drawing"

Click Advanced Settings, then select Mode "Normal. Check Vertical Sync and Aniti-alias G&P as well. I started with the "advanced" setting, but think that's where I was asking too much of the card.

On a related note, I found the 10.6.3/10.6.4 OS updates really brought the 880GT to life. Xbench results confirm this. I've had no problems since setting my parameters as described, and IMO, find the 8800 able to handle CS5 quite well.
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:51 PM
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Re: Flashing monitor in CS5

Thank you Southbay. I changed my open GL drawing settings to what you suggested. Before I was running open GL in basic mode.

Two days ago Apple suggested I do an archive and install. Since doing that I have not had the issue, but am just waiting for the issue to reoccur.

By the way it seems that a lot of users on mac forums are having the same issue running NVIDIA and other graphics cards with OS10.6.4. Current advice seems to be to revert back to OS10.6.3. I am still running OS10.6.4, but will revert back to OS10.6.3 if the issue reoccurs. Here is a link to the discussion on Mac forums.

http://discussions.info.apple.com/th...art=0&tstart=0


Also an Adobe employee on Adobe forums told me that Adobe has reported to Apple that the NVDIA card doesn't work with OS10.6.4 and advises reverting back to OS10.6.3.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:12 PM
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Re: Flashing monitor in CS5

^Thanks for the discussion link. Aside from the single incident (so far), it's been relatively smooth sailing here. It certainly does sound like something's fouled up though.

Right now, I'm more concerned about Adobe removing the option to print without color management in CS5. This has made profiling more bothersome than it need be.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:14 PM
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Re: Flashing monitor in CS5

It's not a great graphics card by the standards of the PC side, but Apple's always been weak on that. If the hardware on your card isn't faulty, it's probably a firmware bug, or an OS bug. 1 gb ram cards don't exist on the Mac side, unless you're flashing the bios, and most of the testing on this is by gamers, so not really so much workstation cards anyway. I've been irritated with apple too lately for different reasons. Considering how much cheaper the parts are on the 2009 mac pro compared to the earlier generations, they could have at least obtained a nicer graphics card as a baseline.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:26 PM
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I agree with you, Kav and this issue has also made me quite annoyed with Apple. Tier two Apple technical support doesn't even seem aware of the issue and that it may be linked to the OS10.6.4 update although it seems to be happening a lot for users of applications that use open GL.

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Old 08-21-2010, 08:31 AM
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Re: Flashing monitor in CS5

For anyone experiencing the flashing monitor issue:

Apple advised me to revert my OS back to 10.6.3. It seems like they forgot to install the drivers for some video cards in 10.6.4 which causes problems running CS5. Since reinstalling 10.6.3, I have not had any flashing or freezing up of my system. Hopefully Apple will release a patch or 10.6.5 will take care of the issue.

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Old 08-21-2010, 10:35 AM
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Re: Flashing monitor in CS5

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For anyone who is experiencing the flashing monitor issue:

Apple advised me to revert my OS back to 10.6.3. It seems like they forgot to install the drivers for some video cards in 10.6.4 which causes problems running CS5. Since reinstalling 10.6.3, I have not had any flashing or freezing up of my system. Hopefully Apple will release a patch or 10.6.5 will take care of the issue.
After finally shutting down Open GL completely and running CS5 in 32-bit, the recent Apple graphics update seems to have calmed things down. I've been back to running it in 64-bit with Open GL for 3 days now, without issue. But like you, I'm also waiting for 10.6.5, which appears to be just around the corner.
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