MacBook Air users report about video anomalies and kernel panics


Cult Of Mac yesterday revealed that some early MacBook Air adopters have faced with kernel panics and video anomalies on their new laptops. It is assumed that they can be related to sleep/wake issues.

The discussion initially appeared on Apple's forums. Next symptoms were mentioned:

  • the system randomly displays "weird colors in vertical lines" with subsequent machine freeze;
  • the laptop crashes, sometimes with a blank screen, and sometimes with the screen distortion;
  • horizontal sparkling bands appear on the screen without freezing of the machine;

Besides video anomalies some people experienced kernel panics on the MacBook Airs. The editor of Culf Of Mac Leander Kahney saw three kernel panics within four days, and all of them occurred during wake-from-sleep. This is too often for such a well-developed platform as Mac.

But it looks like all of these issues should be resolved with a Software Update 1.0, which was recently released by Apple and provides the following fixes:

"MacBook Air (Late 2010) Software Update 1.0 resolves an issue where a MacBook Air (Late 2010) computer may become unresponsive while playing back movie trailers in iMovie. The update also addresses an issue where the computer may become unresponsive after waking from sleep when an external display is connected and also contains general graphics performance updates".

So you can download it directly here or automatically update the system via Software Update.

P.S.: here is video, of YouTube user angrychinesedriver, who witnessed and subsequently recorded his 11-inch MacBook Air video anomaly and machine freeze.

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Written by SimplyMax

Monday, November 1, 2010. 13:01

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  1. If these are issues in Macbooks, I think Hackintosh or a HackBook is better


    Aqeel Ahmed

    1 Nov 10 at 3:55 pm

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