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Apple Removes Recent NVIDIA Graphics Update (VIDEO)

Apple has hastily pulled a recent software update that was targeted at graphics issues stemming from the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter with the Mini DisplayPort-enabled MacBook Air, MacBook and MacBook Pro.

Just two days after its release, the NVIDIA Graphics Update 2009 has been removed from both Apple’s website and software update system for seemingly unclear reasons. In addition to providing improved cursor movement, the update was also set to boost HD video playback on the new MacBook Pro’s running NVIDIA’s GeForce 9600M graphics cards as well Mac systems that use GeForce 7300 GT chips.

Apple discussion forums have been littered with cases of notebook graphic issues. AppleInsider notes that user, munchnstuf, reported issues in a Mac Pro thread, saying, “My new MacBook Pro display screen is blinking or flickering every few minutes now. I’ve only noticed it when I’ve switched to the integrated 9400M graphics processor. I don’t recall seeing any blinks when using the discrete 9600M GPU.” Others are under the impression that their troubles are stemming from a software issue adding, “My external display (lacie electron) goes black 4/5 times in hour, for 5sec each time, (then) go back to normal state… under bootcamp its PERFECT!!! No issue with the external display!!”

There are several YouTube videos that demonstrate some of the problems that users are experiencing.

You can clearly see the external display issues, as this user states, “This video captures the corruption on a 24″ external monitor powered by a late 08 macbook pro 2.53 using a Mini DP to DVI extension. The corruption occurred after shutting down OS X and booting, not restarting the machine or waking from sleep.”

This video reveals strenuous screen flickering that this user experiences when their external display awakes. As Apple has a tendency to remain secretive about software updates, the reason for the update’s removal remains unclear.

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