MacBook Pro Screen Flicker and Freeze: What to Do When It Happens


A MacBook Pro screen flickering and freezing can be a real pain. It can cause your computer to become unusable, and it’s often difficult to determine the source of the problem.

In this blog post, we will discuss what to do when your MacBook Pro screen starts flickering and freezing. We will also provide some tips on how to prevent this from happening in the future.

As a general guide, Macbook Pro computers begin to flicker and freeze due to NVRAM glitches, outdated MacOS, software malfunctions causing automatic graphics switching and problems with the Macbook’s true tone settings.

What to do if your MacBook Pro screen starts flickering or freezing

Overall, if you have a MacBook Pro that is flickering and freezing, there are a few general things you can do to try and fix the problem.

First, update your macOS to the latest version. This will ensure that you have the most recent stability fixes and security updates. Second, reset your computer’s NVRAM.

This will clear any saved settings that may be causing problems.

Typically, when your computer begins to experience intermittent NVRAM glitches, has outdated MacOS, software malfunctions that cause automatic graphics switching, and problems with the Macbook’s true tone settings, expect the computer to flicker and freeze. These are the most common causes of flickering and freezing on Macbook Pro computers.

How to troubleshoot the issue and identify the cause.

If your MacBook Pro is flickering and freezing, the best way to identify the cause is to troubleshoot the issue. There are a few different things you can try to fix the problem.

Update your MacOS to the latest version.

Updating your MacOS will ensure that you have the most recent stability fixes and security updates. Second, reset your computer’s NVRAM.

Resetting your computer’s NVRAM will clear any saved settings that may be causing problems. Third, try to disable the automatic graphics switching feature in your MacBook Pro.

This can oftentimes be the cause of the flickering and freezing. To do this, go to System Preferences > Energy Saver and uncheck the “Automatic Graphics Switching” box.

If you’re still having issues, it’s possible that there is a problem with your MacBook’s true tone setting. To disable this, go to System Preferences > Displays and uncheck the “True Tone” box.

Once you’ve tried all of these troubleshooting steps, your MacBook Pro should stop flickering and freezing. If it is, there are a few final things you can try.

First, try resetting your SMC (System Management Controller). This can often times fix problems with your computer’s display. To reset your SMC, follow these steps:

  • Shut down your MacBook Pro
  • Disconnect the power adapter
  • Press and hold the left Shift + Control + Option keys on your keyboard
  • At the same time, press and hold the power button for about 15 seconds
  • Release all of the keys
  • Press the power button to turn on your MacBook Pro

If you’re still having issues, the next step is to try resetting your PRAM (Parameter RAM). This will reset your computer’s display settings. To reset your PRAM, follow these steps:

  • Shut down your MacBook Pro
  • Disconnect the power adapter
  • Press the power button to turn on your MacBook Pro
  • Immediately press and hold the Option + Command + P + R keys on your keyboard
  • You will hear a startup sound
  • Release the keys when you see the Apple logo appear on your screen

Once you’ve tried all of these troubleshooting steps, your MacBook Pro should stop flickering and freezing. If it is still happening, you may need to take it to an Apple Store or authorized service provider to have it checked out.

What to do if the problem persists after you’ve tried all the fixes?

If the problem persists after you’ve tried all of the fixes, you may need to take your MacBook Pro to an Apple Store or authorized service provider to have it checked out.

If you still have your warranty, you may be able to get it fixed for free. If not, they will be able to diagnose and fix the problem for you.

No matter what, if your MacBook Pro is still flickering and freezing, don’t hesitate to take it to a professional to get it checked out. Better safe than sorry!

Conclusion

For the most part, Macbook Pro computers begin to flicker and freeze due to NVRAM glitches, outdated MacOS, software malfunctions causing automatic graphics switching, and problems with the Macbook’s true tone settings.

Flickering on the screen occurs frequently when using Netflix or other streaming services on a MacBook, regardless of whether it has a retina or non-retina display.

There are a number of possible causes for this, including incompatibility or errors between the operating system and the graphics processing unit (GPU).

MacBook Pros with touch bars are particularly susceptible to this problem. If you own one of these models, be sure to keep your MacBook Pro updated to the latest version of MacOS and check for any software updates that might be available.

To get your MacBook’s flashing screen back to normal, you’ll need to address systemic issues and reset GPU-related settings.

In some cases, simply resetting your computer’s NVRAM or SMC can fix the problem. If not, you may need to take your MacBook Pro to an Apple Store or authorized service provider for further diagnosis and repair.

I hope this article has helped you troubleshoot the cause of your MacBook Pro’s screen flickering and freezing. If you have any other questions or suggestions, please leave us a comment below! Thanks for reading.

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