Basically as it says in the title, whenever I use my computer the screen flickers and it's unusable. This isn't just when I log into one account, this is on startup, login, while using the computer, and in the windows partition. Here is a video. I have tried a PRAM reset and a normal reboot but both are not working.

  • what size screen is it? – webaholik Oct 27 '15 at 19:53

Certain MacBook Pros made between February 2011 and December 2013 were found by Apple to be defective. Apple is offering to repair them for free. The symptoms were:

  • Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen

  • No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on

  • Computer restarts unexpectedly

Affected Models:

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch Late 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15 inch, Early 2013)

You have two repair options:

Carry In

  • Bring your MacBook Pro to a participating provider - Apple Retail Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider.
  • A technician will run a diagnostic test on the MacBook Pro to verify eligibility.
  • Repair turn around time will vary based upon parts and technician availability.
  • You will be notified when your MacBook Pro is ready for pickup.

Mail In

  • Call Apple and request a postage paid box to send your MacBook Pro to the local Apple Repair Center.
  • A technician will run a diagnostic test on your MacBook Pro to verify eligibility.
  • The repair process takes approximately 5-7 days from the time your MacBook Pro is received at the repair center until it is returned to you.
  • After it has been serviced, your MacBook Pro will be returned to you by mail.

See Apple's page on this topic for more info.

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Hardware issue. It's likely that the screen or logic board will need to be replaced.

Personally, I would take the laptop apart and trace down the screen's cable and make sure it is not pinched. Also, disconnect & reconnect. I've seen some instances where this was the culprit. Unfortunately more often, it's the screen or logic board.

Here are a couple a how-to that shows how to take the MBP apart, should be helpful to ensure wire isn't pinched, and worse case, replace screen or logic board:

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  • Thanks, anything else you might suggest? Warranty just expired. – 132ads Oct 27 '15 at 19:41

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