I'm running into an issue with my 2016 MBP with touchbar, after updating to High Sierra, where my LG 27UD69 external monitor will periodically have the whole screen turn blue for a split second before going back to normal. The monitor is connected to my MBP using the provided HDMI cable which then goes through an Anker thunderbolt-3 to HDMI adapter. I'm outputting 4K at 60hz.

Everything was working fine prior to the high sierra update and continues to work perfectly when running windows 10 under bootcamp. I would really appreciate help with solving this issue.

Edit (more detail)

I'm running macOS version 10.13.12. Also, my Macbook is connected to power at all times while using the monitor.

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I have had this issue when restarting my MacBook Pro while being connected to a 4K TV. I found that in addition to the blue flash, it sometimes decides to turn black for a fraction of a second during normal operation (with an external monitor attached).

The way I was able to fix this is by connecting the Mac to power from the wall. Having researched this extensively a couple of months ago, I found out that the video initialization (and apparently frame rate conversion) to the 4K monitor or TV causes the blue flashing as it undergoes the process of colour matching, scaling etc. I am not too sure why it is blue, but that's a topic for later.

I'll spare you the links and instead have summarized it here. This issue annoyed me at the beginning but since having my mac plugged into the wall outlet, I have not come across it again. I hope my interpretation of your issue was correct, please let me know whether having the Mac plugged in makes a difference in your case, I'd be interested in following up with you on this.

If you have access to another High Speed HDMI cable, perhaps you can borrow one, I suggest you try replacing it with the current. My guess would be that perhaps the adaptor is somehow degrading the signal. I personally have had issues with non-Apple adaptors in the past - especially when 4K quality or high frame rate is key. I'm certainly no expert on accessories but maybe it is really worth testing another adaptor.

  • Thanks for the feedback. It does sound like you experienced a similar issue. I do, however, have my Macbook connected to power at all times while operating the monitor and still experience this problem.
    – Steve
    Jan 11, 2018 at 1:14
  • @Steve I have made an addition to my answer, that may be worth a thought.
    – ProGrammer
    Jan 12, 2018 at 22:29
  • @Steve I feel that I have provided an adequate answer using the information you provided. If so, please accept it by clicking the checkmark next to it. Else respond to my suggestions in the additional part of my answer to get an update.
    – ProGrammer
    Jan 22, 2018 at 20:55
  • Removing the USB-C cable from the docking station and plugging it directly to the Macbook solved the issue. This should be marked as the correct answer.
    – porthunt
    May 26, 2022 at 12:18

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