I've recently acquired a MacBook Pro. It's a 13 inch model which comes with an Intel HD Graphics 3000 display card.

I've had a few issues lately (such as flickering graphics in certain games and on youtube when hardware acceleration is used), and what I would do on a Windows machine is simply download and install the latest drivers to see if that helps.

Is this even an option when using a Mac? Or is this something I can't (and don't need to) worry about?

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There are no driver updates for components found within a MacBook Pro (or any Mac for that matter) found anywhere but through Apple's own update system. And as you say, it's not something you need to worry about.

They retain tight control over their components and mainly make driver changes through OS updates rather than parse everything into individual packages. However, they may release small updates that attend to these kinds of glitches periodically or when a serious issue arises.

So long as Software Update reports no new updates, you will be running the latest drivers available for your Mac. You won't find alternate drivers elsewhere.

Additionally, what you describe is not normal and I would suggest you see a Genius at an Apple Store (not a licensed vendor). They will investigate and you may just walk out with a new machine. Apple has legendary service; make use of it.

  • They may have legendary service, but not where I live. Thanks anyhow!
    – Aubergine
    Commented Dec 12, 2011 at 18:17
  • @Aubergine Then I would suggest you call their 1-800 number. Anything less than red-carpet service is not typical of the company and you should speak to a representative; they will make things right and may investigate matters. I've had them speak to local technicians before to resolve problems. They do investigate should you have had a bad experience and will even replace items well out of warranty to make sure you are happy.
    – user10355
    Commented Dec 12, 2011 at 20:10

Most updates come from Apple through the Software Update process, but there are some updates where it's been fine to download / install the manufacturer's drivers. If you go to the intel site and look for this graphic card, if there is a Mac updater, I believe you'll be ok using it. Make sure that the model type and OS version match.

Finally, the OS is usually smart enough to know if an update is ok to use and will refuse to install one that is not appropriate.

Hope this helps..

One more idea.. If you can demonstrate the flickering graphics, you may want to call AppleCare, or visit a store, to show them. This may be a problem unrelated to the driver.. (hardware , power requirements, etc)

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