Distortion problems on the new MacBook Pro leave some units unreadable and unusable. A firmware update failed to resolve the issue, indicating Apple still is unsure what is causing it.  (Source: TechTree)
Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice...

In January, loyal Apple fans ponied up at least $2,799 to get their paws on the hot new 17" MacBook Pro.  However, it proved for many of them to be an unpleasant ride with the graphics failing on many units.  Now it's deja vu, with Apple owners being faced with more pesky graphics problems.

Reports indicate the newly released MacBook Pros with unibody aluminum cases are suffering from display distortion, which leaves text unreadable and the screen hard to use.  Apple's support team has indicated on its forums that the issue is isolated to customers using the Mini-DisplayPort to dual-link DVI adapter. 

Apple has released a firmware update to patch the problem -- the 1.02 firmware update for the Mini-DisplayPort to dual-link DVI adapter.  However, it strangely decided not to post the update on Apple software update or on its website.

And apparently, even with the update, many users still report problems, indicating that more problems are afoot.  In the past Apple has blamed NVIDIA for making flawed drivers.  Fixes by NVIDIA failed to resolve the issues.  Issues have also been reported in iMac desktops, which incidentally have AMD Radeon graphics.

The moral of the story is if you buy a MacBook Pro or an iMac -- both of which remains relatively pricey -- you have to expect that it may have display issues, as Apple has failed to resolve these onerous problem or figure out what's going on.  Its still a mystery whether the graphics hardware, drivers, display, the OS, or some combination of these components is to blame.  Hope does spring eternal, though -- Apple fans have seized on the hope that Apple's upcoming Snow Leopard OS, to be released in September, may clear up the graphical mess that has plagued Apple's notebooks.

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