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This problem just started on my macbook pro where when I play Age of Empires 3, it starts flickering/ blinking like a strobe light. The screen keeps flashing off real fast and the video stops while it does it. I think it might be a graphics card problem. I put up a video of the problem in action:
YouTube - Strange video problem with macbook pro while playing a friendly game
I have an early '08 macbook pro, 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM. Can you help me figure out what it is/ confirm that it's a graphics card problem, and what I should do about it. Thanks
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Did you check if you had any applications running in the background, and are you running the game on Mac, or Windows?

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It may be a bad screen inverter, but since the problem only appears playing
AoE3 the problem might be software related as well...

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I"m running it in mac. And when I play it, I always close everything else. Is there any way I can check if it's a hardware problem? I hope it's just an Aoe3 software problem..
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I had something similar-sounding with a dell, and it xas the GPU not being seated properly.

Waiting for the game that takes full advantage of a 124bit, 3.5GHz, 8-core, 64Gig-RAM system.
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You have 64 GB of ram?! Waaa! Yeah so anyway, are you saying I would have to crack open my computer and make sure the GPU is firmly inserted? Sounds scary
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Good news, I fixed the problem. Seems it was a software problem. I turned up the graphics higher and it fixed it. Strange solution.
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