Photoshop: CS6 windows "flicker" on screen as I work (MacOS)

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I upgraded to Photoshop CS6 finally, and am enjoying it. (I actually paid for CS4 and 5 too, but changes Adobe had made to Applescript broke things enough that I kept using CS3.) One big frustrating bug I'm using in 13.0 x 64 is the screen flickering when I switch back to Photoshop with a lot of documents open. It's trying to update each window it seems, and is bring each to the forefront (or at least displaying its contents) for 1/10 of a second or so, all at once. It's going to give me a stroke if I keep viewing the files. I'm using a Mac Pro 2009 edition with ATI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB. Is there any fix or workaround?
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Pete, what version of Mac OS X are you running?
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Hi, Lion 10.7.4. The window flickering thing happens both on my Mac Pro as well as my laptop (same version of Photoshop CS6 and Mac OS X, but AMD Radeon HD 6770M 1024 MB graphics). Is anyone else noticing this?
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Iain Berryman

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disable "Use Graphics Processor" in Preferences > Performance :)
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Samson Kirigua

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The screen was flickering on my windows 8 PC, Lain's tip worked perfectly thanks!
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Chris Cox

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Windows 8 has a flicker problem due to the video card drivers. We're working with the GPU vendors on this, and attempting to find workaround until then. Disabling the GPU is one workaround, but leaves you without the GPU features.
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@Chris Cox: What about OS X then?
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Hello - please stop making excuses for Photoshop - the problem does not occur with other applications. PS is billed as, and is the top application in this sector with a price to match - Adobe should have this sorted as it continually interrupts workflow and reduces confidence in color processing - both something you might associate with freeware!
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I've noticed this on my dual monitoring with panels on secondary monitor
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Same problem here, running OS X 10.4.7. If disabling "Use Graphics Processor" is indeed the answer, are there any negative effects to disabling that? Otherwise, what exactly is the point of having it in the first place?

The hover description didn't really seem to explain what it actually does, since the things it says it "enables" work the same without it being turned on.
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You lose performance, and many features with the GPU off.
But if you're looking at bugs in your video driver, that is the only way to avoid them until the driver bugs are fixed.
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Chris, should they report them to Apple?
Are all the users affected using two monitors, or the same brand of videocards?
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Mine is a mid-2010 model MBPro, 2.4 GHz Intel i5, 4GB 1067 MHz. Just using the laptop itself, no additional monitors.
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Same problem here with Macbook Pro 2012 Retina 2,4 ghz running Mountain Lion
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noname.olsson

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Any news on this subject?
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Chris Cox

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Apple fixed the OS bug that caused the cursor flickering quite some time ago.
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This has been resolved in the latest AMD beta 12.11 Beta 8.

Link: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/...
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That driver is for Windows. This topic is about MacOS.
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On a MacPro Mid 2012 in Photoshop CC 2015, the bug still exists.
This problem exists on this mac since the introduction of creative cloud. (CS6 did not have this bug)
This is a long time! glad to see there is a workaround by disabling the GPU use.
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This topic was about an old OS bug that Apple fixed quite a while back.
No, this particular problem has not existed for quite some time (though Windows 8 had some flicker that was not related, but was due to a different video card driver bug)

We have seen some third party plugins, and a few third party utilities mess up cursor drawing and cause cursors to flicker sometimes. I think Wacom also had a similar cursor bug a while back, but it was fixed in an update.