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Incorrect colors in Mac OS X 10.3.x: More solutions

Incorrect colors in Mac OS X 10.3.x: More solutions

We continue to investigate issues with strange on screen colors and artifacts that begin only after installing Mac OS X 10.3. Specifically the issue usually manifests as pink or purple hues in areas that should be gray, including Finder window elements, icons, the Dock, and more. As of now, it seems that both ATI and NVidia graphics cards are involved in situations where the problem is occurring.

As we continue an attempt to isolate the exact causes of this issue, we have received a few solutions that have worked on an individual basis:

Creating a new user account James Coyle reports the creating a new user account (via the "Accounts" pane in System Preferences) resolved the strange colors:

"I've deleted every preference I can think of related to displays and tried to recalibrate her monitor over and over, each time creating a new profile. and nothing takes care of the problem in this one account. The 'fix' is to create a new user account and use it. [...] I have a feeling there's some sort of invisible file related to the account which has become corrupted."

Clearing caches MacFixIt reader Ed reports that using a utility like Panther Cache Cleaner, then restarting restored correct coloration:

"After reading the issue, I recall having a problem after updating to 10.3.2 (from 10.3.1) on a G4, nVidia4MX and Samsung 210T LCD display (via DVI). I found (after rebooting when finished downloading the last update) that the wavey, blue background (default) had shimmering pink pastel highlights. Nothing I could do (at first) would get rid of them. I tried single-user boot mode (fsck), OpenFirmware reset, permission rebuilding but nothing worked. Then I tried Panther Cache Cleaner and after restarting, the problem was gone!"

sRGB profile and resetting nvram Muz Muzik's two-step process
  • Use as display profile sRGB profile. (Dont use your default monitor profile..)
  • Go to Open Firmware and reset nvram.

Apple outlines how to reset NVRAM and PRAM in article #2238.

  • Panther Cache Cleaner
  • #2238
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