Currently Being ModeratedMay 13, 2011 6:45 PM (in response to fbcbootie)
To replace the graphics processing unit in your MacBook Pro you would be required to swap out the entire logic board, which isn't the easiest of tasks. It really boils down to whether or not you think it's worth it to repair your MacBook Pro, or to replace it with a new one.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 13, 2011 7:07 PM (in response to fbcbootie)
You probably wouldn't be able to replace your logic board yourself for $310, and if you did, you'd have no warranty on the work even if the board you bought was warranted. Send it in for repair.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 13, 2011 7:18 PM (in response to fbcbootie)
The depot repair is really a good deal--Apple will fix anything that's wrong for a $310 flat fee which is likely less than it would cost you to buy a logic board and replace it yourself. If you really like the machine, it may be worth doing the depot repair once. You should ask what kind of warranty comes with it.
Also, you may want to restore it to fairly original condition with original Apple RAM and possibly the original hard drive if you still have it before sending it off. Not sure what they might do with your 500 GB drive, which is obviously not the original. They could opt to replace it with one like it originally shipped with.
I sent my late 2007 machine off recently for a depot repair, and it came back with a new logic board and the charge was reversed since my machine was covered under the NVIDIA chip program.
I really love my machine. If I can get a depot repair the next time, I'll likley do that once. If I am faced with a more expensive repair, I'll look for a replacement.
Not an easy decision to make. The new machines are really awesome. However, if you get another year or two out of the one you have, the machines of the future are likely to be even more awesome.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 13, 2011 9:08 PM (in response to fbcbootie)
Based on what I've read so far, this really comes down to "is it worth it?"
$310 sounds good, but we are talking of a machine whose street value may be less than this.
The Late '06 iteration of the MacBooks offers up an interesting conundrum. What you have there is a 64-bit CPU welded onto a 32-bit platform. As such, the technical drawbacks of the system will outweigh the benefits as time wears on. Most notably:
- While it is physically possible to install 4 GB into a Rev 2 unit, the Intel GM945 chipset used therein is capable of using only 3 GB. This is attributable to the fact that all chipsets in the 945 family were designed around 32-bit Pentium processors and, for whatever reason, bear an erratum whereupon memory-mapped I/O (MMIO) overlaps the final 1 GB of addressable RAM
- The EFI programming appears to be consistent with a 32-bit variant of EFI, per this article from EveryMac.com. Meaning, it can only run any OS as 32-bit native. This being the case, though the Core 2 Duo is 64-bit in itself, the system isn't; and therefore, it may not qualify for this summer's Lion release
- Because of the case immediately above, if Apple then decides to push out another OS X post-Lion, Snow Leopard support will be terminated shortly thereafter, thereby declaring an end-of-life for all hardware not able to run Lion.
- Even if this hardware is somehow Lion-ready, Windows variants past Vista are likely to remain unsupported under future Boot Camp releases, and with Vista reaching end-of-sale next year, Microsoft will not be adding new features to it.
Basically, with this risk of obsolescence in mind, I would not repair such a unit unless it had great sentimental value.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2011 1:00 AM (in response to S.U.)
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Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2011 7:52 AM (in response to Ronda Wilson)
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Looks like Ronda is on board with having you do the repair. Seems odd to post something like that and not contribute but what do I know.
One thing to add, if you do go with Apple's "flat rate" depot repair then you'll gain yourself a 90-day limited warranty on the machine. While that's a far cry from 2-3 more years, it's better than nothing. Plus from my experience Apple is usually flexible on that 90-day window based on what (if anything) were to fail again. By flexible, I've seen them cover something 6 months after the fact.
If the machine is a primary money maker or one of your production work horses, that $310 can go pretty far into a unit replacement as well. Would you be satisfied if the repair only got you another year? I had my first generation MacBook Pro (ordered the day of the announcement) finally stop booting about 8 months ago. It's on it's 3rd owner (in the family). They paid to get it fixed and 5 months later the logic board failed again. Thankfully Apple picked up the tab for the 2nd repair but I don't suspect they'll do it again.
After 4+ years with zero problems, now the current owner is concerned about its reliability. Yet everyday I come across first generation MacBook Pros and they're all original working like champs. It's a dice roll sometimes, it always is when it comes to reliability and service parts reliability.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2011 11:56 AM (in response to JasonFear)
You want a contribution from me?
Okay, here you go:
Six-month warranty if you don't mind sending it to Fremont, California for the repair.
If it were mine, I'd probably upgrade to a newer model, if finances allow for it.13-inch MacBook Pro i7/2.7 GHz/10.6.7; eMac800/SuperDrive/512/OS 9.2.2;, MacBook 2.0/2 GB/10.4.11, MacBook 2.16/4 GB/10.5.8
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2011 12:58 PM (in response to fbcbootie)
It is truly amazing how long some Macs can last. I have a 1998 Wallstreet , a 1998 Bondi Blue, and a 1999 Blue and White G3 PowerMac, all of which are working without issue along with a number of newer machines. It seems like the hardware reliability is not the main problem--the biggest problem is that the machines cannot always be upgraded to the latest software. Even so, they can be upgraded to a much newer OS than they originally shipped with.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 9, 2012 2:18 AM (in response to Drapulea)
A three-year-old MacBook Pro is different than a five-year-old one.
The 2009 could be worth repairing, while the older one may not be. It's a case-by-case basis, and a person's finances come into play, also.