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Faulty graphics card in MacBook pro

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peterfromdoncaster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 21, 2012 1:19 PM

Is it possible to change the graphics card in a 2007 MacBook pro? ( original one is faulty) .

MacBook Pro (17-inch 2.4 GHz), iOS 5.1
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (57,695 points)
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    Mar 21, 2012 1:41 PM (in response to peterfromdoncaster)

    no

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Mar 21, 2012 1:55 PM (in response to peterfromdoncaster)

    Well it is possible but you have to change the complete mother/logic board to do so. The graphics and CPU soldered onto the board.

  • Thunderbird310 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 9, 2012 5:47 PM (in response to peterfromdoncaster)

    My graphics card failed on my late 2007 MacBook pro after 3 1/2 years. Even though apple doesn't admit to it, I believe even the ATI graphics cards are faulty and prone to fail. Another issue is the overheating of these computer because insufficient ventilation. A $2000 computer should really last longer. Plenty of other people are experiencing the same problems.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,140 points)
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    Apr 9, 2012 6:13 PM (in response to peterfromdoncaster)

    Is THIS your MacBook?:

     

     

    • MacBook Pro 15-inch and 17-inch models with NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processors
      • MacBook Pro (17-Inch, 2.4GHz)
      • MacBook Pro (15-Inch, 2.4/2.2GHz)
      • MacBook Pro (Early 2008)
    • These computers were manufactured between approximately May 2007 and September 2008

     

     

    MacBook Pro: Distorted video or no video issues

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Thunderbird310 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 9, 2012 6:19 PM (in response to Grant Bennet-Alder)

    Actually, I have a ATY Radeon 16oo graphics card. Looks like a lot of other people are having problems after updating to snow leopard. Could this be a problem with file extensions? Apple store guy told me I need to replace motherboard at a cost of $500. Computer does start and functions in safe mode, but with herring bone screen pixelation.

  • atlagan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 1, 2012 2:43 AM (in response to Grant Bennet-Alder)

    Hello,

     

    This was my computer and also four of my friends had the same. And our computers died in two months around february-april, because of the same problem mentioned above. The apple service told us that they can replace the motherboard for a 1000 usd or for 800 usd if we give the old motherboard to them. The problem is neither five of us have the budget to repair the motherboards or to afford a new computer, certainly not a new apple. I am quite sad that my computer died after 3.5 years, which I thought I would be using it for another 3 or so, because it was running ok until I had few black screens during start few months before it died.  I wish and hope that apple has a more convinient solution to this problem than paying 1000 usd. I would be really glad if you help me with this.

     

    Thanks

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,140 points)
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    Jul 1, 2012 10:13 AM (in response to atlagan)

    This is  a User-to-User forum. Apple makes no promise of reading these forums, and NEVER responds here.

     

    To discuss your situation with representatives of Apple Inc, contact Applecare, Customer Service, or your local Apple store.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • smagma Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 11, 2014 1:41 PM (in response to atlagan)

    I  will never buy a mac again,i had a bad experience with 2 macbook pro the first one no video and the second one doesn't start anymore,for the money i paid i could buy a new compiter every 2 years for 6 years,if a mac doesn't last no more than 2 years why spend all that money?the logic bord shouldn't be 800 $ to replace!!!!

  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (57,695 points)
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    Jan 11, 2014 5:33 PM (in response to smagma)

    smagma wrote:

     

    I  will never buy a mac again,i had a bad experience with 2 macbook pro the first one no video and the second one doesn't start anymore,for the money i paid i could buy a new compiter every 2 years for 6 years,if a mac doesn't last no more than 2 years why spend all that money?the logic bord shouldn't be 800 $ to replace!!!!

     

    Gee.  Thanks for sharing.  Now why would anyone here care?

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