5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 26, 2013 1:48 PM by Martin West
BrassEye Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My MacBook pro died less than a week after the cut off point for replacement of the Nvidia chip and I have been quoted a price by Apple of around £400:00 to repair.  But if they're replacing the faulty item with the same thing, is it worth shelling out when it could all go horribly wrong again? 


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: MacBook Pro Nvidia issue
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Support Communities

     

    The repair is expensive because Apple is going to install a new logic board on your Mac, because the graphic card is soldered onto the graphic card.

     

    If it's a "new" MacBook Pro and it's useful for you, pay that amount to get it repaired. If it's old, maybe it's worth to buy a new MacBook

  • 2. Re: MacBook Pro Nvidia issue
    BrassEye Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    But my point is, if they're using the same specification, what's to stop it happening again?  It's just over five years old, which isn't "new" but at eighteen hundred quid, I'd have hoped it would last a bit longer than that.

  • 3. Re: MacBook Pro Nvidia issue
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    Maybe you had a defective graphic card, and that logic board has got that problem solved. Note that you have a 90-day warranty after the repair, so any problem that you have after the repair will be repaired for free

  • 4. Re: MacBook Pro Nvidia issue
    BrassEye Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow.  £400.00 outlay for a whole 90 day warranty.  I feel safer already.

  • 5. Re: MacBook Pro Nvidia issue
    Martin West Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the nvidia problem a month after the warranty period and got the £400 quote. However took it to http://www.tech-bods.co.uk  and they told me it was dry joint on the nvidia chip, ie a manufacturing defect, not the chip as the Apple tech guy led me to believe. They refloated the board, specifically the chip and its fixed the problem - outlay £70. Well Done tech-bods. Thumbs down to Apple, this should have been a product recall.