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2011 MacBook Pro and Discrete Graphics Card

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  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)
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    Feb 20, 2013 4:34 AM (in response to Neshill)

    Tonight I heard of another problem with the discrete GPU on an early 2011 model - I think that they use the same AMD Radeon 6750M in my late 2011 model? I don't know if this is going to blow up like the mid-2010 NVIDIA card fiasco, but I would definitely take the machine into an Apple Store or an AASP and see if they are hearing of similar glitches.

     

    Good luck,


    Clinton

  • Neshill Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I actually got the service info from my AASP, but they never heard of issues like mine. The fact that all of the references to this issue are localized around the end of January is curious to me.

  • Neshill Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 20, 2013 4:39 AM (in response to abelliveau)

    Can anyone check in the Apple Store? Maybe it's a known issue by now.

  • Neshill Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 2:42 AM (in response to abelliveau)

    I'd be curious to know (question to everyone affected): when you experience the issue, does plugging/unplugging the monitor in help remedy it for a short period?

  • mnemon1c Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having exact issue. Early-2011 model. After installing SMC Firmware 1.7 update discrete card stoped working properly. I found it while working in xcode (running Simulator switches to discrete card I guess) and launching HD video. Plus I'm having vertical 1px line sometimes (but it could be fixed by tapping the screen).

    Probably the solution would be to roll back to Snow Leo/Lion or waiting for another SMC update from Apple (if they aware of it)...

  • Neshill Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 4:14 PM (in response to abelliveau)

    Sigh. Best of luck, I'll probably do the same next week.

  • mnemon1c Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 3:26 AM (in response to abelliveau)

    So the problem was with whole logic board (not just with the Radeon card)?

  • Neshill Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 3:30 AM (in response to mnemon1c)

    You can't actually replace only the radeon chip, you need to replace the whole logic board :/

  • cyberdude3k Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 28, 2013 11:25 PM (in response to abelliveau)

    I think it might be the 1.7 SMC firmware update, I had all the symptoms and AppleCare. The computer just stopped booting after the grey screen so I had them replace the logic board, when I got my Mac back the 1.7 was available, thinking that was not the issue I installed it and now I have the same issues and the computer won't even boot up after the grey screen.

     

    I am going back to the apple store, let's see what they say!

  • mnemon1c Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 1:11 AM (in response to cyberdude3k)

    Thanks fro the update. Please let us know how the things go.

  • Neshill Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 2:34 AM (in response to cyberdude3k)

    Unfortunately these issues started happening before the 1.7SMC for both of us. I actually hoped the SMC would fix that.

     

    An update is that I got my MacBook back from service. They soldered in the graphics chip again and stress tested the laptop a great deal, so now we have to wait and see if this helps. It's cheaper than replacing the logic board so it might be a good solution for those who don't have the budget.

  • wilersonoliveira Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 6:56 AM (in response to Neshill)

    I've been having these issues as well, since the end of January. I was running Lion at the time. Since then, I have upgraded to Mountain Lion and applied the 1.7 SMC update, but the crashes continued happening. I have installed gfxCardStatus and as long as I keep the computer using only the integrated card, nothing happens.

     

    Neshill, have you soldered the graphics card twice? Isn't that harmful to the laptop? I've been refraining to send my laptop to service because I'm using it for work, but I might try that later.

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