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Unobody 17" Macbook Pro 9600M broken gfx card?

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forcefedmedia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 1, 2009 10:19 AM
Has anyone else been getting some pretty bad issues with the graphics card in the new unibody 17" machines? I have been getting some pretty bad green lines down everything when I use the more powerful GFX card.

This machine is brand new.. the lines do seem to get worse as the card heats up...take a look..

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17" unobody Macbook Pro 2.93, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Duo Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
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    Mar 1, 2009 10:21 AM (in response to forcefedmedia)
    That looks like a pretty classic GPU failure. Time for a repair.
  • Cryhog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 1, 2009 10:41 AM (in response to forcefedmedia)
    I have exactly the same issue. Mostly pops up while playing games or something. They disappear when the machine is doing lower-performance stuff and as the heat increases, they become more and more pronounced.
  • Christian Siebenherz Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 1, 2009 10:42 AM (in response to forcefedmedia)
    I've got the exact same problem, with a 3 day old Unibody 17", 2,93 GHz, 4GB ram, matte display.

    Problem disappears for a while with a restart. Seems like the 9400 is unaffected.
    Macbook Pro 17" unibody antiglare
  • Christian Siebenherz Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 1, 2009 10:50 AM (in response to forcefedmedia)
    It *****, yeah.

    I hope I don't have to send it in, especially because I love everything else about this machine. Battery life is actually 8 hours, which I never expected, the matte screen is gorgeous and the computer is extremely fast. I think I'll just be running the 9400 card for the time being, untill somebody figures out what this problem really is. Wishing for that firmware fix ..,
    Macbook Pro 17" unibody antiglare
  • david sampson Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 1, 2009 12:46 PM (in response to forcefedmedia)
    I may well get shot down in flames here but why would you need to use the faster card when using aperture (as would seem to be the case from your screen shots). I thought it was only really needed for gaming or animation etc. . I am using the 9400 card with Lightroom 2.2 and photoshop CS3 and find it to be fine on the 15"
    mac book pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • david sampson Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    thought I might be shot down in flames!!
    mac book pro 15", Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • jeffrey t Hall Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I errantly posted a similar thread, not aware of this problem. I received a call from Apple support several hours after posting the thread, providing me with information on how to return my laptop for a replacement. Not what I wanted to do, ...but excellent support/service in my book.
    I have 5 MacBook Pro's, and this is the only one to have an issue. By and large, they are incredible machines.

    JTH
    MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.1), MacBook Pro 17" OSX 10.5.1, MacBook Pro 15", Iphone, ipod
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Hi, ffm. Yes, apparently your machine has a problem. That's unfortunate. So have it repaired or replaced, or return it for a refund. What other option do you think there might be?
    15" MBP unibody 2.4GHz/2G/250G; TiBook 1GHz/1G/120G; PTProG3 500MHz/768M/160G, Mac OS X (10.5.6), film and flatbed scanners, projector, graphics tablet, laser and photo printers
  • Cryhog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This is my first Mac purchase pretty much ever. Bought it to do work and play games in -- this problem happens EXACTLY the same way for me, though only when I'm gaming or doing anything else that makes the machine get really hot to the touch.

    Not sure what to do. Not a great first experience here
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