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  • tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,175 points)
    Paul Maus wrote:
    I disagree that the nVidia issue can be totally eliminated without further investigation.

    The symptoms are exactly similar to my experience with the nVidia failure.


    I agree with you Paul. I would definitely bring it in and have it tested.
  • Scott Colson Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks to all for your input. Someone at the office suggested something today - could this be secondary to lightning? I hate to even ask but it has been storming in the upper Midwest. I haven't noticed any other electronics affected, but the MacBook was not surge protected at the time. Although neither was my iPhone and it is working fine.
  • tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,175 points)
    Scott Colson wrote:
    Thanks to all for your input. Someone at the office suggested something today - could this be secondary to lightning? I hate to even ask but it has been storming in the upper Midwest. I haven't noticed any other electronics affected, but the MacBook was not surge protected at the time. Although neither was my iPhone and it is working fine.


    Could it be related? Certainly. Anywhere sensitive electronics are exposed to current surges, there can be trouble.
  • MacPhelim Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    It wouldn't be the cause in my case, no lightning here for a little while.
  • darion_nguyen Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I don't have any lighting at all, just close the lid to put it into sleep and grab my dinner then back and the MBP didn't want to wake up.

    How could Apple selling all these faulty MBPs to their users? And if I agreed to replace the mainboard for $600, is there anything guarantee that it won't die again?
  • Scott Colson Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Well, Hopefully some good news! Just got back from a trip to my friendly neighborhood Apple Store where I chatted with one of guys at the Genius Bar. He ran some tests and tried some things with the RAM. Then he tested the nVidia card. Guess what? It's faulty, so they said they'll replace it free under the extended warranty. Hopefully that fixes the problem. He said it would. I'll keep you all posted.
  • darion_nguyen Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Wow, you're so lucky having that genius guy to check your MBP carefully
  • tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,175 points)
    Scott Colson wrote:
    Well, Hopefully some good news! Just got back from a trip to my friendly neighborhood Apple Store where I chatted with one of guys at the Genius Bar. He ran some tests and tried some things with the RAM. Then he tested the nVidia card. Guess what? It's faulty, so they said they'll replace it free under the extended warranty. Hopefully that fixes the problem. He said it would. I'll keep you all posted.


    I think that's about the best news you could get under the circumstances. I'm confident you'll end up with a working MBP when this is finished. Thanks to Paul for putting the focus on the proper issue.
  • AnonyMouse Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
    darion_nguyen wrote:
    "if I agreed to replace the mainboard for $600, is there anything guarantee that it won't die again?"

    I'd say that somewhere along the way the logic board will most certainly fail again. Only 90 days of warranty for a $600 replacement is not too reassuring. Yeah, shelling out that much cash for a $2000 machine really stinks. And you've owned your Pro for only a year and a half. I feel for ya brother. As I mentioned in my previous post here my MBP needed two logic board replacements at 18-20 months and I'm absolutely furious about it.
    At least my AppleCare 3 year warranty covered it.
    It's too late now for you but not getting an extended warranty for a MBP is foolish.
    It's my feeling that the "normal" range of operating temperatures that a MacBook Pro is subject to puts too much stress on the logic board, as well as other electronic parts in a MBP's guts.
    Apple really needs to make the MBP's electronics far more robust.
  • MacPhelim Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    While on the one hand I'd hate to admit I'm wrong, on the other hand this is good news. Alas, the nearest Apple store is 8 hours away, the nearest Apple authorized support place is an hour away, so I'll be shipping mine.
  • Ali Lee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey, guys, what's the result about this issue? i have got the same issue this morning. my MBP can not boot, sleep light on, no boot chant. any update please let me know. thanks. My email is axeme@126.com.
  • darion_nguyen Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I'm gonna ship mine back to the US where I purchased it for a recheck, I'm in Vietnam right now and the AASPs here suck bad I think.

    They told me they plugged in an external hard drive with some kind of apps that they said come from Apple designed just for testing out this bug, it would produced an error code to describe the bug but mine spit out nothing so they refused to cover my case.

    Sigh... Well I can't imagine that a Pro could die that soon and for an unknown reason. That's my first Mac ever beside my iPod Classic and Touch.

    Will keep updating the situation here.
  • bhgemini70 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I had the same thing happen 2 days ago. The screen became really pixelated while on screen saver and then wouldn't finish booting. It originally let me go into Bootcamp and I tried my back up mac hdd and windows partitions with no success. I tried booting into the Windows partition and it froze with a Black screen with blue dashes everywhere. I tried all of the topics suggestions and after that it now spins, runs the fans, but wont show anything on the screen. Does this sound the same to you?

    Here is a picture of the frozen screen:

    [IMG]http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m11/bhillyergemini/MBPwontboot-WindowsPart.jp g[/IMG]

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  • phoenix1305 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    same problem here.
    tried all the possible solutions to get it started again. no luck.
    strange that so many MBP's failed to boot, around the same time.
    will take mine in for a checkup.

    any other advice from the experts?
  • OPDurant Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I Have the same model/problem happened at the same time but has happened before.

    Don't know if this is the Nvidia issue...