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MacBook Pro Logic Board Failure

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  • cmoesel Calculating status...
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    Dec 5, 2012 10:18 AM (in response to Tom Herman)

    They did not seem very willing to budge on this.  I pointed out the ridiculousness of what they were saying and they just repeated the new quote and reason to me.  I didn't see the conversation going anywhere.


    When I told them to send it back un-fixed, they reminded me that I could get a new one for very close to the same price.


    You reminded me though-- in addition to the superdrive, I also have had to replace the fans in mine as well.  So I guess this is at least the 3rd thing that has broken on me.

  • Artfulodin Calculating status...
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    Dec 5, 2012 10:33 AM (in response to Keith Walsh)

    Dam, this discussion is going to be 2 years old on the 7th. Come on Apple, give it up. Beauty does come at a price yaw .


    Ok, guys. My macbook pro died. Used the heat gun on the nVidia chip. Worked for a couple months and now, dead again. Just redid it and it's working fine again, for now.


    The nVidia chip needs to be REBALL. The nVidia chip needs to be REBALL. The nVidia chip needs to be REBALL.




    So, find yourself a local xbox video chip reballer and he'll do it for around $50. You'll be good for another 4 years.


    This machine runs HOTTER on Windows side than MAC side. 3D gaming or calcuations will kill this machine over time, cause there is not adequate ventilation for the nVidia chip.


    Good luck guys!

  • harisfromathens Calculating status...
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    Dec 5, 2012 11:45 AM (in response to Artfulodin)

    You are 101 right... you can fry eggs if you decide to play advanced games - you need a cooler


    MACBOOK PRO - XBOX RROD - 1stGen Playstation 3



    Good luck


    PS I have already paid once about $700

  • macssam Calculating status...
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    Dec 5, 2012 1:53 PM (in response to cmoesel)

    the MBP DVD is just a mouse trap

    I wonder why MBP is still top on most computer reviews

    to bring out the truth and warn undecided buyers
    it would be helpful to post your experiences in all these computer reviews

  • cmoesel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 2:40 PM (in response to macssam)

    The sad truth is, I will probably still buy another one (or Mac Mini or iMac).  I just enjoy the overall Mac experience (particularly software) too much...


    That said, I guess I have heard lots of great things about Windows 8.  Maybe I should take a look before I make any decisions.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Dec 11, 2012 7:59 AM (in response to Keith Walsh)

    I see nothing in that article about the problems with the real topic of this thread. This thread was originally about the late 2007 and early 2008 model MBPs with the bad Nvidia chip. although the article points out steps when, Not If, your Mac will not boot it does nothing for anyone that has the problem with the bad graphic chips.


    But thanks anyway.

  • Poikkeus Level 4 Level 4 (2,775 points)
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    Dec 15, 2012 12:26 PM (in response to Keith Walsh)

    Apple acknowledges responsibility for failure of logic boards with certain 2007 and 2008 MBPs.


    This thread pple-for-defective-macbook-logic-boards.html outlines the dissatisfaction from current users.


    The problem is, the problem is still happening with some current MBPs, and users need a forum to discuss the issues with defective gear.

  • saturnotaku Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)
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    Dec 17, 2012 6:20 AM (in response to Poikkeus)

    Two of the five dated incidents specifically mention 2007-2008 models. One doesn't say at all what model it is but based on the text, one can infer that it was of the same vintage.

  • Nathan Fish Calculating status...
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    Dec 21, 2012 4:21 AM (in response to Keith Walsh)

    Yesterday my wife closed her MBP 15" before going to work (early 2011 model).  When she got homes she opened it up and it beeped three times continuously with a black screen.  Reading up online it appeared it was a problem with the ram.  As we are fairly close to an AASP we took it there and they thought the same and tried swapping out the ram.  After 6 chips they believe it is not the ram but a logic board failure.   They recommended we call apple to see how to proceed as it was 4 months out of its 1 yr warranty and we did not get AppleCare. 


    A long story short, I called apple and they said as it is 4 months out of warranty there is nothing they can do.  I am taking back to the AASP so they can diagnose exactly what the problem is.  I'm getting the told-you-we-should-have-gotten-the-extended-coverage-but-you-said-we-didn't-nee d-it from my wife.  This was our first apple computer and if I thought a $2,000 computer would crap out within 18 months I would have got the the AppleCare.  Now we are probably looking at $500 - $600. 


    A lot of the lb problems people on this thread had were with 2007/2008 models but as ours is a 2011 has apple really resolved the issues with the lb?

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Dec 21, 2012 4:39 AM (in response to Nathan Fish)

    This type of thing just goes to show you that Apple computers, or any of their products, are no better built then any other.


    For that $2000 you could of bought one heck of a Windows PC.

  • Poikkeus Level 4 Level 4 (2,775 points)
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    Dec 21, 2012 9:47 AM (in response to Shootist007)

    If you preruse the MBP Discussions, you realize that the Logic Board issue isn't isolated to 2007-8 MBPs. It's still happening, albeit not as frequently.


    This survey of the MacBook Pro Logic Board issue may be informative:


  • J185 Calculating status...
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    Dec 22, 2012 3:57 PM (in response to Poikkeus)

    Just to add my two bits to this discussion...mid-2010 MBP logic board died after mountain lion install.  Manifested itself as gradual failures of various software.  Took it to my local shop and they diagnosed the problem and replaced the logic board at not cost (gratis Apple they said). I do not have AppleCare on this machine.  I thought that it was odd that they would do a $1000 repair for free with no warranty...unless they were aware that the problem was their fault.  Whatever, a very expensive machine bought because I was sick of rapid fire Windows updates making my machine obsolete within 3 years.  Apparently Apple has done one better and can actually get their updates to physically kill the hardware in machines less than 3 years old.  Thanks for the repair Apple but you need to smarten up.  You are making the Bill Gates mistake......

  • lenn5 Level 4 Level 4 (2,530 points)
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    Dec 22, 2012 5:45 PM (in response to Nathan Fish)



    Sorry too hear about your wife's MBP.


    When the "geniuses" at the Apple Store refuse to help the best thing to do is call Apple Customer Relations department. Just call Apple and asked to be transfered to them. It's worth a try.



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