10 Replies Latest reply: Mar 7, 2013 8:10 AM by Dr.Drum
Olek NZ Level 1 (0 points)

I have just run into this issue described above. My MacBook pro was purchased more than 4 years ago. So am I one of those out of luck?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • bandit Level 3 (870 points)

    welcome to the OUT OF LUCK CLUB!


    Seriously, there are a lot of us in the same boat as you. Time to get the credit card out and buy a new laptop.


    I am sorry for your loss. I would think computers should last longer, however that year/model had a problem. Apple decided to honor fixing that problem, but only for a limited time. Those of us who fall out of that time frame are out of luck.

  • Olek NZ Level 1 (0 points)

    I am buying a new computer because I need a faster one, but that doesn't mean that I am going to give up on my old one. It was a top of the line MacBook Pro 5 years ago and it is still a very useful machine.  I can't say enough good things about it having served me in my professional digital illustration work for such a long time. I believe in longevity and I am a big opponent of planned obsolescence. This computer was a testament to the former until recently when I had to replace the hard drive and now this GPU problem. I am willing to spend money on a repair to make it run along my new one that I hope will work for a long time as well. Although I wish I didn't have to drop that extra few hundred bucks to keep it running

  • mclientx Level 1 (0 points)

    How do they check purchase date? Do you need invoice from Apple Store or serial number is enough?

  • bandit Level 3 (870 points)

    Sounds Like you are more than capable of fixing your MacBook Pro. Hopefully, after you fix it, it will serve you for many more years. Good luck.

  • anatrkulja Level 1 (0 points)
    I also have the same problem, coz. the macbook is working, but the display is black,
    and I got at the end of 2007. It would be fair of Apple to make it possible for all people
    who got the computer between May 2007 and September 2008 to get covered costs
    for Geforce card. I mean, the computer was super expensive and now, in Germany,
    they ask me to pay 740 Euros at Apple Service Center (Gravis).
    600 Euros for the card and 140 Euros for opening the laptop etc.
    I found this to be way too expensive - I mean, think about it:
    you pay a lot of money for something which should be a first class product,
    then you realize that the graphic card was "doomed" from the beginning and
    then you have to pay again 1/3 of the original price, which was not o.k. on
    the first place, coz. the computer had bad parts!
    Meanwhile, Apple earns Zillions and tells you, well bad luck...
  • simonizzzer Level 1 (0 points)

    Out of luck club is way too cool!!!

    I can't believe so many people are having the same problem yet they are sticking to the 4 years warranty plan!!

  • aussiejools Level 1 (0 points)

    I have just joined the out of luck club too. Given how expensive this laptop was originally I expected it to last longer than 4 years 3 months! Also given that Apple knew of this problem with the graphics processor why are we penalised because ours took just a bit too long to fail? I expect apple to replace all of these defective graphics processors for free. This customer service is not good enough apple!

  • brendazza Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem!!!


    If you read the article at the end says:


    "Apple will continue to evaluate the repair data and will provide further repair extensions as needed."


    If they don´t rapair it for free is a falure as a COMPANY!

  • Ussiel Garcia Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello, I live in chile, I'm also in the same situation with my MBP A1226, take it for service and was told he was out of time and that the warranty did not cover the repair. is a joke that a machine so expensive, so little work, we should join forces and achieve a fair response from Apple!!!!!!!

  • Dr.Drum Level 1 (0 points)

    serial# should be sufficient.