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  • m.solatre Level 1 (0 points)

    One week short of 2 years, since purchase, and this happens to me. Can't believe this problem is so common.

  • Jojo Bombardo Level 1 (0 points)

    I also have the problem with my MBP early 2011.

    The pixels flicker around the red color mostly.

    I can't work out a fix.

    The genious bar asks for 350$ to replace the motherboard.

    I have been quite disapointed by the diagnosis from the guy of the genious bar.

  • Carlos J Level 1 (0 points)

    Add me to the list: Early 2011 17" MBP with the Radeon 6750M GPU. while playing a video game on Dec 31 the screen froze with a bunch of lines and the MBP became unresponsive I had to do a hard reboot got to the apple screen then a gray screen forever tried every cmd ending with a blue screen im pretty sure is the GPU because I did a clean install and did a fresh install of the game recreating the same situation it seems is overheating because it takes at least 3-5 min before it crash last temp on istats before crash was 64c.

  • m.solatre Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Matt,


    Can you share your case reference with me as well. I am visiting the Genius Bar tomorrow and would appreciate anything that would help me!


    (m.solatre @ gmail . com)


    Thank you!

  • marcoliverhofer Level 1 (0 points)

    Update: I have been to the Apple Store in Munich ( Germany ) last week, bringing in a broken MBP which was repaired ( for around 500 Euros at an Apple store in Geneva, Switzerland ) four mounth ago. The repair turned out to be not that great, cause the same GPU driven problem appeared.


    To my surprise, after stating the problem and my disatisfaction about the reoccuring issue, the guy at the Genius bar listened and pretty fast said "ok, no worries, we are going to repair that for free". He went off to talk to his boss and 5 Minutes later he came back with a form stating that it will be repaired for free.


    When I was in Geneva, I had like a 20 mins discussion trying to explain to this "Genius" until it was stated to me that it is of course a logicboard issue and we had to replace it for 500 Euros. Now there was no discussion, just a fast and somehow "established" treatment of the problem.


    Not sure if there are just such big differences in the Apple stores ( which would be not good in the first place ) or if Apple in the background acknwoledged this issue and are starting to changing logicboards with this issue, without a lot of hassle.

  • carver0510 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was also short after Chrsitmas in the Apple Store in Munich and I was told, that they can't do anything for free, because of the warrenty and the problem is not offically listed. The MBP is now 2 1/2 years old. I Think they changed it, because you have 90 days warrenty on the repaired Part.

  • anemo78 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem with my 15" Macbook Pro (early 2011) and I was quoted $1000 to get the logic board replaced (with another faulty one?). But I refuse to pay this kind of money for an obvious manufacturing fault. This is Apples responsability, not mine.


    I will instead send it to a company that will reball the GPU with leaded solder. This will probably fix the problem long-term.


    I am finished with being screwed by the world richest company. My battery died after 135 charging cycles and 1+ year and they refused to replace it for free.


    The lack of goodwill and conscience will get back to them. This will be my last Apple product.

  • Macvivientes Level 1 (0 points)

    Forget my solution to macbook pro crashed about 20 times in the row even usind the integrated intel 3000


    What do we need to do to make our selfs heard by apple and get a solution to this?


    The number of us having this issue is increasing exponentially right now...

  • geon88 Level 1 (0 points)



    There's my 2500 euros laptop...!

  • Victor Ga Level 1 (0 points)

    Got my MBP back with its third logic board yesterday... So far so good I will keep you up to date if it holds or not.


    The "genius" told me it was the last replacement next time we consider the machine is as good as dead. Good news is one of the Apple store employees has the exact same problem as us so we are not alone.

  • Brycekl Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem on a late 2011 15 MBP. Didnt even use the thing to its full potential and now its useless.

    I only bought it in Cannes,FR in Jul 2012 and it bit the dust in Dec 2013.


    Those 17 months were great though. Pretty dark that this seems to be such a comman problem.

  • wfacdl Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem with early 2011 15" MBP. I didn't know this was commen defect, so I brought it to diagnostics for 69 euros. In the end, I find 69 euros wasted, and of course I refuse to replace another faulty board for 600 euros.


    Later I found this fix

    as mentioned in this thread or similar threads. Now the MBP works on programs that doesn't need GPU, more slowly than usual, BUT the whole screen is fill with thin red strips. Seems as if the screen is covered by red fog. How would you feel if you keep staring at a red fog for ten minutes?


    I won't buy apple products in the future. Apple is losing more and more customers.

  • webromer Level 1 (0 points)

    What will be if we fully remove faulty gpu from motherboard and macbook will be like 13 inches 2011 macbook pro with only intel graphics?

  • liam from paradise falls Level 1 (0 points)

    just reposting this, please join us:



    if you are having this problem join the group on facebook


    the group is called:


    2011 MacBook Pro and Discrete Graphics Card Issue


    for some reason i cannot post the direct link anymore


    let's all gather there and get organized

  • Roccoc Level 1 (0 points)

    I have EXACTLY the same issue on my MacBook Pro (Late 2011) , the screen freeze when the GPU (AMD Readon HD 6770M  1024 MB) switches from integrated to discrete. Most of the time i need to reboot the Mac, several time to get to the login screen! It's a shame that Apple still hasn't addressed this problem!