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  • jamesarm97 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My logic board was replaced twice. First time lasted a few hours. The second time it lasted a week. Once the problem happens it only gets worse until it is completely unusable. This time my laptop is being replaced.

  • ToddBradley Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Holy moly. I thought I had a weird fluke of a system, but it sounds like there are lots of people fighting the same issues. Here's the post about my story:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/23183780#23183780

     

    In short, I've had the main logic board replaced twice and the LCD panel replaced once all in the past three weeks. Yet, I'm still having problems. In my case, any app that tries to use the discrete graphics processor causes the computer to freeze. That includes Silverlight, and even just attempting to uncheck the "Automatic graphics switching" checkbox in the Energy Saver preferences pane.

     

    I downloaded gfxCardStatus thinking I might be able to use it to force the computer to use only the integrated graphics processor. However, if I select either "Integrated Only" or "Discrete Only" the computer freezes instantly.

     

    I spent another hour talking to Apple tech support this morning, and they're insisting on trying to fix this problem one more time. So I'm sending it in for repairs a third time. It's been a month since I've been able to do any video editing on this computer, which is a very bad thing given that I'm a freelance videographer.

     

    The weird thing is that all the Apple Geniuses I've worked with at the Apple Store on this issue and the tech support guy I worked with on the phone all acted like they've never heard of this problem before and that it's totally baffling. Is it really possible that enough people are having these issues to create 25 pages of Support Community posts in this thread (not to mention many other similar threads), and yet nobody at Apple knows anything about this? Or do you think all the technical people I've worked with are just "playing dumb" about it?

  • Anil SF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Todd,

     

    >However, if I select either "Integrated Only" or "Discrete Only" the computer freezes instantly.

     

    I doubt this will be of help, but who knows... On my MPB if I select Integrated Only after booting up, but before all the apps have finished launching (and whaterver other startup processes get going), my computer usually freezes. However, if I wait for everything to finish loading and then got to Integrated Only it works (I need to select the option twice in order to get the checkmark - no idea why).

     

    Also, perhaps out of superstition, I sometimes change switch to a full screen terminal app as soon as possible, figuring that should reduce the chance that the descrete cards gets activated. Unfortunately my system is too unstable to reboot now, so I can't do any scientific analysis of the above.

  • syrakuz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Apple W_T_F?

  • Vicente Alfonso Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    And one more thing... Everybody with this problem has the repair battery advisory?

    Mine has

  • Neshill Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I need to select the option twice in order to get the checkmark - no idea why

    This is the same for me, I need to select it twice for it to really switch.

     

    Everybody with this problem has the repair battery advisory?

     

    Mine didn't in the beginning, but about a month ago it started showing it, and my battery usually lasts an hour tops. It worked without issues, battery health was 92%.

  • ToddBradley Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Regarding the issue of having to check the checkmark twice, I read that can mean that your preferences file is corrupt. You should trash your preferences and see if you still have the same problem. Or run Onyx and have it check the preferences files for you.

     

    On the topic of battery repair, I don't understand what Vicente means. My battery is in good shape. The original battery went bad, as all of them eventually do. But I had that replaced at the Apple Store a while ago and the current one holds a charge pretty well.

  • ToddBradley Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Anil SF wrote:

     

    Hey Todd,

     

    >However, if I select either "Integrated Only" or "Discrete Only" the computer freezes instantly.

     

    I doubt this will be of help, but who knows... On my MPB if I select Integrated Only after booting up, but before all the apps have finished launching (and whaterver other startup processes get going), my computer usually freezes. However, if I wait for everything to finish loading and then got to Integrated Only it works (I need to select the option twice in order to get the checkmark - no idea why).

    Very interesting. Well, I created a new user account on my MBP, so that not much gets started when I log in as that user. I just tried it. I logged in as the test user and then waited a while to make sure everything was fully started. And then I tried to switch to Integrated Only. But it still froze on me. So you and I are seeing slightly different behavior, I guess.

  • james.jp.rogers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same problem here.  Early 2011 MacBook Pro 15". Was randomly freezing in the exact same ways as described in the thread. It was the discrete video card and the switching between the two. Running fine with integrated only (although losing the ability to have an external monitor is really unfortunate). Now my operating system won't boot after i just shut it down.  Don't know if there's a real good solution other than getting a new logic board (which would be my third on this machine) and new graphics card. I do not feel paying for this is justified.  AppleCare, no AppleCare, this is a defect for sure. We all can't be at fault for this. I've sent in some feedback and awaiting a response and I suggest if you are reading this and you haven't, do so (http://www.apple.com/feedback/macbookpro.html). I'm not exactly sure on what other actions that can be done to get Apple to acknowledge and do something on this, but any and all suggestions at this point would be helpful.

  • Airbum88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm wondering how many with GPU problems with their 2011 MBPs used an external monitor.

    Can you guys indicate whether you used one or not?

  • SecretNinja Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My problem definitely started during use of an external monitor. I used one every day at work. I thought, briefly, the computer might work if I stopped using the external monitor. But the problem showed up again about a week after I stopped using one, and eventually "killed" my copmuter. I can no longer boot up into the operating system - it always freezes up in mid boot...just like everyone else.

  • james.jp.rogers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did also use an external monitor, but I didn't use it all the time and the problem first started when I didn't have it plugged in and hadn't used it for some time. As for hanging boot screens, mine eventually booted. Try resetting the pram to see if that works, but as far as I can tell, there isn't much rhyme or reason as to getting the operating system to load. Now that it's loaded, I suppose I'm not going to shut down for the foreseeable future.

  • saramwrap Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No external monitor with any of my three unhappy logic boards. 

  • ToddBradley Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    I almost never use an external monitor. I would estimate that in 2.5 years, I've used an external monitor for about 10 hours out of roughly 3000 hours of active use.

    Airbum88 wrote:

     

    I'm wondering how many with GPU problems with their 2011 MBPs used an external monitor.

    Can you guys indicate whether you used one or not?

  • atif.developer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same issue. My MBP is 15-inch, Late 2011 and I am freelancer iOS developer. This is my Second MBP before that I purcahced  2nd hand MBP 2008 model in 2010 but I got this issue http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2377?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US and could not free repair becuase I have no warenty and now I puracshed new one but have the same issue and I again I had 1 year deault warenty.

     

    Definately I wont purcase new MBP. I prefered Mac Mini and placed it any cold place then use throug remote contrrol because MBP is not designed for exensive programs for long run. I think due to heat the contact point of graphic card chip melts and start this type of issue.  My Hp dv62090eo still working which I mostly use for Windows Programming and Gamming. So I don't know it is apple design issue or by purpose then any extensive MBP user will purchase after year or two.

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