Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2013 4:20 AM (in response to abelliveau)
I have exactly the same problem on a 17" mbp early 2011. I have brought the computer to Apple Store Opera in Paris. Still waiting for some news but apparently if they change the motherboard, i will have to pay 500 €
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2013 4:40 AM (in response to abelliveau)
I have also problems with my MacBook Pro 15" early 2011. Hardware was completly exchanged at the beginning of this year with the result it works for 2 month like expected. but then the problems start again.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2013 5:04 AM (in response to abelliveau)
I wonder if some of these issues could be causeed by OS versions / revisions and hardware conflicts?
I had installed 16gb OCZ Vertex 1333 ram, Samsung 840 PRO SSD and an OEM 2ndary bay caddy with the stock Apple harddrive in place of my DVD drive. I had a crufty install of 8.4 (upgraded on a differente drive and then cloned to the SSD) with a lot of old crap installed, development tools, opensource utils, etc.. I upgraded to 8.5 and that's when my problems started. Went back to the stock 4gb of ram and no fix. Installed the .9 GM and while it was a little better, no fix.
Last night I put the DVD back in, took out the SSD and put in 250gb Hitachi platter drive I had lying around and clean installed 8.2. Upgraded to 8.4 and installed some apps from the store.
With gfxCardStatus, I've kept it in discerete for HOURS with no issues. Was the first thing I did after I reached the 8.2 desktop.
Going to open a lot of apps and play with it all day and see if I can produce a crash. If not I'll put the 16gb do a clean install on my SSD.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2013 5:17 AM (in response to mafois2005)
The biggest Mac website in France is finally talking about our problem : http://www.macg.co/mac/2013/10/des-problemes-de-basculement-de-cartes-graphiques -avec-les-macbook-pro-2011-77237 (french)
Thanks so much to the article of Apple Insider ;o)
Apple do YOU HEAR US NOW?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2013 5:48 AM (in response to abelliveau)
With my MBP early 2011 I had OS 10.6.8, 8GB RAM, 250GB Samsung SSD 830 and also a caddy which replaced the DVD drive with second 1TB hard drive.
When the problems last week started I also tried to replace the RAM, to replace the SSD and to try OS 10.8.3 as well 10.8.5
NO Success !!!
I can tell you, that this is no problem caused by any software.
It is definitely a hardware problem !!!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2013 6:38 AM (in response to abelliveau)
With my mid 2010 macbook pro, I have a very similar problem, the screen just goes black when discrete mode is activated (not every time, and more often on battery than on power chord). Only sollution is to reboot. Never managed to have a proper response from Apple about this
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2013 6:53 AM (in response to berndfromwien)
In my case, I hope it is. Been switching between integrated and discrete for a few minutes and no isses. First time in a week i've been able to do this.
I have a 6770m BTW.
Still playing with it, but really hope I can save the cash. There are been others where the issue resolved itself and never returned - hopefully, I have their luck.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2013 7:14 AM (in response to abelliveau)
It seems the GPU problem of the MBP early 2011 have the same problems as the iMac 2011 and the previous MBP (2007, 2008, 2010).
This problem is known at Apple but it looks they don't care enough, yet. Go and buy a new logic board or spend some more cash on another MBP.
"Holy thermal paste! Time will tell if the gobs of thermal paste applied to the CPU and GPU will cause overheating issues down the road."
Well the answer is 28 months, more or less.
Apple you suck a lot of cash money.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2013 7:27 AM (in response to abelliveau)
I am yet another one who has experienced the same issue in this thread.
MBP early 2011, 6490M (256MB).
I use an external monitor, which seems to require discrete graphics. As such, I cannot stay with integrated unless I'm on-the road working. But then I show up at a client and have to plug in to give a presentation. Imagine how embarassing it is to plug in to a projector or TV, requiring use of the 6490M, and watching the computer totally freeze, wasting everybody's time while I struggle with it. (And they're paying me for THIS???!!!)
Apple used to have an old commercial where a presenter to a large audience had his computer freeze...then, from the back of the room, someone yells out "Get a Mac!!!".
For me, this problem has been intermittent for the past year and 1/2 - 2 or so. I just muddle through. But today, I ran across this thread...and BOY and I angry now!!! And obviously 'known issue' for some time now and no fix or customer accommodation???!!!
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