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2008 MacBook Pro black screen

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Curunwe Calculating status...
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Nov 26, 2013 10:03 AM

I have a 2008 MacBook Pro that has been working fine until now. Yesterday I switched it on, I heard the start-up chime, but the screen was black. I have tried resetting the VRAM, using an external monitor, etc. But nothing works, the computer seems to be running, but I can't get any image.


After repeated searches on the internet it seems most likely an issue related to the faulty GeForce 8600M GT .


I've found this:   which is of little help, as it seems to imply that if your computer failed after december 7, 2012 you're out of luck, even if the problem is with a faulty hardware piece and has been acknowledged by both parts (Apple and Nvidia).


Is this true? Are my only options to pay for a full repair (if this is even possible) or getting a new computer? Or does Apple still fix computers with this problem even after december, 2012?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,130 points)
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    Nov 26, 2013 10:27 AM (in response to Curunwe)

    Curunwe wrote:

    Or does Apple still fix computers with this problem even after december, 2012?


    Hi C,


    You are likely right on with your diagnosis. And yes, the program has ended. There have been reports of free fixes since that time, but I haven't seen one in awhile. That shouldn't stop you from trying to sweet-talk someone at the "genius" bar, or his/her manager, into doing the repair. They can at least test it and tell you if that's the issue for sure. Good luck.


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