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cfbbaer Level 1 (0 points)

Hello there,


Since upgrading to Mavericks here is what happens:


I use my computer without any problems, leave, it goes to sleep. I come back, it wakes up for about 5 seconds and has a GPU Panic and reboots.


I've read about the GPU recall for the Mid-2010 Macbook Pro. But my computer is older than 3 years, so Apple won't take it.


I understand they were clear about the rules of the recall. But then again, If I found out I screwed up in my work, I'd try to fix it, despite of how long later the damage showed up.


Anyway, here are the specs of the computer and the crash log. Anyone has any ideas what could be causing it? I've done a clean install of Mavericks, and it didn't fix it.




Macbook Pro 6,2

15-inch, Mid 2010

2,66 GHz Intel Core i7


No upgrades, stock machine.



Tue Jan  7 15:39:48 2014

panic(cpu 0 caller 0xffffff7fa1961fac): "GPU Panic: [<None>] 3 3 7f 0 0 0 0 3 : NVRM[0/1:0:0]: Read Error 0x00000100: CFG 0xffffffff 0xffffffff 0xffffffff, BAR0 0xd2000000 0xffffff80bee2b000 0x0a5480a2, D0, P2/4\n"@/SourceCache/AppleGraphicsControl/AppleGraphicsControl-3.4.12/src/Apple MuxControl/kext/GPUPanic.cpp:127

Backtrace (CPU 0), Frame : Return Address

0xffffff809b26aca0 : 0xffffff801f622f69

0xffffff809b26ad20 : 0xffffff7fa1961fac

0xffffff809b26adf0 : 0xffffff7fa001c53d

0xffffff809b26aeb0 : 0xffffff7fa00e8d9e

0xffffff809b26aef0 : 0xffffff7fa00e8dfc

0xffffff809b26af60 : 0xffffff7fa036d5be

0xffffff809b26b090 : 0xffffff7fa010cd41

0xffffff809b26b0b0 : 0xffffff7fa002308d

0xffffff809b26b160 : 0xffffff7fa0020bae

0xffffff809b26b360 : 0xffffff7fa00224d7

0xffffff809b26b430 : 0xffffff7fa0f7f27a

0xffffff809b26b510 : 0xffffff7fa0f7c601

0xffffff809b26b590 : 0xffffff7fa0f7d0cd

0xffffff809b26b610 : 0xffffff7fa0f7d954

0xffffff809b26b750 : 0xffffff7fa0f7e3e0

0xffffff809b26b880 : 0xffffff7fa0fafcb4

0xffffff809b26b8c0 : 0xffffff7fa0fb09dd

0xffffff809b26b900 : 0xffffff7fa0faa550

0xffffff809b26ba70 : 0xffffff7fa0faaecc

0xffffff809b26bac0 : 0xffffff7fa0fa6761

0xffffff809b26baf0 : 0xffffff7fa0fa1558

0xffffff809b26bb20 : 0xffffff7fa0f89e64

0xffffff809b26bb70 : 0xffffff801facccda

0xffffff809b26bb90 : 0xffffff801facd83e

0xffffff809b26bbf0 : 0xffffff801facb28f

0xffffff809b26bd40 : 0xffffff801f6b6008

0xffffff809b26be50 : 0xffffff801f626bb1

0xffffff809b26be80 : 0xffffff801f6139b5

0xffffff809b26bef0 : 0xffffff801f61e003

0xffffff809b26bf70 : 0xffffff801f6c921d

0xffffff809b26bfb0 : 0xffffff801f6f3e26

      Kernel Extensions in backtrace:
[A4934A66-0E30-36E9-984A-650481102449]@ 0xffffff7fa1954000->0xffffff7fa1966fff

            dependency:[661E3C87-5B97-3272-88FF-B9BA9B6E2 4ED]@0xffffff7fa194c000

            dependency:[045D5D6F-AD1E-36DB-A249-A346E2B48E54]@0xfffff f7f9ff24000

            dependency:[447B4896-16FF-3616-95A2-1C516B2A1498]@0xffffff 7f9fcba000

            dependency:[38E388A5-92D6-3388-B799-F2498E582287]@0 xffffff7f9ff78000

            dependency:[E04639C5-D734-3AB3-A682-FE66694C66 53]@0xffffff7fa194f000
[0A1B6F41-168D-307A-BABD-162F3B3 C2786]@0xffffff7f9ffcb000->0xffffff7fa023afff

            dependency:[447B4896-16FF-3616-95A2-1C516B2A1498]@0xffffff 7f9fcba000

            dependency:[86BA68C6-18DD-30A1-ABF6-54597AD6C277]@0xff ffff7f9ffbb000

            dependency:[38E388A5-92D6-3388-B799-F2498E582287]@0 xffffff7f9ff78000
[67BAF872-A238-3787-AB74-22297A51FE8F]@0xffffff7fa 0f4f000->0xffffff7fa1019fff

            dependency:[447B4896-16FF-3616-95A2-1C516B2A1498]@0xffffff 7f9fcba000

            dependency:[86BA68C6-18DD-30A1-ABF6-54597AD6C277]@0xff ffff7f9ffbb000

            dependency:[38E388A5-92D6-3388-B799-F2498E582287]@0 xffffff7f9ff78000

            dependency:[0A1B6F41-168D-307A-BABD-162F3B3 C2786]@0xffffff7f9ffcb000
[3666E0FC-87C7-3329-BD8C-2F1ADE D100A4]@0xffffff7fa0245000->0xffffff7fa04f1fff

            dependency:[0A1B6F41-168D-307A-BABD-162F3B3 C2786]@0xffffff7f9ffcb000

            dependency:[447B4896-16FF-3616-95A2-1C516B2A1498]@0xffffff 7f9fcba000



BSD process name corresponding to current thread: WindowServer



Mac OS version:




Kernel version:

Darwin Kernel Version 13.0.0: Thu Sep 19 22:22:27 PDT 2013; root:xnu-2422.1.72~6/RELEASE_X86_64

Kernel UUID: 1D9369E3-D0A5-31B6-8D16-BFFBBB390393

Kernel slide:     0x000000001f400000

Kernel text base: 0xffffff801f600000

System model name: MacBookPro6,2 (Mac-F22586C8)



System uptime in nanoseconds: 3969403748229

last loaded kext at 87123221583:          1.9 (addr 0xffffff7fa0517000, size 65536)

last unloaded kext at 265767993068:          650.4.0 (addr 0xffffff7fa080b000, size 65536)

loaded kexts:

com.squirrels.driver.AirParrotSpeakers          1.7          1.9          1.9.5d0          100.14.11          3.0          124          3.5.13          8.1.8          8.1.8          2.5.2fc2          2.5.2fc2          4.2.0f6          1.60          3.4.12          1.7.0          1.0.0          1.1.12          8.1.8          3.0.4d1          1.0.0          2.0.4d1          1.0.0d1          4.2.0f6          7.0.0          1          240.2          240.2          325.7          1.0.0d1          1.0.0d1          35          3.3.5          3.6.0          404          2.4.0          4.9.9          700.20.22          2.9.5          650.4.4          3.6.9b9          650.4.1          161.0.0          2.0          2.0          1.8          2.0          2.0          1.7          216.0.0          153          3          216.0.0          3.4.12          1.0          8.1.8          8.1.8          2.5.2fc2          1.0.0          4.2.0f6          1.0.4          2.3.6          3.4.12          1.0.0          1.0.11d1          1.0.12d1          5.5.1d27          2.5.2fc2          2.5.2fc2          2.2.5          91          2.3.6          10.0.7          4.2.0f6          3.1.6d1          1.9.4fc11          1.14          240.6          650.4.4          3.6.0          3.6.0          650.4.0          650.4.0          3.6.0          1.7          1.7.1          1.7.1          2.6.0          3.6.0          4.5.5          600.34          2.6.0          650.4.4          1.0.3b3          1.0.1b4          3.2          650.4.4          2.0          2.0          2.0.0          1.1          278.10          1.0.0d1          7          2          371.1          1.9          21          28.30          2.0          2.8          1.4          1.0          1

Model: MacBookPro6,2, BootROM MBP61.0057.B0F, 2 processors, Intel Core i7, 2.66 GHz, 4 GB, SMC 1.58f17

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics, Built-In, 288 MB

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, PCIe, 512 MB

Memory Module: BANK 0/DIMM0, 2 GB, DDR3, 1067 MHz, 0x802C, 0x31364A53463235363634485A2D3147314631

Memory Module: BANK 1/DIMM0, 2 GB, DDR3, 1067 MHz, 0x802C, 0x31364A53463235363634485A2D3147314631

AirPort: spairport_wireless_card_type_airport_extreme (0x14E4, 0x93), Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (

Bluetooth: Version 4.2.0f6 12982, 3 services, 15 devices, 1 incoming serial ports

Network Service: Wi-Fi, AirPort, en1

Serial ATA Device: Hitachi HTS545050B9SA02, 500,11 GB

Serial ATA Device: MATSHITADVD-R   UJ-898

USB Device: Hub

USB Device: Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad

USB Device: BRCM2070 Hub

USB Device: Bluetooth USB Host Controller

USB Device: Internal Memory Card Reader

USB Device: Hub

USB Device: IR Receiver

USB Device: Built-in iSight

Thunderbolt Bus:




OS X Mavericks (10.9.1)
  • BobRz Level 5 (6,115 points)

    Read this. It's a known problem with that model. I know, I have one.



    You might be able to get it replaced even if it's outside the 3 years. Some users have. You'll just have to try at the Genius Bar.


    In the meantime, try downloading gfxstatus and forcing the graphics to Intel.



    It's a hardware problem. Other than gfxstatus, there's no fix.

  • cfbbaer Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello BobRz,


    I'll give gfxstatus a try. Hope forcing Intel won't slow down too much my work.


    The problem with the Apple Store is that I'm not in the US. No official Apple Stores here.


    The authorized service says only Apple can make that call. I called Apple here and although they were very nice, they said they could not make an exception. I get their point, I just don't quite agree with it. Computers break down over time, I'm fine with that. But if they recognize they messed up in the first place, then they should take respnosibility.


    Let's see how gfxstatus does.



  • JJRogersxviii Level 1 (0 points)

    Mac replaced mine as an out of warrenty replacement. I believe you have the same machine mid 2010. It is an out of warrenty replacement..

    Thank the lord. The part and work was about 500.

  • Oberdan Level 1 (0 points)

    JJRogersxviii wrote:


    Mac replaced mine as an out of warrenty replacement. I believe you have the same machine mid 2010. It is an out of warrenty replacement..

    Thank the lord. The part and work was about 500.

    Hy JJRoger, how did you get this free replacement? I've just bought a used MBP (15" mid-2010) and after upgrade to MLion the problems started.

    The first owner bought this MBP a few months over the 3 years extended guarantee.

    I'm from Brazil, and I just have an Authorized Service Provider to go.


  • bunlo Level 1 (0 points)

    My troubleshoot so far:



    • I have been baffled with the GPU panic for quite some time especially noticable after Maverick installed ( I think I have the situation when using Mountain Lion but very rare)
    • I have my MBP Mid 2010 i7 2.66Ghz High-Res, aftermarket 8GB ram + 256GB SSD
    • This machine run 24/7 (no sleep, only monitor turn off after 30 minutes)
    • Mini display port connected to a monitor to extend the landscape
    • One USB port connected to 7 port USB 2.0 hub
    • Bluetooth mouse, keyboard, headphones
    • Heavy rendering sometime, heavy network traffic (iPhoto 30,000+ photos, Aperture 10,000+ photos & [iTunes media] folder with 400+ videos on NAS over Gigabit ethernet)
    • Like most people suggested, to take MBP to genius bar, out of warranty (close to 4 yrs), asking CND$690 to replace logic board. Didn't do it because too expensive



    • For long time, when first time insert a SD card, it didn't reconized, need to pull it out and reinsert. Occaionally happend to USB stick too. other USB devices seems unaffected. This happed before Maverick installed
    • Someone suggested [system preference] > [energy saver] > uncheck [Automatic graphics switching]. Still happening
    • Someone suggested gfxCardStatus, its just software option of the above
    • Even using gfsCardStatus, force integrated graphics (single monitor), still panic
    • Unplug everything including the power, seems better in both graphics mode
    • Plug back each item (Power, ethernet, display port external display, USB) one by one, troubleshoot by running each additional item for couple days, seems better (you get once in 2 days or so, random)



    • I plug in iPhone to sync, the MBP panic like before,
    • Or using USB port to recharge something, its panic
    • Again, it is so random, doesn't mean that it happen right after you plug in, but it happen more frequent than not having iPhone (iPad or whatever) to plug in.



    • Something related to the Power and USB port under Maverick (Powernap maybe)
    • Or something related to iDevice when plug in (S/W issue)



    • I haven't try 10.9.3 (beta) as of to date, it saids fixed some power issue, if you are developer, try it out
    • Try not having any iDevice to plug-in at all and observe for couple days.
    • Even try not to have any USB thing plug in, leave them empty and observe for couple days.
    • If this give better stability, we are on the same boat
    • I have the MBP running non-stop without panicking for 4 days until I plug in my iPhone.
    • It saved me $690, so far so good.



    • My next step will be revert it back to Mountain Lion and test
    • Test on my aftermarket RAM, replacing with different brand and size
    • Revert back to HDD (I don't think it is related, but if above 2 are failed, I will do so)



    Please stay tuned.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (55,290 points)

    Certain samples of the MacBook Pro 6,2 2010 model were built with Graphics chips that contained a Latent Defect. It has been there since they were manufactured.


    When later versions of Mac OS X are run, these defects show themselves. The genius Bar has a test for the Latent Defect that has always been in these chips. It is called the VST test. it takes only a few minutes to run, and they should be happy to run it for you while you watch. Their standard overnight diagnostic does NOT find the Latent Defect.


    There WAS a recall program in place, but its stated time has run out. Some Users in some stores are getting some help from the store manager to lessen the cost of replacement. Lately, reports are that US$350 one-week depot-repair can be made available (when usually it is Not available to you).


    The original program is described in this article:


    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010): Intermittent black screen or loss of video



  • bunlo Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, I am fully aware of the problem, and options that we could have here, I had the "Genius" to check up in January 2014 (about 2 months after Maverick launch), they did reinstalled the MAC OS for me (ran the basic Hardware test though, no VST), which it didn't help. I gave second try on different store, They give us no option except to pay $690 to replace logic board, no bargain on prices.


    The good thing is even when it panicked, screen will restored (almost) exactly where I left off, if it were PC, I am already throwing my computer and me out the window.


    I actually don't feel upset about this, I loved Apple products so much, as it is like me that with short of cash, I have to drill down the problem without drilling down my pocket. It is annoyed to have computer restart so random and frequent and hope if Apple would do something on software to "fix" or "reroute" the "bug" due to a factory defect, because seems that I am not the only one. An extended recall program would be nice.

  • Oberdan Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Bunlo, I'm suffering from the same situation here with my Macbook Pro Mid 2010 15" i7. I totally agree with you, Apple could do something to help us, but until now, I didn't see any sort of that.


    About the gfxcardstatus, it really worked for me, but, you have to download an old version, because the new one doesn't work well for our purposes. The new version doesn't stay all the time in the integrated video mode, check their explanation:


    "gfxCardStatus v2.3 and above actively prevents you from switching to Integrated Only mode when any apps are in the Dependencies list (or if you have an external display plugged in). This is because if you were to do this, your discrete GPU would actually stay powered on, even though you've switched to the integrated GPU."


    So, after reading that, I managed to download an old version (I'm not with my mac here, but I can tell you later whtat version is), and now I have been able to work with my macbook pro for almost three months without kernel panics. The biggest problem is that using integrate only, you won't be able to plug an external monitor.


    Hope it can help you.

  • joe pelline Level 1 (5 points)

    Oberdan could you tell me what version of GFXcardstatus you're having luck with? I saw that this can help fix this gpu panic somewhere else and I tried it, but now I'm thinking I didn't have the right version. I'd love to try out the version you're talking about since you seem to have good luck with it. Also, are you using the "discrete only" or "integrated only" option?


    Add me to the list of panicing 2010 MBP's. I've tried disabling dynamic graphics switching in system preferences but that hasn't seem to do anything. I've tried a full clean install of OSX, no luck.


    Brought it in several times to two different apple stores stating that it seems to be a common issue with my model. At first they said it would be around $600, but eventually they dropped it to the flat-rate for repairs (I think $310 or so). I still don't feel like I should be responsible for paying for this, so I might try to fight it more. I'd like to try oberdan's method and see if that helps.

  • Oberdan Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Joe, I'll do better, I'll share the version that I'm using.

    Yesterday I used the Macbook Pro for five continuous hours, without any problem. I really believe that the problem is solved, or at least, reduced, because I'm not able to use my external monitor anymore.


    In order to work, you need to use the "integrated only" option. And, again (sorry) I'm not with my Macbook here now, but I remember that you need set one option that will automaticaly restore your preferences when the system reboots, something like "remember my last settings".


    You can download the gfxcardstatus version 2.1 in the link below:


    Please, tell me if it helps.

    Later, I'll write an article about that, in order to try helping other unlucky guys like us :(.



    Thanks Cody Krieger and contributors for their excelente work at

  • joe pelline Level 1 (5 points)

    Awesome, thanks! I'll install it and see how it works out.


    However, are you saying you can't use an external monitor anymore (or that using one renders this fix useless)? When I'm at home I plug a monitor into my macbook to use as my primary display, that's a bit of a deal breaker for me, but I might be misunderstanding you.

  • Oberdan Level 1 (0 points)

    Ohh sorry, I wasn't very clear, maybe because of my poor english.


    Let me try explain better:

    As far I'm understanding now, after a lot of research in this subject, the "integrated mode" uses the intel video card, and the "discrete only" mode uses the NVidia video card - the defective one.


    So, the systems, normally, do the switching from integrade <-> discrete for the following reasons:

    • Save power -> integrated
    • When powerfull graphics is required (ex: iMovie running) -> discrete
    • External monitor -> discrete


    And then, when we use the old gfxcardstatus, we are able to garantee that the system will only use the integrated mode, so when we plug the external monitor, nothing happens, because in order to use that, the systems needs to use the "discrete mode".


    I've already tried to use the "discrete only" mode, but the kernel panics occurs all the time, more frequently because the exclusive use of the deffective NVidia card.

  • joe pelline Level 1 (5 points)

    Ahhh thanks for the explanation, I get it now. So in order to use an external monitor you need to be using the nvidia (discrete) card, which is what's causing the gpu panics in the first place. bummer!

  • Oberdan Level 1 (0 points)

    joe pelline wrote:


    Ahhh thanks for the explanation, I get it now. So in order to use an external monitor you need to be using the nvidia (discrete) card, which is what's causing the gpu panics in the first place. bummer!


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