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01-17-2014, 02:34 AM #1
2011 MacBook Pro Owners Report GPU Failures and System Crashes
It appears a number of early-2011 MacBook Pro models that have discrete AMD GPUs are experiencing issues involving system crashes and hardware failures, with reports of problems escalating in recent weeks. According to a 157-page thread on the Apple Support Communities forum, an increasing number of owners of early- to late-2011 MacBook Pros with discrete graphics cards are seeing what is being reported as hardware-related system crashes. Furthermore, the problem appears to be getting worse.
The forum thread which dates back to February 2013 has a steady stream of posts all citing issues with the discrete graphics card. There appear to be a growing number of posts to the discussion as well. A majority of cases first see signs of the problem during graphics-intensive operations such as viewing high-definition videos or running heavy computing tasks. Displayed graphics become striated in some cases, while other uses have seen their screens go blank unexpectedly. Some users mentioned a reboot temporarily resolves the issue but the problems almost always return after a short period of time.
Following the onset of graphical glitches, many users see their machine reboot to a blue or gray screen. For this type of issue, the Cupertino California company suggests that restarting an affected Mac in Safe Mode or resetting NVRAM/PRAM will solve the problem. IN severe cases, a clean install of OS X is recommended. As noted by forum posts, these methods and more were attempted but didn’t resolve the issue.
The cause of the reported glitches is unknown at this time, though some users have speculated that heat is to blame for aggressive degradation of the discrete GPU. Some users were able to find a solution in inhibiting automatic graphics switching to the more powerful AMD card through specialized software. Other users however didn’t see success with the stopgap and were forced to replace their MacBook’s logic board. There have been some owners who were able to take their machine in to Apple for a logic board swap, the operation is quite pricey without an extended AppleCare warranty.
The cause of the reported glitches is unknown at this time. We’ll have to see if Apple responds to the issue and how they end up handling it.
Source: Apple (Discussions) (Support)
01-17-2014, 02:45 AM #2
Never owned a Mac. Never will own a Mac. My 4 year old toshiba works great. The fact it was 500 bucks still makes me smile.
01-17-2014, 05:45 AM #3
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01-17-2014, 06:20 AM #4
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01-17-2014, 06:38 AM #5
Ha! Like any other hardware offering its a choice. Hardware fails..its supposed to. As a consumer we try to purchase the hardware with the best value for out dollar. Happy shopping :]
01-17-2014, 07:54 AM #6
New? Used? Ebay?
sorry but Apple controls the selling price never saw a I7 new for $600 USD
Besides how many times do I read "I will never own a PC"?
If other companies were allowed to market a non Apple laptop with OSX then OSX may be adopted more but it was killed by Apple and windows is almost free.
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01-17-2014, 07:57 AM #7
Wow nice to finally see this one out in the wild.
I actually am an early 2011 mac book pro right now. I had that exact problem a few months back.
I should mention first that i use my macbook for development which requires a lot of CPU/GPU.
A few month back my mac started freezing with screens looking like the one you posted.
After a lot of testing and investigation i realised it was my discret GPU which was guilty. The mac was freezing when an app was using that GPU (and not the motherboard one!)
Sadly that GPU is used by almost any recent app today (like dropbox!) so i was kind of screwed.
The first thing i did was go to a retailer and ask for a repair. At first they didn't want to believe me, but after coming back a few time they accepted to change my motherboard.
At first it looked good but it started again after a week.
Then i first decided to find a temporarily find a solution while waiting for the new macbook pro. And i found it!
gfxCardStatus by cody krieger
GfxCardStatus saved my life as i was able to work normally on my mac. One thing to be careful, you have be very quick at enabling GfxCardStatus on startup, before any app starts using the discrete GPU.
But after a while that was not enough so i decided to ask again for a new card (and i was near the end of my apple care account).
So i went back and asked for a new motherboard (yes it's handled by apple care).
After 2 more motherboards i am now with a macbook pro working great again (which doesn't mean it won't happen again in a few months).
So the conclusion for me:
- related to the discrete GPU
- seems like a fault on a batch of motherboards as i had to change it 3 times again
- if you are under apple care go change your motherboard right away! You might end up with a
- why did it took 2 years to appear on the 1st motherboard and 1 week on the two next ones?
- gfxCardStatus is a life saver!
01-17-2014, 08:28 AM #8
How about this. I will never own a windows machine. Or "pc". I have owned apple computers for over 20 years now. Up until 2-3 years ago. I had never owned or even opened a brand new Mac. My macs have always lasted 10+ years. Not saying computers don't have problems. Cause hard drives fail , etc...... You can get a Mac cheap. You are going to buy used tho. The plus side is, most macs are good machines Back 15 years ago, every Mac was a good machine. And if it wasn't. Apple was happy to fix it.
I have seen a few of you jump in these threads happy to knock apple in Any way you can. You probably need to reevaluate why you are a member at this website.
Might I add. The apple store is always busy. Always. All this negative talk about them. Makes anyone talking negative, look like a hater. Like me going to a droid site. Or a windows site and knocking Microsoft or Samsung.
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01-17-2014, 08:43 AM #9
We'll your going to love me Ye
Ordered one Mac Pro costing £4,099
And 3 thunder bolts to boot Ye at £899 each
Got a temp lap top acer s7 391 white
If I open iTunes then the browser it all crashes
I'll be selling this soon
01-17-2014, 09:39 AM #10
Personally I feel OSX and Win 7 are equals in stability( the crap about viruses is way overdone I have had few since windows 3 and the only ones I did get was from searching sites that were attacked)
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01-17-2014, 11:16 AM #11
01-17-2014, 11:19 AM #12
*gasp* oh no, never a Mac failing. That's unheard of.No confundas mi personalidad con mi actitud. Mi personalidad es quien soy yo, mi actitud depende de quien seas tú.
01-17-2014, 11:51 AM #13
Feanor64... Im sure you've never owned a BMW either. And probably see no reason to ever own one. That doesn't mean that BMW's aren't a fine piece of machinery and well worth the price. If you can afford one.
On the other hand Apple computers are just that. And even they can suffer from hardware problems..
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01-17-2014, 12:00 PM #14
I respect your opinion , and in perspective , no machine built today is free from design, performance or build flaws Just part of it.
I am glad to meet someone with an open mind about it tho. No doubt
01-17-2014, 01:11 PM #15
Hi I work for a company by the name of flextronics and we fix apple portables and the models you talk about are the M91 (15in) and M92 (17in) this is a know issue that the graphical errors are cause by the clamshell and logic board the original boards and LCD that is in these units eventually wear down and need to be replaced to completely correct the issues and it will go out again. They just are bad graphical card placement on the boards.
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01-17-2014, 02:14 PM #18
I had to replace my logic board for my early 2008 MacBook Pro because of this situation (described here.) Subsequently, I revert back to Snow Leopard 10.6.8. PS: I never had any problem until I installed Mavericks!!!
01-17-2014, 02:30 PM #19
Everyone. No doubt about that. But if you have never owned one, then don't knock them. That's all I'm saying I don't knock droid or other Microsoft based machines. I know their are some good ones. But you are going to pay top dollar for those. I promise that. Same top dollar you will
Pay on a Mac. Apple
Just doesn't make cheap
Stuff. Neither does Mercedes Benz Lol.
Same argument about pioneer TVs. They are all
Kinds of expensive But they are good TVs. Samsung makes a dang good one for a fraction of the cost. Pioneer is just not practical for everyone tho
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01-17-2014, 04:32 PM #20
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