early 2008 macbook pro garbled screen.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air, MacBook & MacBook Pro' started by lafaustina, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. lafaustina

    lafaustina New Member

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    I need help... advise.. whichever works.

    My macbook pro's screen garbled and I nearly had a heart attack. I had to reboot my mac several times before it went back to normal. I immediately researched on the problem and found out that my graphics processor might be defective.*

    I took it to the Powermac Service Center in San Juan only to have them tell me that they ran a diagnosis after 2 days and that everything was fine. Since my mac is out of warranty, I had to pay the service fee.

    Tonight, my mac's screen started garbling again, which prompted me to reboot twice before it went back to normal. Now I'll have to take my unit back to the service center. And did I mention it's prelims week and made a fabulous slideshow on Leonard Bernstein which I have to present on Saturday? :mad:

    Here is the picture and the link mentioned above.

    *http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2377
     
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  2. Salaryman Ryan

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    Yeah your right. It seems that your beloved Macbook Pro is exhibiting early signs of the the 8600M Nvidia graphics chip problem. I"m pretty sure according to Apple they are covered for replacement even without extended AppleCare. Why won't you try other service providers? Perhaps they can help you better then PowerMac? (did you take it back to PowerMac?)
     
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    i agree, take it to digital hub in greenhills. they might be more accommodating
     
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    Thanks you two. I actually took it to Powermac San Juan first. They gave it back 3 days later and told me it was fine. Then it started conking out the night after I got it back. So I took it to Digital Hub at Greenhills where it's still under observation.

    They both said the same thing: the video card's fine. It might be the logic board. I'm getting more and more frustrated. And it's not helping that the parents are breathing down my neck about it. I love them, don't get me wrong. But should the warranty not cover it, I'll most likely be switching to Windows 7.

    Very. Very. Sad.
     
  5. PatrickGaerlan

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    Looks like it's a hardware issue. Warranty WILL cover it. The service center just needs to make sure which part is causing the problem. Shouldn't take more than a couple of days to diagnose, then a few days more to get the part (if it isn't already available locally).
     
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    Wonderful news!

    Just got off the phone and the marvelous technicians at Digital Hub found a glitch with the video card. So disappointed with Powermac.

    @ PatrickGaerlan: The extended warranty will cover it. Thanks!

    :D


    I'll have to wait a week or two, but it's just such a relief to know I won't have to pay through the nose to get it fixed. ;)
     
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  7. mark_17

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    with regards to your problem, nvidia is really to blame for their defective gpu... not only apple were affected but other laptop manufacturers as well. the repair/replacement will still be the faulty nvidia gpu, its just a matter of time until it breaks down again. so my recommendation is after apple repairs your macbook pro, better sell it off and upgrade to a new mac.
     
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    There goes the RFS. :mad:
     
  9. lafaustina

    lafaustina New Member

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    RFS? :) What do you mean?
     
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    RFS=Reason for Selling
     
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    Oh. Well I'll consider it. :) Thanks all!
     

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