Please Help (mbp Early 2008 Edition)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air, MacBook & MacBook Pro' started by cxareigne, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. cxareigne

    cxareigne Member

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    I was on my way to Europe when the screen suddenly died.. It does turn on and you could hear the chimes but the screen was just black. I didn't have time to have it check since I was on a vacation. When I got back a week ago, I went to Powermac to have it checked the technician said its probably an lcd problem.. and he told me that it would cost me 30-40k. I never heard of this NVIDIA issues that have plagued some of the Early 2008 MBP's. I bought mine in the states APRIL 2008. I wonder if the link that Salaryman Ryan applies here in the Philippines as well? and where should I bring my baby?...i'm missing him already.. please help :(
     
  2. miggytanya

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    Do you have APPLE CARE? If you do then you would have no problem. Just take it to any Apple Service Center. If you didn't purchase APP then your warranty has expired and the only thing you could do now is pay for the repair. Unless the problem is part of Apple's recall scheme.

    Apple sometimes replaces problematic components beyond the warranty period. A lot of people here in PhilMUG are well versed in Apple's Protection Plan. Correct me if I'm wrong guys...
     
  3. miyone

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    Is your graphics card an NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT? Check this: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2377. Apple is doing a recall of Early 2008 defective MBPs. If you fall under this category (upon inspection), i think it's possible to have your mbp repaired even w/o Apple Care.
     
  4. cxareigne

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    Where do i take it to have it check?
    I dont have apple care and the warranty has expired...

    thanks for the reply.
     
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    If I'm not mistaken, you can take it to any authorized Apple Repair center, like Digital Hub, or PowerMac.
     
  6. miggytanya

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    I think your MacBook Pro stands a good chance it was part of the bunch of faulty nvidia chipsets. You should be able to get it repaired for free. Go to any Apple repair center and have your unit evaluated. Don't forget to tell them about the recall Apple made on those nvidia chipsets.
     
  7. whipper25

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    I have an early 2008 MBP as well, including the faulty NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT. I bought the unit in March 2008 and the video card finally went beserk last month.

    The unit would boot up, but with vertical lines spanning across the display. Still at the apple logo, an error message telling me to restart popped up. I restart and the same thing happens.

    Took it to the A.Shop to have them look at it. Told them to check the video card and that Apple had extended the warranty for that part to 3 years. It took them a quick 11 days and I didn't have to pay a cent because it was indeed the video card.

    Kudos to The A.Shop. Great customer service!
     
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    Oh no, just checked mine, I think I'm part of the group with defective video card. But I haven't experienced this problem yet, good thing I have APP until 2010. Any suggestion guys?? Should I ask Apple to replace my monitor even though it's working perfectly fine?? or wait for that time that it would die on me??
     
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    @cxareigne
    Since you've already brought your MBP to Powermac... I'd suggest to bring it to the other Apple Dealers for repair/warranty purposes...Just take your pick on what the others have suggested...

    Oh and as far as Apple Products...any recall is entertained in any country no matter where it was originally bought... as long as it has an Apple Dealer/Seller or whatnot...

    @edpinedajr
    I'd say bring it in since Apple has already made "An Official Recall"

    I think Apple would replace the logic board or the video chip and not the monitor though...
     
  10. edpinedajr

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    Oh really, let me check with my apple dealer also. Thanks RC for the heads up!
     
  11. cxareigne

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    thanks for the responses... im going to bring tomorrow.. keeping my fingers cross for the free repair :D
     
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    Please keep us updated what was the result of your visit to the repair shop!
     
  13. kalbs

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    ASP do have a software to verify your problem. If the software will generate a "validation code" that is needed to claim the warranty for the LOGIC BOARD, then you are covered by the RECALL.
     

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