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Archive for August 13th, 2014

by Tom Nelson

There have been ongoing discussions in various Mac forums about early 2011 models of 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros with AMD GPUs starting to experience strange visual problems, usually resulting in a series of black bars seen across the display, or the display taking on an unusual tint. In some cases, the MacBook Pros became prone to crashing as well.

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Image courtesy of Apple

Some owners report that selecting the built-in Intel HD Graphics 3000 as the only graphics source to use corrects the problem, but with slower graphics capabilities.

According to AppleInsider, Apple isn’t currently offering any type of replacement or repair program, although it’s asking all of its service partners to collect information on the severity of the issue.

Although it appears that the AMD graphics chips may be the root cause of the problem, the repair usually involves replacing the main logic board, which has the graphics chip soldered in place. While this fixes the issue at the owner’s cost, the new logic board may have the same AMD graphics chip that is exhibiting early failures that led to the problem in the first place.

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