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Old Apr 13, 2013, 10:42 AM   #1
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2011 MBP - GPU dying?

I have a 2011 MBP, 2.2 GHz, 8 GB, AMD 6750M, 512GB SSD that I installed myself. No AppleCare. Recently, I have had these weird glitches showing up shortly after I connect an external screen:
What makes me think that this is a GPU related issue is that it can be forced without any screen attached if I untick the automatic graphics option in OS X:
If I leave it on, it works for a while and then glitches, but there have been times where the screen just goes black or some blueish pattern, after which I'm forced to shut it down and restart.
It's less noticable on Windows though, but still annoying since I primarily use OS X. I have tried resetting the SMC and PRAM and I recently reinstalled OS X.
This is not acceptible for a two year old laptop that I paid a lot for, as a student I don't want to pay for expensive logic board replacements. I will call the Apple Support on Monday. Any advice?

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Old Apr 13, 2013, 10:49 AM   #2
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Old Apr 13, 2013, 06:12 PM   #4
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This may not help much.....

but, I have the same year & model, (no SSD) and this notebook has been the most unreliable, broke/fixed/broke/fixed/broke, again under Applecare.

My 2.2ghz/MBP was the biggest, most expensive mistake, piece of crap that rivals that Performa 630 I bought in '94.

It crapped out again, today. I have a year left on the warranty & nobody is home, support wise. (I have so many hours wrapped up, that it's only worth is a trip to the genius bar or as a paper weight.

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Old Jan 17, 2014, 12:12 PM   #5
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Similar experience - 2011 MBP

My story is very similar, however it started intiially wit he 2010 MBP. That machine was a rough experience with the video crashes. The 2011 I have now was a replacement for that unit (after may trips, calls, and a couple of selective emails to Apple). They finally replaced the 2010 with the 2011 2.2MBP.. It has been amazing up until this last year (after apple care expired). I am getting crashes with external display, and it appears to be something that I cannot recreate at will to demo. I'd love to be able to create it at will so I can show the geniuses what's going on. I have run the HW test and when it doesnt crash hard, it passes.
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Old Jan 17, 2014, 09:16 PM   #7
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The infamous 2011 MBP GPU failure strikes again.

I've got an early-2011 15" (2.3GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 1GB Radeon 6750M and 512GB Samsung 840 Pro, matte screen), and so far it hasn't broken down on me since I bought it in March 2011, besides a battery replacement.

But talking about the GPU, touch wood. Mine is still operating fine and I guess I'm one of the lucky ones with the thermal paste applied properly.
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