07 MBP Black Screen

lgwells1

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I press the power button, and I get a black screen and some HDD noise. The keyboard never lights up, I never hear the boot up chime. Eventually it is just a fan running and the sleep light on. Things I have tried.

Reset PRAM
Reset the SMC
Safe Mode Boot
Tried different RAM.


Any ideas? It does have the NVidia 8600M graphics card. Any chance it could still be under that recall thing they had going on awhile back?
 

thundersteele

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I press the power button, and I get a black screen and some HDD noise. The keyboard never lights up, I never hear the boot up chime. Eventually it is just a fan running and the sleep light on. Things I have tried.

Reset PRAM
Reset the SMC
Safe Mode Boot
Tried different RAM.


Any ideas? It does have the NVidia 8600M graphics card. Any chance it could still be under that recall thing they had going on awhile back?
The website says 4 years. Bring it in ASAP, but you might be outside the free repair window. If not, you might still get a offer for a repair that is reasonably priced. I was offered a $330 "we repair it until it runs again" flat rate, on the grounds that I hadn't had any previous warranty issues with the MBP.
 

lgwells1

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I am taking it in to a AASP tomorrow morning. The nearest Apple Retail store is over 2 hours away.
 

thundersteele

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2 hours trip is worth it if you really want to have logic board replacement at no extra cost.
The AASP should also do it for free (or, apple will pay them). The problem is that sometimes it's hard to diagnose what exactly is broken. If they can't verify that the GPU is the problem, they can't offer a free repair. There, an apple store is more flexible...
 

lgwells1

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you might want to look into this

http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/9045/MBP+A1226+Logic+Board+last+resort+fix+for+nVidia+video+chip

to see if maybe you can try one of these "fixes" to get it at least chiming/booting again before you go to the AASP.
Thanks, not like there that much to lose.

The AASP should also do it for free (or, apple will pay them). The problem is that sometimes it's hard to diagnose what exactly is broken. If they can't verify that the GPU is the problem, they can't offer a free repair. There, an apple store is more flexible...
That is what I am worried about, is that they will deny free service. Then I might go to St. Louis.
 

thundersteele

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That is what I am worried about, is that they will deny free service. Then I might go to St. Louis.
Even the apple store might deny free service. The only thing they do is to plug in their diagnosis tool. In my case, it didn't show much since the mac didn't turn on for more than 1 second.

I agreed to have it repaired for $330 (at that time I didn't think it was the GPU, since I never had display issues), and when I came to pick it up they told me it was the GPU and the repair was free.
 

AnonMac50

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When I was in Australia, I went to the AASP in Wollongong a few times for different issues (including this one), but not liking their results, I made a Genius Bar appointment for the Sydney store, and went there. The results were greatly different.

If you don't like the the result the AASP gives you, see if you can take it to an Apple Store.

AnonMac50
 
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