2010 15" MBP Lion - Black screen of death

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Blue Sun, Aug 22, 2011.


Does your 2010 15" MBP experience kernel panics, or go black on you?

Poll closed Sep 5, 2011.
  1. Yes, I am experiencing these issues.

    6 vote(s)
  2. No, Lion is running well.

    6 vote(s)
  1. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2009
    So, theres a massive thread over on the Apple boards, with 800+ replies.

    People are complaining that their 2010 15" MBP either experience kernel panics, or the screen goes black on them.

    So, who here is experiencing this issue? Is it as widespread as it seems?
  2. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007

    My 2010 15" had 18 days uptime until I restarted it for 10.7.1.

    So actually that makes it perfect uptime since a few days after 10.7 was released.

    Fresh install on a new SSD (no upgrades from SL)
  3. Nielsenius macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2011
    Your lack of restarts would explain your lack of issues (issue, rather). All 2010 MacBook Pros with the nVidia 330M 512MB graphics card (all Core i5s and Core i7s) experience a kernel panic at the login screen if you don't log in within about 15-20 seconds. The issue is a pain in the ass. The only way around it is to disable automatic graphics switching.
  4. HandySam macrumors member

    May 9, 2011
    No problems here. 17 inch MacBook Pro 2010.

    I have clean installed Lion and I haven't yet experienced a single issue due to stability of the machine (only some minor animation glitches)

    I rebooted and waited for more than a minute at the login screen without any kernel panic or whatsoever. Lion runs fine.

    So I wouldn't say everyone is affected.
  5. stefan1975, Aug 22, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2011

    stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    i have the 2.4 i5 15" 2010 MBP and it was freezing the frack out of me. I have it under control now by using gfxcardstatus and set it to intel only.

    installing nvidia cuda drivers also seems to help, but i have no idea why so i didn't try.

    it's the nvidia drivers that are corrupt and i was hoping for a 10.7.1 fix since 10.7.2 will probably take quite a while longer.

    booting of battery seems to help since it appears to use the intel IGP then, i have no clue whatsoever why it uses the nvidia 330m when booting plugged in.

    i went through one upgrade, a memory swap, SSD replacement, two clean installs and *lots* of hours of fruitless troubleshooting before i figured out it's just lion that is crippling my mbp.

  6. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007
    Well that explains why I'm not having issues.

    Mine is disabled as I'm using gfx status to manually set my GPU!
  7. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    well it shouldn't completely circumvent this problem since on the power cord the mbp2010 boots off the nvidia 330m and only witch to intel gip after logging in and loading gfx c.s. On battery it seems to boot off IGP. the nv can kernel panic at any time it seems, at login or after logging in when kicking in if the mbp is set on dynamic.
  8. kockgunner macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    I was experiencing the problem since 10.6.8 sporadically, but with Lion, it's unusable unless I stick with the Intel chip. Hopefully it's not a hardware problem because I didn't buy Applecare.

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