2010 17" MacBook Pro not booting up / dead screen

Leeboy

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HI everyone, I'm trying to fix moms macbook Pro A1297 2010 model . Was working fine and then one day it wouldn't turn on. I've tried the basics that I could do so far , here's what I've done and found out .

1. With the charger in ( glowing green) I push the power button and I can hear/ feel things spinning . The light on the front right facing panel glows white . And every so often fades out and back on .
2. I Removed one of the rams ( and the other ) and tried each one in the other slot . When I turned it on with no ram in it I got the beeping alarm going on and off.
3. If I hold the power button down til I hear/ feel it shut down , then hold "shift, control, option and the power button together , I get the green light on the " caps lock " button light up .
4 . If I unplug the charger , hold the power button for 10 seconds , keep,holding the power button and plug the charger back in , release and push power the fans kick in at Mach 1 speed like a jet taking off , run for 20-30 seconds then shut down, then turn on and run then turn off..

5. Tried the SMC reset and PRAM reset and still nothing .

Anything else I can try or does anyone have a idea
 

yjchua95

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HI everyone, I'm trying to fix moms macbook Pro A1297 2010 model . Was working fine and then one day it wouldn't turn on. I've tried the basics that I could do so far , here's what I've done and found out .

1. With the charger in ( glowing green) I push the power button and I can hear/ feel things spinning . The light on the front right facing panel glows white . And every so often fades out and back on .
2. I Removed one of the rams ( and the other ) and tried each one in the other slot . When I turned it on with no ram in it I got the beeping alarm going on and off.
3. If I hold the power button down til I hear/ feel it shut down , then hold "shift, control, option and the power button together , I get the green light on the " caps lock " button light up .
4 . If I unplug the charger , hold the power button for 10 seconds , keep,holding the power button and plug the charger back in , release and push power the fans kick in at Mach 1 speed like a jet taking off , run for 20-30 seconds then shut down, then turn on and run then turn off..

5. Tried the SMC reset and PRAM reset and still nothing .

Anything else I can try or does anyone have a idea
You got bummed by NVIDIAgate - the GT 330M failure infamous among the 2010 models.
 

Leeboy

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Maybe I could find a ebay logic board ? How do I find what the exact part number on my board is ?
 

MH01

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Maybe I could find a ebay logic board ? How do I find what the exact part number on my board is ?
You may find that buying a used laptop with the said logic board is cheaper. The hassle may not be worth it.
 

Leeboy

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Are any of those home remedy fixes known to work? Like the logic board in the oven ? Or wrapping it in a blanket for 2 hours and over heating it ? What part usually goes on these , resistor? Fuse ? Etc? Its just used for surfing the net and stuff, not buisness or anything so if it took a month to figure it out that's fine .
 

Leeboy

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Where would I find the serial/ model number of my logic board so I can hunt for a used one . I can rebuild a iphone , so I'm not afraid to swap a logic board . Thanks everyone
 

austinpike

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Are any of those home remedy fixes known to work? Like the logic board in the oven ? Or wrapping it in a blanket for 2 hours and over heating it...
The "logic board in the oven" apparently works for some people; obviously there is no way to guarantee that it will or won't work for you. If you have exhausted other resources and have the time, what have you got to lose? The blanket thing sounds like you would have less control, and that assumes the laptop actually stays powered up long enough to cook itself (sounds like yours keeps shutting off?)

Otherwise sending it off to a more professional reflow service place (check eBay) might be cheaper(?) than buying a replacement logic board.
 

widestload

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I think Apple had a formal scheme in pace to cover the 2010 models. I think its finished now, but it might be worth a quick call to Apple first before going down the DIY route?
 

Leeboy

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I saw the repair plans in the 2010 , it was covering the 15" model , where ours is a 17". I did call em with no luck , I even asked for a higher manager and she advised me to look on ebay or one of the used places that sell logic boards .
 

yjchua95

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I saw the repair plans in the 2010 , it was covering the 15" model , where ours is a 17". I did call em with no luck , I even asked for a higher manager and she advised me to look on ebay or one of the used places that sell logic boards .
15" and 17" models share the GPU, so the program applies.

That said, the program no longer exists. Your best bet is to actually just sell it for parts. I'd recommend you to upgrade to a baseline 15" rMBP.
 

Leeboy

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When I did call apple, the senior adviser said if there was a problem with our year of macbook, we would have got a letter kind of like a "recall" since we didn't get a letter ours didn't apply to the warranty fix
 

ron1004

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This happened with me with my 17" 2011 MBP - quick turn-around and still going strong.

Go to your nearest Genius Bar and they'll send it off for a flat rate repair of $310



20-Sep-14
(502) 326-2840
Genius Bar Work Authorization

Repair Estimate
Item Number Description Price Amount Due
S1987LL/A Labor Charge, PBG4/MBP17" $ 100.00
S1988LL/A Flat Rate Repair Charge, PBG4/MBP17" $ 210.00
Total (Tax not included) $ 310.00
I just cant imagine losing my 17"
 
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Leeboy

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Hmmmmm, interesting . I'm in Canada , and the nearest genius bar is approx 4 hours away . Wonder if I could use your repair tag as ammo ?
 

ron1004

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When I did call apple, the senior adviser said if there was a problem with our year of macbook, we would have got a letter kind of like a "recall" since we didn't get a letter ours didn't apply to the warranty fix
http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/28/macbook-pro-2011-graphics-lawsuit/

My 2011 is known to have this problem, but have not seen issues with the 2010 - my wife has the 2010 and it's been trouble free.

I showed Apple a printout of the above link and they still claimed that there was no generic problem.

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Hmmmmm, interesting . I'm in Canada , and the nearest genius bar is approx 4 hours away . Wonder if I could use your repair tag as ammo ?
I heard that this is only available in the US - you could get someone in the US to send it in for you.
 

austinpike

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....but have not seen issues with the 2010 - my wife has the 2010 and it's been trouble free.
my understanding is that there are 3 generations of "video-card gate"

2007-era nVidia 8600m - extended repair program for numerous models.
2010-era nVidia 330m - not as widespread; repair program only for 15"
2011-era Radeon - still not acknowledged by Apple.
 

joepunk

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This happened with me with my 17" 2011 MBP - quick turn-around and still going strong.

Go to your nearest Genius Bar and they'll send it off for a flat rate repair of $310...
300 :eek:

tough choice for me and my panicking gpu 2010 15"

I don't know if I would pay for a fix or hope to find a newer mbp for $1,000 something
 

Leeboy

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This happened with me with my 17" 2011 MBP - quick turn-around and still going strong.

Go to your nearest Genius Bar and they'll send it off for a flat rate repair of $310





I just cant imagine losing my 17"
So was it a logic board re and re ? Or did they just fix your existing one ? I can't seam to find a serial number or model number on my logic board