2011 Macbook Pro 17 dead screen?

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  1. DangerousDave2k macrumors member

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    My 2011 Macbook Pro 17 has hit a rather stark functionality problem in that the screen will not turn on any more (is just black). I can still hear the chime when I press the power button, but I'm struggling to ascertain whether the rest of the computer is still functioning and it is just a screen issue. I plugged a mini display port->HDMI adaptor into the thunderbolt port and hooked it up to my computer monitor, but so far nothing. The fans are spinning and I get the chime, but that's about it.

    Is there any way to check if it's just the screen that has died?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. ZapNZs macrumors 68000

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    Does it turn on, chime, and then go to either a white or black screen, then the computer gets hot as crud, and the fans ramp up to full power?
     
  3. DangerousDave2k thread starter macrumors member

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  4. ZapNZs macrumors 68000

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    So it just goes black, but does not heat up and the fans do not spin up to max, correct? I ask this because of the 2011 MacBook Pro's history of GPU failure, and a blank white (and sometimes black) screen, huge amounts of heat, and very high fan speeds are symptoms of the failure.

    Have you tried resetting the PRAM & SMC?
    Are you near an Apple Store or Apple Repair Provider?
     
  5. DangerousDave2k thread starter macrumors member

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    I wouldn't say it goes black - it's always black. If you have in mind a sort of crash error where the Macbook is in use then the screen goes black and the fans spin up, that's not what's happening here. I'm talking about when I just turn the macbook on, the screen never comes on, but I hear the chime, and the fans come on (at low speed).

    I suppose I could boil the question down to this: Should I be seeing some sort of image outputted from the Thunderbolt port on my external monitor if it's just a dead screen? Is there some special key combination I have to press to get it to output via the Thunderbolt port?
     
  6. sheffieldmacrepairs macrumors newbie

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    most common fault is that your gpu has failed or back light has failed power on and shine a tourch into the screen and see if you can see a picture if you cannot then failed gpu if you can then failed back light
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    As others have mentioned, the 2011 15" and 17" models have a history of GPU failure.

    This was known as "Radeongate", and until last December, Apple would often offer a free motherboard replacement.

    Unfortunately, that replacement program has ended.

    You might consider taking it to the nearest brick-n-mortar Apple Store, and let them evaluate it. One never knows, they -might- be able to get you fixed up "for free" (not likely, but worth a try -- don't delay this).

    Other than that, you'd probably do best to start shopping for something new, or at least "newer"...
     

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