2011 MBP GPU failure, defective replacement part

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macTW, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. macTW Suspended

    Oct 17, 2016
    Hi all,

    I've got an Early-2011 15" MBP and fell victim to the GPU failure recently. I got the logic board replaced, for free with Apple's program covering it, but now I'm experiencing a multitude of new issues I've never experienced before. Here's a list:

    -distorted portion of boot-up screen after turned on
    -random wifi loss
    -often up to 5 minutes (or just freezes) loading before typing in password after asleep
    -various windows (Word, Safari, Messenger) leaving white footprint after closing
    -extreme heat from back-left of keyboard/bottom when coding (never had that before)
    -clicking on an open Word document while in Safari, computer doesn't change programs (so I can't type, etc.) until I click on border of document or use command-tab
    -also, cosmetic damage (screen scratched) through repair

    I have after-market RAM and an SSD, but I don't know enough about computers to know if these issues (minus the scratch) could be caused by improperly-installed RAM by the third-party Apple has do the fix, or if it's a defective replaced part. I have a Genius bar appointment Saturday to request a re-repair, unless I can figure it out by then.
  2. Patron_Saint Suspended

    Jun 10, 2016
    Have them fix it again, then sell it and buy a model that's not plagued by GPU issues.
  3. PyBeck, Nov 22, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2016

    PyBeck macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2016
    Had the same issue.

    The headphone jack was broken after the initial repair, so i immediately returned it again.

    Got the message to pick it up the next day, immediately followed by a "Please call us urgently.". Then they told me, the replacements replacement is broken too and they need to keep it another day. When i picked it up, they told me, that the top cover, keyboard and trackpad was changed too, but they couldn't give me an explanation.

    Then i had sudden reboots which i couldn't explain. At first i suspected Software so i removed every kernel driver but to no avail. Funny thing was, that there wasn't a single reboot when in Bootcamp.

    Few months later i used the Hardware Test and in roughly 30% of all extended tests, it reported broken memory modules. As i'm running with custom modules, i ordered a replacement, but that didn't fix the issue, so i returned it again (roughly 5 months after the initial repair).

    They kept it and replaced the logic board again for free.

    Now i'm running on logic board #5 and it's fine again.

    On one of the pickups, the genius told me, that the replacement parts are that old, and have serious quality issues.

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