2011 MBP: Thunderbolt connector going bad?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BJB Productions, May 15, 2011.

  1. BJB Productions macrumors 65816

    BJB Productions

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    Hi all,
    Starting today, my secondary monitor will randomly go black then come back. If I wiggle the mini to VGA connector, it will go black randomly as well. To make sure it was not my adapter, I plugged it into a Macbook and it worked fine. I tried moving it but it never went black. I don't want to get this repaired, but this sounds like a possibly bad Thunderbolt port, am I correct? :mad:
     
  2. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020

    xxBURT0Nxx

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    If your port is bad apple will fix it for free..

    Why don't you want it repaired?
     
  3. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

    BJB Productions

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    I'd love to get it repaired, however it's just a pain because they generally take (at least at my Apple store) two weeks to repair it, and I need my computer for work... So I'll have to live with it for now... but that is good that they will repair it. I need to get Apple care before 90 days is up on this.
     
  4. TenderBranson macrumors member

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    make sure you don't have gfxstatus enabled on "integrated only"
     
  5. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020

    xxBURT0Nxx

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    you have 1 year of Apple Care and you can extend it at any time during that 1 year.

    The 90 days is only for live phone support.
     
  6. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    I assume you are plugging the mini into the TB port?

    Could it just be a mechanical incompatibility between the mini connector and the TB port and not necessarily the TB port?

    Is there a TB->VGA adapter out? I would try one if there is one.

    Or are the two connectors actually the same?

    .
     
  7. Macloven macrumors regular

    Macloven

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    I had a similar timing issue when I purchased my mbpro, and learned that there is a higher level repair service that guaranteed one day turn-around. Don't remember the name..maybe Apple Plus or something like that. Anyways, motherboard was bad and I had a huge work project....so I begged with the service guy which is when he mentioned this other service. It was maybe $99 and good for a year. 24 hour turnaround was fine, but it was even better. Dropped the computer off around dinner time and they called me back before I got home (20 minute drive) to tell me it was done. Maybe the exception but the best most productive $99 I've ever spent.

    Mark
     
  8. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020

    xxBURT0Nxx

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    TB uses the same connector as mini DP, there are not additional connectors...
     

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