Is my 8600M GT dying?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fatlittlenick, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. fatlittlenick macrumors newbie

    fatlittlenick

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    I've had my early '08 15" Macbook Pro for nearly 2 years now, and so far the graphics card has been good to me, seeing as I've read the articles it's problems.

    Anyways, recently, when i open photoshop, I get these strange purple and black glitchy blocks around the sides on the canvas area (see attached photo below)

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    They started out being smaller black glitches, but it seems to be getting more spread out, but if i use the grab tool and move the canvas around, It erases them.

    Should I be concerned? Should I go over to the apple store and ask for a replacement (I know the graphics card has a 3 year warranty) or seeing as tho it's not a huge annoyance, should i wait a while?
    Thanks in advance!

    -N
     
  2. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    Yup, thats the card going out. I'd take it in as soon as you get a chance. A lot of them will eventually quit displaying anything at all.
     
  3. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Yep. Those series are known to have problems and Apple should replace it for free.
     
  4. creative78 macrumors regular

    creative78

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    I agree with the others, get it looked at ASAP before it totally fails. You might want to print a copy of http://support.apple.com/kb/ts2377 and take it with you to the Apple store.
     
  5. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    If you can reproduce the issue every time even after restarts, then I'd take it in. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry. I have the same MBP and I had graphics issues before with older versions of Leopard but software updates seemed to fix them.
     
  6. aerove macrumors 6502

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    yep tough luck..! pick ur laptop up and run as fast as u can to a apple store.. no i am serious.. dont hold off on it till something else goes wrong with it...
     
  7. fatlittlenick thread starter macrumors newbie

    fatlittlenick

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    Tough luck indeed.
    Thanks guys for all the feedback, I'm going in on Monday to see what they can do, and it's funny because I only found out about this buggy 8600 news in January this year, so i was furious! Also, when i bought this brand new, a month later the unibody MBPs came out, which was such BS (then again, I did next to no research on buying, so i guess it's my fault in that respect)

    cheers :)
     
  8. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    That is in fact the graphics card "dying" or "going out." You should take it in to the Apple store for a genius bar appt. as soon as possible!
     

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