Is my graphics card dying?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by solinari6, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. solinari6 macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2008
    I've got a 3 year old Macbook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012) model, and it's had a few graphic glitches in the past, but right now, it's have a pretty nasty glitch:

    I haven't rebooted or anything yet to see if that will make it go away, because I'm not sure if I should really be concerned about this or not. Is this a bad sign of things to come?

    it kind of reminds of maybe of an issue I've seen before (maybe on macrumors even?), but I don't recall whatever happened with it.

    I don't have applecare, so am I screwed if this gets worse?

    If I take it in to the apple store to have them look at it, does it have to be displaying the glitch for them to know if the graphics card is bad? Or do they have ways to test it?
  2. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
  3. solinari6 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2008
    hmm ... so what's going on? Just a normal glitch? The screen has fallen asleep (gone black) and when I wake it back up, it's still there
  4. RootBeerMan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2016
    My iMac display did something similar to that a few years back, (thankfully, while still under Applecare). Turned out to be the mainboard. It also displayed some dark spots on the top of the screen. Got the board and screen replaced and it's been good to go ever since. I'd say your MB is displaying similar problems. Probably the mainboard (since the graphics are integrated.
  5. Samuelsan2001, Sep 7, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2016

    Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Of course they have a graphics card, it's integrated onto the main CPU die sure and it shares ram with the main system but it does have a graphics card.

    OP it looks like a graphics failure and on your machine that's a logic board replacement unless you can find a computer repair place that will test your board and replace and faulty parts, however a new processor is much the same as a new logic board by the time you've paid to have it soldered on.

    It could be a screen cable unseated or brokthat's something you might be able to look at yourself, head over to for guides on how to check that out.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    They don't :eek: :p

    Seriously, its on the die, and its quite possible that the iGPU (or as mentioned) the logic board has a defect.
  7. solinari6 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2008
    So I called up Apple support to talk to them about this, and ran into ANOTHER problem. Apparently the serial number on my macbook is bad. It isn't found anywhere in their system. So I have to bring it down to the apple store to get it "serialized" before they can help me at all, earliest appointment being next week. Bleh ...
  8. solinari6 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2008
    Well, I finally got the laptop to the apple store. They hooked it up to their machine and couldn't find anything wrong with it. It isn't part of any "known issues" thing, so it would just cost me $280 to get sent off and fixed. Bummer :(
  9. redshifted macrumors regular


    Oct 10, 2014
    This happened to me with my early 2011 17" MBP. My graphics card failed for the first time before the recall program began. I had to pay out-of-pocket for my first repair. After it became a known issue with a repair program, they also instituted a refund for folks like me that paid for the repairs. Apple may treat you the same way eventually - hopefully.
    Sorry to hear about your troubles. I know what it's like to have your machine fail in such a bizarre way.

    Keep your receipts ;).

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