Is my graphics card on its deathbed?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by smartalic34, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

    smartalic34

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    I have a 2006 MacBook Pro, with an ATI X1600 (128MB VRAM), and today I had an ASIC Hang:


    I did a bit of research and found out that an ASIC Hang is GPU related, but I couldn't find specific enough information... does it mean my GPU is dying? Or just that it couldn't handle something? I was watching a 5 minute video clip full-screen and called up Dashboard when the freeze happened...
     
  2. Animalk macrumors 6502

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    Not necessarily.

    I would forward the error to Apple with a description of the event and see what their engineers come back with.

    It takes several weeks to get a response but once you have their attention they will debug it with you and see what's wrong.

    I've done it before concerning an issue with AirPort.
     
  3. smartalic34 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What have you found to be the most successful avenue for contacting Apple? Email? If so, what address?
     
  4. smartalic34 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, I sent them a report. We'll see if they get back to me :)

    In the interim, has anyone had an ASIC Hang?

    Also, the past few days, artifacts such as the one that conveniently appeared while writing this (screenshot attached), have been appearing, mostly while using Safari. Is this further evidence of a dying GPU?
     

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