Is the 8600 of my MBP in its death throes?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macjunk(ie), Nov 17, 2009.

  1. macjunk(ie) macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    Hey guys....was chatting on skype when all of a sudden my MBP decided to go all artistic on me by painting the screen with colored stripes. I restarted my system only to be greeted with the colored stripes eventually came back to normal on the 2nd restart...

    Is this the sign??? the sign of the 8600's impending doom...

    P.S : the photo quality is not that was taken from my iphone 3g

    Attached Files:

  2. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2008
    I was going to suggest it might just be a loss cable, but since it "fixed" itself after a while, its most likely the graphics card. I'd get it to a Apple Store ASAP. Here's hoping the problem doesn't repeat itself till then.

    PS Its rather funny that you have this issue because I had the same problem with a used PS3. Happened when the system got hot (which many ps3 owners know is soon after its turned on). Looks almost exactly the same too.


  3. macjunk(ie) thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    hmmm...yeah...i will take it to an Apple store today....I am now also thinking that this could be because of the 10.6.2...since it never happened before....

    If it is of use to is the stacktrace :

    Interval Since Last Panic Report: 92700 sec
    Panics Since Last Report: 1
    Anonymous UUID: 5D5CE075-B58B-4C27-BE20-8D7459D3DFD8

    Wed Nov 18 03:52:25 2009
    panic(cpu 1 caller 0x2a7ac2): Kernel trap at 0x009d425e, type 14=page fault, registers:
    CR0: 0x8001003b, CR2: 0x000000c0, CR3: 0x203c5000, CR4: 0x00000660
    EAX: 0x5cc435c0, EBX: 0x09497004, ECX: 0x07f32020, EDX: 0x00000000
    CR2: 0x000000c0, EBP: 0x5cc435f8, ESI: 0x00000000, EDI: 0xffffffff
    EFL: 0x00010246, EIP: 0x009d425e, CS: 0x00000008, DS: 0x07f30010
    Error code: 0x00000000

    Backtrace (CPU 1), Frame : Return Address (4 potential args on stack)
    0x5cc43388 : 0x21b2bd (0x5cf868 0x5cc433bc 0x223719 0x0)
    0x5cc433d8 : 0x2a7ac2 (0x591c30 0x9d425e 0xe 0x591dfa)
    0x5cc434b8 : 0x29d968 (0x5cc434d0 0x3 0x5cc435f8 0x9d425e)
    0x5cc434c8 : 0x9d425e (0xe 0x48 0x5cc40010 0x9e0010)
    0x5cc435f8 : 0x9da6cb (0xc1d00009 0x1000000 0x1000003 0x40)
    0x5cc43678 : 0x9fe7bd (0x5cc43808 0x9 0x0 0x0)
    0x5cc437d8 : 0xa003f8 (0x0 0x600d600d 0x7027 0x5cc43808)
    0x5cc438a8 : 0xbbb8e4 (0xc1d00009 0x1000000 0x1000003 0x40)
    0x5cc438d8 : 0xbca110 (0x47d70000 0x1000000 0x88100090 0x3e)
    0x5cc43938 : 0xbcbdc6 (0x47d70000 0x1000000 0x15 0x47d7001c)
    0x5cc43a48 : 0x99d832 (0x47d70000 0x0 0x5cc43b8a 0x80)
    0x5cc43aa8 : 0x993796 (0x8d7d800 0x0 0x5cc43b8a 0x80)
    0x5cc43bd8 : 0x9907ff (0x8d7d800 0x8d1a100 0x98e92a 0x8d7d800)
    0x5cc43c98 : 0x97f189 (0x8d7d800 0x984304 0x8d501a0 0x297241)
    0x5cc43d08 : 0x97bb98 (0x8d7d800 0x5cc43dcc 0x86201f4 0x213c78)
    0x5cc43d38 : 0x534299 (0x8d7d800 0x86201f4 0x86201f4 0x0)
    0x5cc43d88 : 0x564c1c (0x8d7d800 0x86201f4 0x86201f4 0x0)
    0x5cc43de8 : 0x284dfd (0x8d7d800 0x86201f4 0x0 0x0)
    0x5cc43e58 : 0x21d65f (0x8613e68 0x8613884 0x8613e6c 0x8613ea4)
    0x5cc43e98 : 0x2107f7 (0x8613e00 0x5cc43edc 0x8656148 0x5cc43ed0)
    Backtrace continues...
    Kernel Extensions in backtrace (with dependencies):>0xc4cfff

    BSD process name corresponding to current thread: WindowServer

    Mac OS version:

    Kernel version:
    Darwin Kernel Version 10.2.0: Tue Nov 3 10:37:10 PST 2009; root:xnu-1486.2.11~1/RELEASE_I386
    System model name: MacBookPro3,1 (Mac-F4238BC8)

    System uptime in nanoseconds: 31659890566
    unloaded kexts:
    loaded kexts:
    com.parallels.kext.prl_vnic 5.0 9220.531002
    com.parallels.kext.prl_netbridge 5.0 9220.531002
    com.parallels.kext.prl_usb_connect 5.0 9220.531002
    com.parallels.kext.prl_hid_hook 5.0 9220.531002
    com.parallels.kext.prl_hypervisor 5.0 9220.531002
    at.obdev.nke.LittleSnitch 2.2.05 2.6.0 - last loaded 31577023277 2.1.0 1.0.1d8 1.7.9a4 1.0 3.0.0d4 3.1.0 412.19.4 1.4.5d1 7.0.0 1.1.2 14 17 11 19 4.0.1d0 1.4.9 2.8.16 170.0.14 6.0.6 1.8.0b4 1.8.0b4 1.8.0b4 251.1.4 2.2.4f3 2.6.0 31 1.0.0d1 160.0.0 3.8.4 1.6.0 4.4.0 2.0.1 2.5.0 3.7.5 3.7.5 3.1.14b1 1.3.0 1.3 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.3 1.4 0 0 2.1.11 96.0.0 96.0.0 1.7.9a4 17 1.7.9a4 1.7.9a4 10 14 10 10 20 2.0.3 310.6 73.0 2.2.4f3 10.0.3 1.7.2fc1 1.3 1.7.9a4 1.7.9a4 41 3.0.1d2 4.0.1d0 6.0.6 6.0.6 2.0 2.0 2.2.4f3 2.2.4f3 2.2.4f3 3.8.4 3.8.5 3.7.5 2.6.0 1.6 1.6 1.6 402.1 2.5.0 2.6.0 2.0 3.8.5 4.1.7 2.0.2 2.5.0 3.8.5 1.9 1.3.0 1.6.1 1.1 1.0.0d1 6 281 1.6 1.3 2.6 1.3.0
    Model: MacBookPro3,1, BootROM MBP31.0070.B07, 2 processors, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz, 4 GB, SMC 1.16f11
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT, GeForce 8600M GT, PCIe, 256 MB
    Memory Module: global_name
    AirPort: spairport_wireless_card_type_airport_extreme (0x168C, 0x87), Atheros 5416:
    Bluetooth: Version 2.2.4f3, 2 service, 0 devices, 1 incoming serial ports
    Network Service: AirPort, AirPort, en1
    PCI Card: pci168c,24, sppci_othernetwork, PCI Slot 5
    Serial ATA Device: FUJITSU MHW2160BHPL, 149.05 GB
    Parallel ATA Device: HL-DT-ST DVDRW GSA-S10N
    USB Device: iPhone, 0x05ac (Apple Inc.), 0x1292, 0xfd100000
    USB Device: Built-in iSight, 0x05ac (Apple Inc.), 0x8502, 0xfd400000
    USB Device: Apple Intern al Keyboard / Trackpad, 0x05ac (Apple Inc.), 0x021a, 0x5d200000
    USB Device: IR Receiver, 0x05ac (Apple Inc.), 0x8242, 0x5d100000
    USB Device: Bluetooth USB Host Controller, 0x05ac (Apple Inc.), 0x8205, 0x1a100000
  4. macfrik macrumors 6502


    Mar 21, 2009
    lol. MBP went artistic on you.

    Yeah, it might be the great 8600 issue. If it is a loose cable, it would cause the kernel panic on your computer.

    Report back to us. I'm curious to! Good luck.
  5. macjunk(ie) thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    when you say loose cable...u mean the power cable right?
  6. rowsdower macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    I think this is a pretty strong indication that it is a problem with the graphics chip itself, not just a loose cable.
  7. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2008
    He (and I) mean the cable that connects the motherboard to the screen.
  8. KG2002 macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Is there a test to run to see if one has a faulty 8600? I just learnt about that issue and I have 2008 MBP. It is my work tool and I can't afford it to fail on me when it decides it is time.

    I read about Apple running a sort of Nvidia test but I was not able to find one.
  9. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2008
    You might be able to find the testing app on torrent sites, but why do it yourself if an Apple store is close by?
  10. KG2002 macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Would they do it if I do not have any "signs" of the problem? I never dealt with them in the past.
  11. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2008
    If you tell them you are having problems with your video card, they will test if for you.
  12. KG2002 macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2009
    You know what, now I am thinnking about that - I can do better. :) I can tell them I am having the problem and show that the pictures from this thread (or from any other Internet source for that matter).

    It is a working tool for us and I need to make sure it won't die on me oversudden.
  13. macjunk(ie) thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    you know...that is not a bad idea......
    but the only problem is..according to many user experiences...they replace the logic board with another faulty other is just playin the waiting game with this problem...they hope that the problem will go away with us buying a new case u do what you plan to do..they might replace ur fully functional logic board (which might have functioned for another couple of years) with another one (which might conk out in 2 days) :rolleyes: careful abt that..
  14. macjunk(ie) thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    #14 MBP is really artistic..after innumerable panics yesterday..i get something different this time.....Thank you Apple....

    I was working on a project which I have to deliver this weekend...and bam....freeze...and panic...

    all of a sudden..this apple has started to smell rotten to me...

    apparently...there are many others who are facing the issue....googling on NVResman WindowServer and 10.6.2 gave me quite a few hits...

    I m in Apple does not even fart in this direction...they don't care about us I am pretty worried abt taking this to an 'Apple' retailer...their ******** might drive me to suicide...:rolleyes:

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  15. macjunk(ie) thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    parallels 5

    wel...i hope its not too early but me thinks that parallels 5 is the cause...
    I was trying out the demo since the last two days....(the panics started to happen soon after)...I noticed these error messages in the log....

    So I proceeded to completely uninstall PD 5 and panics since then....


    Right now..i am scanning my mac for all third party apps and updating them to SL versions....else they all go to trash...

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  16. bmstrong macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
  17. macjunk(ie) thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    well....apologies for all the parallels fans out it turned out..minutes after i posted abt PD5....a kernel panic...:eek:

    so..i am now back to good ol''s hoping that the problem is solved....(cause I really can't afford a 1000USD bill right now...)
  18. rowsdower macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    If it is the video card, the warranty has been extended to three years. I don't know how hard it is to get warranty service in India, but in theory you shouldn't have to pay for it.
  19. macjunk(ie) thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    yeah....hope so...
    anyway...i m on Leopard right now...5 hours and counting....and no panic yet....:rolleyes:
  20. Nano2k macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2009
    Afaik all these Nvidia problems are related to some connection problems. It can be that Leopard does not stress the GPU as much as SL and the chip not getting so hot the connections are not failing.

    Desktop graphic cards sporting Nvidia chips have been failing regularly and someone found a way to fix his card, he has been so successful that people have been buying broken graphic cards from Ebay to repair them by baking them in the oven for a few minutes. It works and it's not BS^^

    I'm not sure how good this works on a complete laptop board, but if my comp was out of warranty with a defective GPU, I would try this before forking a lot of money to fix or buy a new computer.

    It's the same deal like the RROD on the XBOX 360 where you can try to fix it by wrapping up the box in a blanket or pillow and make it overheat, eventually fixing the defective connections.

    I know this sounds like rocket science stuff, but it's for real^^
  21. MrZebra macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2008
  22. macjunk(ie) thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    whoa....:eek: that is something!!! Thanks a bunch for that link..

    I guess I can give it a shot....

    Right now though...everything looks fine...

    WindowServer does not crash on Leopard...
  23. macjunk(ie) thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    and there...I had my first kernel panic on Leopard...windowserver ad crashed......the thing is...the panic is a bit more graceful on least..i dont get the striped screen...

    i will just wait till the card fails completely...until there is no display and then i will take it to the apple store...
  24. macjunk(ie) thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    #24 turns out that it is indeed the GPU problem..its been almost a week now...I am yet to get the laptop back from the service center....:mad:
  25. RealaT macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2008
    It's only been 4 days since you said you were taking it to a service center? How can you have been waiting over a week?

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