Is this the NVIDIA failure?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by brayhite, May 31, 2011.

  1. brayhite macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2010
    Location:
    N. Kentucky
    #1
    I opened my laptop today to see the picture attached. After (somehow) using it for about 10 minutes, it went away. Then about three minutes later, got A LOT worse and went nearly all white. Now, after turning it off and back on, it's back to the original problem status. Is this a strict matter of buy-a-new-one-or-fix-the-screen or can I do something myself to fix this?

    Oh, and my AppleCare expired earlier this month. Go figure.

    EDIT: Well, I tried to upload it. I thought it did but for some reason it won't upload from my computer. To describe, it looks like a bunch of vertical black lines going across the screen, where dead pixels basically are. It's an early 2008 model MBP, 15".
     
  2. ElZeus macrumors regular

    Joined:
    May 26, 2008
    #2
  3. brayhite thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2010
    Location:
    N. Kentucky
    #3
    Does that pertain only to HP and Compaq? And I don't know if this in fact the NVIDIA failure or not.
     
  4. ElZeus macrumors regular

    Joined:
    May 26, 2008
    #4
    Apple is part of it, I remember them increasing the warranty beyond the stock 1year applecare but only for gpu related issues (vertical lines are usually a good indicator of gpu problems) but I don't remember how long they extended it.
     
  5. ElZeus macrumors regular

    Joined:
    May 26, 2008
  6. brayhite thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2010
    Location:
    N. Kentucky
    #6
    Well I turned the brightness all the way up and let it die, and now it's recharging and currently not suffering from the problem. Hopefully that'll be a nice fix until Thursday when I take it in. Should I just tell them the display went out and show them the picture I'm trying to upload?
     
  7. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2008
    #7
    Apple has extended the waranty for 4 years. go to about this mac/ graphics/ Check the pcie lane width it should say x16 if it is less the card is starting to fail.
     
  8. brayhite thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2010
    Location:
    N. Kentucky
    #8
    I will do this when I'm home. Thanks so much ElZeus and jbrenn! I'm going to run by the Apple Store tomorrow regardless. It's now an off and on problem. I was on it for about 10 minutes, and for 10 seconds or so it went nearly all yellow and barely able to make anything out, then back to normal. Hopefully a free fix is in my future and I'll be able to get another year or two out of it until I graduate.
     
  9. brayhite thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2010
    Location:
    N. Kentucky
    #9
    Well I checked, and it's at x8. Looks like I found the culprit. Thanks again for the help guys.
     
  10. nickcao macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2011
    #10
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; zh-cn) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

    Bring the pic with you. It will save you lots of time to explain and prove the problem.
     

Share This Page