It flickered, then froze, then died

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cmusat, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. cmusat macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2014
    Hi, this is my first post here. Your help is much appreciated.
    I have a 2011 macbook pro and last week i started having some problems with the screen flickering and then freezing. After a restart it was OK so I didn't bother looking into it.

    This morning though I can't restart anymore. Even if I hold down the power key and then press option, i can't boot in either Windows or mac os. Same thing for the disk utility - it just freezes with a grey screen.
    Any thoughts on what might be causing this?

    Now i'm getting bold - any ideas on how to fix this?

  2. inselstudent macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2012
    Could be the logic board. I once had similar problems with my 2010 MBA, which then had the logic board replaced by Apple. Are there those error beeps when booting up?

    Here comes a very out of the box suggestion; take it in to the next Apple store.
  3. cmusat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2014
    No error beeps

    Regarding taking it in - do you have any idea if they charge for diagnosis (i'm based in Switzerland now).
    The 2 year warranty.. expired 2 1/2 months ago..

    Thanks again,
  4. Cristian .b macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2013
    Apple walled garden
    is this a 15 inch model? those have gpu issues. but this sounds like the hard drive is dead. that's an easy replacement.
  5. cmusat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2014
    15 inch.

    hdd issue? Why would that cause the screen to flicker? :-s
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    If it's a 15" model, it means Radeongate has hit your system.

    Radeongate: AMD Radeon GPU failures on 15" and 17" 2011 (early and late) MBPs.

    Solution: Get the logic board replaced.
  7. 92P92 macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Join the club. Mine died 2 weeks ago.
    I had similar problems and indeed the GPU was dead.
    To diagnose that they asked me 79 euro and now they want for a repair 670,30 euro. In my opinion that's a ridiculous amount to fix a 1800 euro MBP that just turned 3 years old.

    I hope Apple does a recall and fixes all the broken 2011 MBP because it's a widespread problem (like they did for the Imac)

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