It flickered, then froze, then died

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

  1. cmusat macrumors newbie

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    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?

    Thanks,
    Claudiu
     
  2. inselstudent macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    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,
    Claudiu
     
  4. Cristian .b macrumors member

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    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

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    15 inch.

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

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    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

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    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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