Mac Pro crashing

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by 321estrellas, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. 321estrellas macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2007
    My Mac Pro all of a sudden started regularly crashing. I have to do a hard reset. When I turn it on, sometimes it'll stay on the gray screen forever, other times it will load and crash eventually. When it crashes while I'm on it, my black desktop background will turn green and simply freeze.

    See video here (it has already crashed during the screen saver, about 15 minutes after the time shown. It does not flicker like that if it freezes outside the screensaver):

    My guess is my video card is starting to toast. I'm really hoping it's not the logic board. But if either one was toasted, would the computer not function at all, not just crash at random times?

    Mac Pro specs:
    2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    6GB RAM
    1TB HDD
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
    16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    AirPort Extreme wireless networking

    Is there a way I can figure out what's wrong without bringing it in to a store? It sucks to lug around. And my Applecare is expired.

    Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
  2. 666sheep macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
    It's the graphics card. Bake it (google "baking 8800") or replace.
  3. 321estrellas thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2007
    I found it a bit hard to believe when I first read about it, but I researched some more and it looks like it works for many people.

    So I tried it myself and I'm happy to report that it DOES work!

    I can officially successfully bake more computer parts than I can food :)
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Keep in mind, it's not usually a permanent fix, so you'd be wise to get a new graphics card. :eek: ;)
  5. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Yep as nanofrog advises, keep an eye out for a replacement card.

    Similar to S.M.A.R.T.Reporter giving you a warning.
  6. goMac macrumors 604

    Apr 15, 2004
    My 8800 in my 2008 also died... I got it replaced by Apple, but I jumped ship to a nice shiny 5870 as quick as I could. :) The 5770 is also a good choice.
  7. dndlnx macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2010
    Wow I'd never heard of people doing this.

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