Macbook acting very strange

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shanester, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. shanester macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2011
    So i was watching tv today and my mac was sitting on the table, and i noticed on the screen saver the screen was just flashing very fast, when i went to wake it up it got brighter continuing to flash but would not respond. i was forced to turn it off by holding the button down, after that it would not boot. got to the spinning wheel and the wheel froze, after going into single user mode and doing a check on the disk which found no problems, it booted up but once in it froze for a few seconds, then the screen began flashing and then random glitches with the screen began, as can be seen on the photo i will attach. and the screen is continuing to flicker and stuffs showing up weird. is my mac finally kicking the bucket? oh also the glitches on the screen seem to relate to when the computers doing work, not when actually touching it so it doesnt seem to be a bad cable to the screen.

  2. shanester, Jan 5, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2012

    shanester thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2011
    i was just about to post how its oddly started working fine, and it froze then flickered and did this...


    not that this will probably help much but heres a clip of what happens just moving the mouse around the screen:
  3. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    It seems like there's a problem with the graphics chip. The only real solution is to take it to be checked by Apple.
  4. shanester thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2011
    thats what i figured, i just wanted to ask to see if anyone had any ideas before i end up going down there. im super broke atm and i really cant afford to fix the thing :\ i was hoping software problems lol
  5. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2010
    What version (i.e. Spring 2010 or ???) is your MBP?

    FWIW, there is a known issue with some of the Spring 2010 15" (and perhaps 13" and 17") MBP. The problem has to do with the nVidia graphics chip being faulty. Apple is offering to replace the logic board on these.
  6. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    ahh i was just about to make a thread about this thing too :)
    I have a 13" Late 2010 MBP and I sort of get this too. Like it doesn't freeze or anything, but it occurs randomly and quite rarely. Like if am browsing the web, it would kinda "flicker" [i dont know the right term, sry] and i can see parts of my desktop wallpaper.

    Like if we take the second picture of the OP, and kinda make it alternating small trapezoids, with one being background, other being website area, etc. that is what I am getting at.

    I know a picture would be much more helpful, but since it occurs randomly and isn't really long enough to take a screenshot, I figured the best thing I could do is describe and wait...

    i doubt it is a huge thing, but still wanted to check :)
  7. shanester thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2011
  8. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    Let me guess. It has a Nvidia 8600 GT GPU? If that is the case, go to the nearest Apple store as soon as possible. There is an extended warranty replacement program for those GPUs, however it's only for four years since purchase.
  9. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    ^^^ This. You might be able to get it replaced for free if that's the problem. Even if you're past the 4 years, if it is the Nvidia issue, I'd take it in anyways. You might get a genius that's nice enough to still get it fixed for you.
  10. shanester thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2011
    Oh yea that's the card I believe I was going to go tomorrow
  11. shanester thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2011
    yep your right, i just got home and was able to get it to power up and thats the card, im gonna go first thing tomorrow. im really hoping they do, i just got my hours at work severly cut, so i cant afford to fix the laptop on my own :(

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