MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) - Graphics checkerboard issues.

Astroexe

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I'm at my last resort, this is driving me insane.

I used to love my Mac. I used to enjoy using my machine to browse the internet, to write on, to do my university work on, ignore the strange little errors my machine has seemingly had forever - but now it's instant. People look over my shoulder and think I'm tapping into an alternate universe, because this is really not normal behaviour. Flashes of green, purple glitches over icons before I hover over them, never regular but so frequent I've started to stop seeing them.

I thought that I was just being too harsh on the machine, it's pretty old after all, so I upgraded the RAM and installed an SSD to run the OS from - and, for a while, that sort-of worked - but recently it seems like it's going quickly downhill and I can't watch a car crash any longer. This is my own intervention for my mac, and I'm hoping someone can help me.

My Mac frequently shows graphic problems, often resulting in a full system break that requires me to reboot manually. Full glitch-effect on the screen. I've searched and searched for solutions but can't seem to find anything thats like mine. When I reboot, sometimes it's fine but regularly it needs to sit for a bit, then reset again, and then I might be ok.

Some clues I've found are that using Chrome and Safari at the same time? too risky. I can't add an image in Pages, but writing text is fine and even using specifically Twitter on Safari can trigger a full crash.

I attached a picture of one I could capture, as well as my system info from 'about this mac' - hopefully this gives some clues of what the route of the problem if, and if not - I'm more than eager to find out what I can do. My studies (and my sanity) seriously depend on it.
 

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keysofanxiety

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Issue is hardware. Graphics failure.

Nothing you can do I'm afraid. There's just the one graphics card in your machine so you can't even force it to run off a different one.
 

Astroexe

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Issue is hardware. Graphics failure.

Nothing you can do I'm afraid. There's just the one graphics card in your machine so you can't even force it to run off a different one.
Thanks for getting back to me, I'm guessing that means the card itself has just gone kaput? Is there any chance of getting it replaced, or would that be more money than it's worth?

I know these machines are lucrative to keep as they're one of the last few models easily modifiable, but i wonder if I should take the new RAM and SSD and move to a different macbook.
 

keysofanxiety

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Thanks for getting back to me, I'm guessing that means the card itself has just gone kaput? Is there any chance of getting it replaced, or would that be more money than it's worth?

I know these machines are lucrative to keep as they're one of the last few models easily modifiable, but i wonder if I should take the new RAM and SSD and move to a different macbook.
It'll definitely be beyond economical repair.

If you want to keep the same sort of machine but step up in performance I'd recommend buying a 13" 2012 MBP, as they're extremely cheap used due to market saturation. You can then fit your same SSD into that and upgrade the RAM to a maximum of 16GB (2x8GB DDR3 1600MHz SODIMM).
 

Astroexe

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If you want to keep the same sort of machine but step up in performance I'd recommend buying a 13" 2012 MBP, as they're extremely cheap used due to market saturation.
In this world of Facebook marketplaces I'm sure I can pick something up. Any pointers to look out for?
 

keysofanxiety

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In this world of Facebook marketplaces I'm sure I can pick something up. Any pointers to look out for?
Errr, avoid ones with any damage I suppose. Maybe get one without any upgrades which will be cheaper and then you can fit your SSD.

The 13” 2012s have a high failure rate on the SATA cable, so maybe allow for an additional £30 or so to put away for a precautionary replacement of that before you fit your SSD.