Macbook pro 3.1 monitor issue, graphic card died I think

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fisty, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. fisty macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2006
    hello all,

    thanks to anyone who could help me out!

    I have a macbook pro 3.1 and from one day to another i try to turn it back on and I hear the usual sound of the os booting up but the monitor doesn't flinges, just remains black, not even the light went on!!
    Thats the problem just the monitor isn't working!
    Thankfully it had remote desktop enabled and I can remote connect to it without any issues the system seems to work!

    via remote desktop conncetion I can do anything with it, like i would have it infront of me!

    so this is a bizzare problem!
    when I go under about my mac and go in the hardware specs, I see something peculiar!

    under graphics this is what I get!
    Intel GMA X3100:

    Chipset Model: GMA X3100
    Type: GPU
    Bus: Built-In
    VRAM (Total): 64 MB of Shared System Memory
    Vendor: Intel (0x8086)
    Device ID: 0x2a02
    Revision ID: 0x0003
    Display Connector:

    this is odd as I know it has a 256mb card inside!
    can anyone help me?
    as this model of the macbook pro 3.1 has a expresscard 34 slot is it possible that there is something like a module that works like a graphics card?
    essentially using an graphics card that has a expresscard 34 slot, to which I can attach a monitor?

    any other hints welcomed
  2. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    The bad news the video card is dead. The good news is it is covered for 4 years from date of purchase. See trend are all 8600 gt owners screwed.
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I have heard of instances where the GMA X3100 takes over when the dedicated GPU fails. Any chance you can try an external monitor? I agree with your diagnosis otherwise.
  4. fisty thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2006
    i tried an external monitor, nothing!

    I did bring this laptop to apple store a few months ago, telling them about the 4 years thing etc..
    as i found out on their website!!

    they told me it wasnt that issue!
  5. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    take it back the fact that you can remote in means the logic board is good. except the video


    In July 2008, NVIDIA publicly acknowledged a higher than normal failure rate for some of their graphics processors due to a packaging defect. At that same time, NVIDIA assured Apple that Mac computers with these graphics processors were not affected. However, after an Apple-led investigation, Apple has determined that some MacBook Pro computers with the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor may be affected. If the NVIDIA graphics processor in your MacBook Pro has failed, or fails within four years of the original date of purchase, a repair will be done free of charge, even if your MacBook Pro is out of warranty.

    What to look for:

    * Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen
    * No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on

    Specific products affected:

    * MacBook Pro 15-inch and 17-inch models with NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processors
    o MacBook Pro (17-Inch, 2.4GHz)
    o MacBook Pro (15-Inch, 2.4/2.2GHz)
    o MacBook Pro (Early 2008)
    * These computers were manufactured between approximately May 2007 and September 2008

    Products Affected

    MacBook Pro, models with NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processors

    If your MacBook Pro is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed above, please take it to an Apple Retail Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) for evaluation, or call your nearest Apple Contact Center. Before visiting the Genius Bar at the Apple Retail Store, please make a reservation (available in some countries only).

    Apple is issuing refunds to customers who may have paid for repairs related to this issue. Please contact Apple for details on the refund process.

    Note: If your MacBook Pro is not experiencing any of these symptoms, you do not need to contact Apple.

    Apple will continue to evaluate the repair data and will provide further repair extensions as needed.

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