MacBook Pro Mid 2010 15'' Crashing, Assistance Please!


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 4, 2016
Need some assistance with my Macbook Pro 15'' Mid 2010. The computer has a nasty habit that has developed out of the blue where it shuts down and restarts whether it is running off of power supply or battery supply. It occurs more often when running off of just battery supply, even with the charge at full.


This is the most recent crash report that my computer produced after a crash:

Anonymous UUID: ADC82AF3-4404-763E-D553-F96ABD815C1B

Sun Dec 4 10:43:04 2016

*** Panic Report ***

panic(cpu 2 caller 0xffffff7f8ee17bd5): "GPU Panic: [<None>] 3 3 7f 0 0 0 0 3 : NVRM[0/1:0:0]: Read Error 0x00000100: CFG 0xffffffff 0xffffffff 0xffffffff, BAR0 0xd2000000 0xffffff9128e2e000 0x0a5480a2, D0, P3/4\n"@/Library/Caches/

Backtrace (CPU 2), Frame : Return Address

0xffffff9117b1b0a0 : 0xffffff800bcdab52

0xffffff9117b1b120 : 0xffffff7f8ee17bd5

0xffffff9117b1b200 : 0xffffff7f8c984fa4

0xffffff9117b1b2c0 : 0xffffff7f8ca51add

0xffffff9117b1b300 : 0xffffff7f8ca51b48

0xffffff9117b1b380 : 0xffffff7f8ccd6a23

0xffffff9117b1b4f0 : 0xffffff7f8ca75b79

0xffffff9117b1b510 : 0xffffff7f8c98bcfd

0xffffff9117b1b5c0 : 0xffffff7f8c989690

0xffffff9117b1b7c0 : 0xffffff7f8c98a76f

0xffffff9117b1b8a0 : 0xffffff7f8e2fd0ea

0xffffff9117b1b8e0 : 0xffffff7f8e30caa3

0xffffff9117b1b900 : 0xffffff7f8e33b3ea

0xffffff9117b1b940 : 0xffffff7f8e33b449

0xffffff9117b1b980 : 0xffffff7f8e312642

0xffffff9117b1b9d0 : 0xffffff7f8e2de08a

0xffffff9117b1ba70 : 0xffffff7f8e2d9f2d

0xffffff9117b1baa0 : 0xffffff7f8e2d7ac9

0xffffff9117b1bae0 : 0xffffff800c2e0727

0xffffff9117b1bb80 : 0xffffff800c2e2ef8

0xffffff9117b1bbe0 : 0xffffff800c2e0037

0xffffff9117b1bd20 : 0xffffff800bd97f90

0xffffff9117b1be30 : 0xffffff800bcdf2c3

0xffffff9117b1be60 : 0xffffff800bcc28f8

0xffffff9117b1bea0 : 0xffffff800bcd26a5

0xffffff9117b1bf10 : 0xffffff800bdb8eca

0xffffff9117b1bfb0 : 0xffffff800bdecd86

Kernel Extensions in backtrace:[154B0440-E3AE-3639-AB05-C7C4D03384C2]@0xffffff7f8ee09000->0xffffff7f8ee1cfff















BSD process name corresponding to current thread: WindowServer

Mac OS version:


Kernel version:

Darwin Kernel Version 15.6.0: Thu Sep 1 15:01:16 PDT 2016; root:xnu-3248.60.11~2/RELEASE_X86_64

Kernel UUID: FD33DB7B-CF7A-3AD5-AF00-23EA2D35FEFA

Kernel slide: 0x000000000ba00000

Kernel text base: 0xffffff800bc00000

__HIB text base: 0xffffff800bb00000

System model name: MacBookPro6,2 (Mac-F22586C8)

System uptime in nanoseconds: 3207818520059

last loaded kext at 8855265545: 1.70 (addr 0xffffff7f8e5b3000, size 32768)

last unloaded kext at 134699325628: 1.0.1 (addr 0xffffff7f8d269000, size 126976)

loaded kexts: 1.70 3.0 1.9.5d0 110.22.0 1 124 274.12 1 1.0.1 3.6.1 274.12 4.4.6f1 10.0.0 10.0.0 7.0.0 1 1.0.0 1.2.13 4.4.6f1 4.0.0 208 3.1 3.12.9 1.0.0 10.0.0 3.0.4d1 245.4 3.7.1 245.4 1.0.0d1 1.0.0 38 327.6 3.7.7 800.20.24 2.8.5 10.2.0 5.5.4 3.1.8 1.0.1 161.0.0 2.0 4.0 1.8 2.1 4.0 1.7 218.0.0 163 3 8 218.0.0 1.0 3.12.9 108.2.3 274.12 525 11 10.0.0 10.0.0 1 4.4.6f1 4.4.6f1 1.0.14d1 2.2.6 1.0.14d1 1.0.0 1.1.0 3.12.9 1.0.0 6.0.0d7 274.12 274.12 204.4 1.2.0 2.4.1 2.4.1 3.1.9 3.7.7 1.0.0 250.5 517.50.1 900.4.1 5.0.0 5.0.0 1.0.1 1.0.1 3.7.7 1.8 1.8 1.8 2.6.2 3.7.7 1.0.3b3 1110.26 1.0.1b8 3.2 1.0.4 4.6.1 2.8.1 900.4.1 1.0.1 1.0.1 1.0.1 2.0 2.0 2.0.0 1.1 300.0 1.0.0d1 2 1.0.5 1.0 417.4 2.1 31 28.30 4.0 2.9 1.4 1 1 1.0

Model: MacBookPro6,2, BootROM MBP61.0057.B11, 2 processors, Intel Core i5, 2.53 GHz, 8 GB, SMC 1.58f16

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics, Built-In

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, PCIe, 256 MB

Memory Module: BANK 0/DIMM0, 4 GB, DDR3, 1067 MHz, 0x859B, 0x435434473353313036374D2E433136464B00

Memory Module: BANK 1/DIMM0, 4 GB, DDR3, 1067 MHz, 0x859B, 0x435434473353313036374D2E433136464B00

AirPort: spairport_wireless_card_type_airport_extreme (0x14E4, 0x93), Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (

Bluetooth: Version 4.4.6f1 17910, 3 services, 27 devices, 1 incoming serial ports

Network Service: Wi-Fi, AirPort, en1

Serial ATA Device: Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256GB, 256.06 GB

Serial ATA Device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-898

USB Device: USB 2.0 Bus

USB Device: Hub

USB Device: IR Receiver

USB Device: Built-in iSight

USB Device: USB 2.0 Bus

USB Device: Hub

USB Device: Card Reader

USB Device: Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad

USB Device: BRCM2070 Hub

USB Device: Bluetooth USB Host Controller

Thunderbolt Bus:


The sequence of events that most often occurs is the computer will crash without warning. It will attempt to boot. Makes it to the login grey screen. Crashes again... and then will allow me to put in my password and restart.

Mac Specs:

Macbook Pro 15'' Mid 2010.

OS X El Capitan V. 10.11.6

Processor: 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5

Memory: 8 Gb 1067 MHz DDR3

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 256 MB

Computer background:

I am the original owner

No drops or fluid spills.

I replaced the hard drive with a SSD samsung 250 gb last christmas.

I also replaced the original ram (4) with 8.

The computer recently started having problems approximately 2 months ago.

I have since reformatted the computer, and the problems persist.

I have downloaded Coconut battery which gives the following stats:

Design Capacity: 7200 mAh

Cycle Count: 283

OS X Battery Status: Good

Battery Temp: 35.5 C

Charing with 21.02 Watts

(While plugged into power adapter)

According to TG Pro:

Battery sensor 1 & 2: 31 & 30 C

Battery Sensor Max: 36 C

Heatpipe Outgoing Air: 36 C

Left Heatsink Proximity 48 C

Platform Controller Hub Die 59 C

Right Heat sink Proximity: 48 C

Memory Controller: 59 C

Palm Rest Proximity 32 C

DC In Proximity: 55 C

Need some help with where to start. I've never encountered this problem before, and not sure what action to take next. I've read several articles talking about overheating issues, logic board issues and other such problems, but not sure if these actually apply to my situation.

The temperature does not seem likely, as the computer does not seem very warm via touch or when utilizing TG Pro or Coconut Battery.

I'm unfamiliar with the logic board issues.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Thank you for your time and help in advance!


macrumors 68030
Jan 19, 2015
Oregon, USA
The NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M is caused a GPU panic. It is a known problem and Apple had a repair program that has expired. The normal fix was to replace the logic board (the GPU is soldered on the board), which will cost more than it is worth investing in a 6 year old MBP that could also develop the same problem on the replacement logic board.


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 4, 2016

Any suggestions then?

It seems like several editions and years of macbook pro products have had issues...

I would consider switching to a windows comp, however, I record music via Logic Pro and don't want to have to completely abandon that software...

Any tried and true MacBook Pro versions out there?


macrumors 68030
Jan 19, 2015
Oregon, USA
Any suggestions then?
It seems like several editions and years of macbook pro products have had issues...
I would consider switching to a windows comp, however, I record music via Logic Pro and don't want to have to completely abandon that software...
Any tried and true MacBook Pro versions out there?
Maybe make a appointment at a Apple Store and have them run their tests to see what they say. They could also give you an idea of repair costs. Have a good data backup plan the GPU could fail to the point where you can not start the MBP. Without a good backup your data would not be accessible unless you removed the internal disk and placed it in an external enclosure or got the MBP repaired.

At this time the late 2013 - 2015 MBPs seem pretty good. Avoid getting a dGPU, if possible, and just stick with the iGPU to avoid the heat issues caused by the dGPU.


macrumors member
Jun 2, 2016
There is a thread on the forum about this specific problem:

In summary there are 2 ways of fixing the problem:
  1. Hardware fix by replacing a capacitor on the logic board
  2. Modifying a kext file to make the dGPU run in low power mode

I have the same problem with kernel panics and tried the software fix. It helps if i do not plug in an external monitor, but when I do I still have kernel panics now and then...

So I guess the only real solution for the issue is to replace the capacitor...
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macrumors Core
Feb 20, 2009
OP wrote:
"It seems like several editions and years of macbook pro products have had issues..."

In most cases, those "issues" were because of the dedicated GPUs.

If you want more reliability over the long-term, get one that DOES NOT have a dedicated GPU...
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