Macbook Pro No Screen?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jfox43, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. jfox43 macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2011
    A few days ago, the screen on my macbook pro went out. It was working fine, and I put it in sleep mode and came back to it a few hours later and the screen stayed blank. I restarted it, took out the battery, and every time I turned it on the macbook sounded like it was working fine but the screen stayed blank.

    I came upon this article ( and thought maybe it applied to my macbook. I bought my macbook pro in the summer of 08' and checked if i had the NVIDIA graphics processor, which it did.

    I took my laptop, along with a printed copy of the link above, to a Apple store and the genius didn't look at the paper and ran a test and said my logicboard needed replacing.

    Is there a way I can test to see if the problem is in fact the graphics processor and the genius was simply ********tin me?

  2. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    sounds like you just have a mac pro now :p

    my guess is he was... take it back again.
  3. burtjr macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2011
    I had a Macbook Pro I bought in Feb 08. I had the same issue as you and was diagnosed the same. They replaced my logic board for free and that fixed my issue. The Apple tech is more than likely correct. They should replace your board for free if yours is one of the defected ones. Take it back to apple and see.
  4. azxr macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2011
    Same symptoms with my early 2008. They told me it wasn't the Nvidia problem even though I expected it was. They offered to repair it for the flat $300 fee. When it came back the manager did not charge me for the logic board replacement.
  5. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    The graphics chipset is on the logic board. You need to replace the logic board to fix the graphics issue.
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008

    The computer has to fail a specific nVidia test to fall under the extended warranty, if it doesn't you're screwed.

    If it does fail the test, you will get a brand new logicboard installed for free.
  7. bobcan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    Sunny but Cold.. Canada
    Correct.. happened to me w/ my 2007 2.4GHz.. twice.. last one was 3 1/2 years old, the 1st Replacement was The Same logic board apparently so they 'fixed it' again, for free!!
  8. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    There's no way to replace the graphics chip without replacing the logic board. It is soldered on. The store genius was right in suggesting logic board replacement. Now the question remains if they're willing to replace it for free.
  9. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    Does it have the GeForce 8600M graphics card? These were manufactured in spring/summer 2007. The issue is covered for 4 years, so if you bought it new, you should be covered.

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