MBP 2011 doesn't start most of the time(High Sierra?)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Patrick7777, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Patrick7777 macrumors newbie

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    Hey there,
    I've got a MacBook Pro 15" from Beginning 2011.
    Since a few weeks it freezes on startup (white screen with apple logo and progress bar on 60%)
    I've tried PRAM/NVRAM, SMC, Apple hardware check(no failures), and I switched the RAM-modules vice verca, even a new hard disk cable.
    Nothing helped.

    Then I installed a small SSD for testing and installed HighSierra. After that everything seemed to work fine, I restartet about 30 times, without problems.
    So I thought it is the hard disk.
    I bought a new 500GB SSD and installed HighSierra again. All seemed fine so far.

    Yesterday I installed the newest updates.
    After that my MBP froze and showed me a completely red picture when I wanted to start the photos-app.

    Now the MBP is not starting again. After the white screen with apple logo and progress bar(60%) the picture turns black and all fans are running on 100%.

    Does anybody have any ideas?:(
     
  2. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    The GPU has failed and there is no way to fix it without replacing the GPU chip.

    Unfortunately, the extended warranty for this issue has expired.

    I had a late 2011 15" i7 that exhibited similar symptoms.
     
  3. Patrick7777 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Now I got the MBP starting again to the Desktop.
    It restarts reliable, that as soon as I want to open 'Photos', 'Photo Booth', or 'Grapher', it freezes and shows a red screen. Sometimes the windows comes back, with everything red around.
    So I can kick it in the trash or will it might help to downgrade to Siera?
     
  4. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with @Audit13 , it seems you GPU is failing but there is a workaround. You can disable the dGPU and use only the integrated one.

    I did it to mine using this guide: https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...-on-a-2011-macbook-pro-grub-solution.2087527/

    Still works fine to this date but it can't run most GPU demanding tasks and you have to re-disable the GPU for every major upgrade (not a big issue for you since you're already at one of the latest big upgrade available for that model.)
     
  5. Patrick7777 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you guys, you are right obviously. I played with gfxCardStatus, and as soon as it uses the dedicated gpu it crashes.
    What are those "sleep issues" mentioned in your link?
    As I need to run Windows as well I think there is no solution under windows, isn't it?
     
  6. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    You may be able to use Windows by disabling the Radeon GPU in device manager.
     
  7. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

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    I used to have some issues bringing it back from sleep when I used another method but with the one link I have no issue at all.

    Windows should run too once the fix is applied, it's done before any OS is loaded.
     
  8. KevinRightWing macrumors regular

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    www.powerbookmedic.com charges about $300 to replace the GPU if you send it in to them. Also comes with a warranty.
     
  9. sphere2018 macrumors newbie

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    Im done with MBP. I got an iMAC. No more fan issues, no heat, no noise. Larger screen. Better sound system. Less money. Simply fantastic.
     
  10. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

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    Any issue carrying it in your backpack? :D
     
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