MBP display is just different colored boxes

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mat4020, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. mat4020 macrumors member

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    Hi guy and gals,

    I need help...

    I was just working on my MBP a few minutes ago when all of a sudden the screen messes up and the desktop is jumbled up in little colored boxes.

    I tried restarting, with no luck. It's a few years old, and I had AppleCare, but it has expired.

    Any ideas? I'm guessing it's a hardware problem, but I'm not certain.

    I'm on my iPad now (it's all I have), so I took a picture and uploaded it to my Facebook so you all can see what I'm dealing with.

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31137389&l=bda0fd6a4d&id=51501979

    Any help would be awesome!
     
  2. MyDesktopBroke macrumors 6502

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    It sounds like a problem with the graphics card. Does your model have an Nvidia 8600? There was a problem with that series in general, I think.
     
  3. eng42ine macrumors 68000

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    This sounds like it. If you do, in fact have the 8600 card, then Apple will replace the card at least. If not the entire computer. So my advice would be to call Apple.
     
  4. mat4020 thread starter macrumors member

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    Any idea of how to figure out the graphics card by just the serial number?
     
  5. eng42ine macrumors 68000

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    I don't know. But I suppose if you call Apple, they would be able to tell you.
     
  6. mat4020 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, from apple's website, it appears I have an ATI card. I'll call AppleCare when they open to see what they say and get an idea if a repair is worth it.
     

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