OS X Recovery

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  1. b2387692, Aug 14, 2016
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    b2387692 macrumors member

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    While watching a live streaming event, SSD appears to have died in my 17" late 2011 MBP.

    The screen suddenly and briefly went to an odd shade of grey, somewhat darker and pixillated <sp>, then to the standard grey screen of death.

    I powered down and rebooted using the OPTION+COMMAND+R
    keys held down, got the spinning globe which went from 0% to 100%; then I got the standard grey screen of death, then the system shut down.

    Your input is greatly appreciated!
     
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    Check the link I posted. The program applies to the 17" also.

    EDIT: I should have said if you do not have the 13" in my original post.
     
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    Thanks!
    I take it, you feel the SSD is fried?
    Also, I replaced the original HD with the SSD; how would that affect eligibility for this program?
     
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    No. I think it may be a video failure of the AMD Graphics Processor Unit (GPU). Apple will need to replace the logic board if the GPU has failed.

    Replacing the original HDD with a SSD will not effect your eligibility for the program. I had a replacement SSD in my 2011 MBP when the GPU failed and I had Apple repair it. There was no problem wit Apple support.
     
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    Thanks!
    How would a GPU failure, such as you described affect trying to reboot in Recovery mode?
     
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    If the GPU does not pass the hardware check during the startup then the MBP will not complete boot up.
     
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    Thanks!
    FWIw, I also tried starting in Safe Mode...It went through the progress bar but ended up just grey screen
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    Not running Time Machine, so I assume, anything that wasn't backed up is lost, if I can't reboot, correct?
     
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    Not necessarily. If the problem is just the GPU, then Apple will replace the Logic board and move your SSD and RAM to the replacement logic board. Your files on the SSD should be intact since the GPU problem does not effect the SSD. When Apple returns the repaired MBP then you will be able to boot up and access the files like normal.

    If there is a problem with the SSD then, Yes your files could be lost without a backup. Recommend a frequent backup plan in the future.
     
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    Thanks!
    How can I confirm problem is GPU vs SSD, before bringing in to Apple store?
     
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    Make an appointment with Apple and have them test it. They will tell you what is wrong. If it is not the GPU and therefore does not qualify for free repair under the video issues then they will tell you what they think is wrong. You can then decide what to do. You have just gotten a free diagnostics from Apple. Only Apple has the appropriate tests for the GPU.
     
  13. b2387692, Aug 29, 2016
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    Thanks!
    Apple web site states the following, under MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues:
    "Your MacBook Pro will be examined prior to any service to verify that it is eligible for this program and is otherwise in working order... " "A technician will run a diagnostic test on the MacBook Pro to verify eligibility."

    That said, what is Apple going to do exactly? What are "...the appropriate tests for the GPU."?
     
  14. b2387692, Aug 30, 2016
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    Thanks!
    You were right on...Video failure of the AMD Graphics Processor Unit (GPU). Good news, Apple will replace the logic board ($579) for free. Bad news, no guarantee I won't lose my files AND they also said I need a new battery, which is not covered...$179
     
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    Well, now Apple is saying that they put a new logic board in but only get horizontal and vertical lines on the display. They said it's either a bad logic board that they put in or the display, which is not covered. Does that sound right?
     
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    Thanks for the help! Apparently, the first logic board that Apple put in was a bad so they ordered another one and that worked, therefore Apple replaced the logic board at no charge with 90-day warranty, under the "MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues" (https://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro-videoissues/) "The program covers affected MacBook Pro models until December 31, 2016 or four years from its original date of sale, whichever provides longer coverage for you.".
     

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