Radeongate Q's

yukari

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Is it possible to use external display via Thunderbolt for 2011 MBP's that have "Radeongate" problem? Or is the external display also controlled by the GPU?
 

Traverse

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Is it possible to use external display via Thunderbolt for 2011 MBP's that have "Radeongate" problem? Or is the external display also controlled by the GPU?
If your GPU is bad the entire logic board is bad and it won't function in any form.
 

maflynn

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Is it possible to use external display via Thunderbolt for 2011 MBP's that have "Radeongate" problem? Or is the external display also controlled by the GPU?
The external display is hardwired to the dGPU, if the GPU fails you're SOL and need a new logic board.
 

snaky69

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Is it possible to use external display via Thunderbolt for 2011 MBP's that have "Radeongate" problem? Or is the external display also controlled by the GPU?
The thunderbolt port is connected directly to the GPU.
 

thundersteele

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I thought the machines would still work with their internal displays, as long as you can force them to not use the discrete GPU?

I haven't heard much about Radeongate recently. Was it less widespread after all?
 

RKO

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I thought the machines would still work with their internal displays, as long as you can force them to not use the discrete GPU?
The OP was asking about the external display, not the internal display. Even if you can manage to disable the AMD graphics drivers to make the internal display work, it is only a temporary measure. You can read about it in this link if you want.

I haven't heard much about Radeongate recently. Was it less widespread after all?
again HERE and HERE
 

thundersteele

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The OP was asking about the external display, not the internal display. Even if you can manage to disable the AMD graphics drivers to make the internal display work, it is only a temporary measure. You can read about it in this link if you want.
Yes sorry I misinterpreted the OPs question... I read it as "can I at least use it with an external display..."

Thanks. At some point I read that there is a class action lawsuit now. I wonder what the outcome will be.

Do you know if late 2011 machines are affected (I have one with 6750M)?
 

Samuelsan2001

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They are the only machines affected

Yes sorry I misinterpreted the OPs question... I read it as "can I at least use it with an external display..."


Thanks. At some point I read that there is a class action lawsuit now. I wonder what the outcome will be.

Do you know if late 2011 machines are affected (I have one with 6750M)?
Sorry to break it to you but that and the 17 inch version from the same refresh are the only ones it applies to. There were some NVIDIA equipped machines from previous generations that had similar problems and we haven't seen any widespread problems with any of the later graphics cards yet.
 

RKO

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Yes sorry I misinterpreted the OPs question... I read it as "can I at least use it with an external display..."
The OP didn't mention that the internal display wasn't working but I am assuming that by asking about "radeongate" and using an external display that the internal display is affected.


Thanks. At some point I read that there is a class action lawsuit now. I wonder what the outcome will be.
Many need their MBP's professionally as graphics artists, musicians etc so I hope for their sake it doesn't take too long.

Do you know if late 2011 machines are affected (I have one with 6750M)?
On the link I posted to the Apple Support Communities, if you search through the 801 pages there are posts for both the early and late 2011 15"/17" MPB with "radeongate" issues.
 

Flabasha

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My late-2011 15" is going strong with no problems - but I have the hi-res screen and the 6770. Anyone know if the 6770 has been immune to problems, or am I on borrowed time?
 

Samuelsan2001

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Good news

Looks like a repair program with a refund program for those who already paid has been put in place.
 

lympero

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If my laptop breaks after 3 months for example, will I be able to repair for free or this programme is only available for limited time?
 

maflynn

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But will the new logic board have same soldering?
I'd say it only kicks the can down the road. When they introduced the same sort of repair program for older MBPs with failing GPUs, it was only a temporary solution, i.e., the GPU would fail again in the future.