Thin Green Line On MBP Screen-Help?

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  1. Beantown macrumors member

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    Hey guys, just the other day I opened my laptop to find a thin green line run from the top of the screen down to the bottom. It's towards the left side. I don't know how it got there, what it is, or anything about it. I've tried restarting my computer, turning it off, etc..Any advice on how to get rid of it or what it means would be helpful. Thanks.:apple:
     
  2. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    It's either a problem with the LCD itself or the graphics card starting to die. By chance, do you have an MBP with the 8600GT?
     
  3. Beantown thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks.

    And I have no idea...how would I find out?
     
  4. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    Click on the apple in the top left-hand corner of the screen -> Select 'About This Mac' -> Select 'More Info' -> Click on Graphics/Displays in the sidebar on the left, and it should tell you what graphics card(s) are installed :)
     
  5. Beantown thread starter macrumors member

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    GeForce 8600M GT...Thats what it says, whats' that mean..?
     
  6. Beantown thread starter macrumors member

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    So would you guys suggest bringing into Apple to take a look at or what?
     
  7. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

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    The 8600M GT is prone to failing. Go to an Apple Store.
     
  8. Beantown thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, thanks. Will they charge me or is it free? And do they take it for a while or is it an on-the-spot repair?

    Thanks.
     
  9. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

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    Should be free provided it is the GPU

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ts2377
     
  10. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Every 8600M GT is defective and will fail sooner then later. Apple extended the warranty on machines with the 8600M GT and will replace it (sometimes giving customers a brand new up-to-date machine).
     
  11. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

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    Didn't Nvidia fix the issue with the 8600M replacements?
     
  12. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Not that I could ever tell. At work (Apple repair tech, local authorized dealer, left a few months ago) we would continue to get in 8600 machines with the same GPU issue over and over again (Now the big thing is 8800GS iMacs failing left and right).
     
  13. Beantown thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the help guys. I'll bring it in soon. That'd be sweet if they just gave me a brand new laptop...but how would they transfer all of my data and stuff over?
     
  14. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    There's a nifty little program on your Mac called Migration Assistant, that will easily allow them to hook up a cable between the two computers and transfer all the data.
     

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