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Selsk

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Yesterday I turned on my 6-core with d500s and was greeted with these screens. I’m assuming it’s a fried video card. I’ve tested everything and tried all the usual tricks. Not booting. No apple care and they say it’s $467 to diagnose. I’m just wondering if anyone had had any experience with repairs on their 6,1. How costly is it going to be etc if it is a video card. I see on eBay a d500 is like $300 so I’m just trying to find an economical way to get back up and running. I have to travel soon for work and was planning on bringing the Mac Pro but I think I’m just going to buy a M1 MacBook Pro for the trip and figure out how to fix the trashcan later. Thanks for your input.
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h9826790

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You better buy the M1, there is no guarantee that you can fix the 6,1, or the 6,1 may breaks again during the trip.

Anyway, if you can take the 6,1 to work, why not buy the M1 mini? That has more build-in ports (e.g. HDMI), may be more convenience.
 
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Selsk

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You better buy the M1, there is no guarantee that you can fix the 6,1, or the 6,1 may breaks again during the trip.

Anyway, if you can take the 6,1 to work, why not buy the M1 mini? That has more build-in ports (e.g. HDMI), may be more convenience.
Thanks for your reply. Well apple can definitely fix it, I’m just wondering what the $hock is going to be like. If they are like,”yea it’s going to be $1200 to repair” then that would suck. It’s a great computer and I’m going to eventually probably send it in.

I’ve been researching MacBook pros and initially I was all set on the M1. But the more I think about it, I’m now leaning towards a 16” i9 with the 5500m 8gb gpu amd 32 gigs of ram. Quite a bit more expensive but seems worth it to me. Editing photos won’t be so fun on a 13” M1. And it can’t natively run dual monitors like I use in my office. Also in my downtime I like to load up windows and play a few games, which is impossible on the M1. I know the MacBook pros are rumored for a refresh this year but that’s they way it always goes with buying a Mac. Something better right around the corner. I’m sure I could get a solid 5 years out of the intel i9 16”.

I thought about the mini but it’s kind of the same boat. The portability is great, just like my trashcan but then you are always worrying about a monitor. A laptop would be a nice addition to my Mac Pro desktop, or actually probably take it over as it’s showing it’s age.
 

DFP1989

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I’ve got a 16-inch MBP and a base M1 Air, and I’ve been using them both depending on the situation.

I mainly pull out the 16-inch for photo editing, the screen really is so much more usable.

For FCP I’ve been using the M1 Air with EasyRes to give me the full 2560x1600 resolution without the Retina look.
 
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motion777

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I have similar configuration as yours. About a year ago I had had one of my GPU’s replaced after analysis in the Apple store. The cost of the replacement was around 350 Euros and they did not charge extra for the analysis. The repair was done in 48 hours and it worked with no issues since then. Maybe call the and ask in advance about the cost of such a replacement?
Good luck with solving your problem!
 

Selsk

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I have similar configuration as yours. About a year ago I had had one of my GPU’s replaced after analysis in the Apple store. The cost of the replacement was around 350 Euros and they did not charge extra for the analysis. The repair was done in 48 hours and it worked with no issues since then. Maybe call the and ask in advance about the cost of such a replacement?
Good luck with solving your problem!
Thanks man, this is the best case scenario I am hoping for!
 

th0masp

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I have similar configuration as yours. About a year ago I had had one of my GPU’s replaced after analysis in the Apple store. The cost of the replacement was around 350 Euros and they did not charge extra for the analysis. The repair was done in 48 hours and it worked with no issues since then.

Sounds reasonable! Would you mind telling us which country this was - and what model of GPU was replaced at that cost? D300 or D500?

I think I’m just going to buy a M1 MacBook Pro for the trip and figure out how to fix the trashcan later. Thanks for your input.
If you can be sure that there won't be any compatibility issues with the M1 then this seems like the best way forward. Else perhaps pick up an Intel machine instead? I would imagine there are some teething issues with M1 at present.
 

Selsk

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Sounds reasonable! Would you mind telling us which country this was - and what model of GPU was replaced at that cost? D300 or D500?


If you can be sure that there won't be any compatibility issues with the M1 then this seems like the best way forward. Else perhaps pick up an Intel machine instead? I would imagine there are some teething issues with M1 at present.

Yea, the more I thought about it and researched...I'm going to get a loaded 16" i9 with the 5600m. The M1 is very attractive for a lot of reasons but I want a 16" display for editing photos and well, the GPU can't be beat. Plus, windows bootcamp, and dual monitor support.
 

th0masp

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Yea, the more I thought about it and researched...I'm going to get a loaded 16" i9 with the 5600m. The M1 is very attractive for a lot of reasons but I want a 16" display for editing photos and well, the GPU can't be beat. Plus, windows bootcamp, and dual monitor support.
I had some feedback from colleagues about the 16 inch and basically it appears to run quite hot in the upper end configurations. There have been at least three heat-related fatalities reported within my circle of contacts so far.

If this is strictly about having a capable work laptop as a quick replacement for the Trashcan on a trip then why not. But it does not seem like a keeper, at least to me.
 

Selsk

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I had some feedback from colleagues about the 16 inch and basically it appears to run quite hot in the upper end configurations. There have been at least three heat-related fatalities reported within my circle of contacts so far.

If this is strictly about having a capable work laptop as a quick replacement for the Trashcan on a trip then why not. But it does not seem like a keeper, at least to me.
I have read that, it seems like they have remedied the problem. Also the previous top card, the 5500m ran really hot. The new top 5600m just came out and uses HBM2 memory and runs much cooler. But, I guess we shall see.
 

startergo

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I had some feedback from colleagues about the 16 inch and basically it appears to run quite hot in the upper end configurations. There have been at least three heat-related fatalities reported within my circle of contacts so far.
Same can be said for the MBP11,2 and 11,3 which are 7-8 years old. The basic 2gHz model is running cool. Then you go for the 2.5gHz DG or the 2.8 IG and they run hot as hell. Just typing on it gets me arround 54-67C. Since I use MFC I always hear the fans going crazy once in a wile to keep the 53-62C range. The situation is the same for the 15,1. Basically lets conclude:
There is one common body.
Until ARM was released you can put so much Intel clock speed in that case before it overheats.
It looks like 2-2,2gHz Intel is about right for the body. More than that is a killer...
 
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