Vertical Stripes at boot then black screen

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Cams, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. Cams macrumors regular

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    I have a MacBook Pro with Leopard. On boot, I get a screen of vertical blue stripes with the Apple logo, sometimes intact, sometimes split across the stripes. The spinning activity wheel is there too. After about 30 seconds, it gives up the ghost and the screen goes blank. It's still powered on, but just the screen is blank.

    I've attached an image of what the screen looks like.

    I've tried Command Option PR to reset the PRAM and VRAM but the problem remains. Any ideas?

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  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    There are a variety of MBP models since the introduction of that computer in 2006.

    So what MBP do you have?

    It seems like a logic board or, more likely, a graphic cards failure.

    If it is the one with 8600M GT card, Apple has issued a replacement policy, even if you're out of warranty.
     
  3. Cams thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's a 15-inch Penryn. Not sure what the video card is and I can't check since it won't boot. I have the original disks so is there some test I can do that will help me?

    It's out of warranty.
     
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    There is a hardware test which you can try with the restore DVDs.
    Look here for instructions: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1509 .

    Look here to further identify your system: http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/index-macbookpro.html based on date of original purchase.
    The Penryn system architecture was used for a while, so there is more than graphic card that has been used with those models.

    If it is the model with the 8600M GT, you are eligible to get the card replaced, even out of warranty.
     
  5. Cams thread starter macrumors regular

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    I didn't realise it needed to be install disks for the actual model. This is a friend's MBP. I've got Macbook and iMac disks for 10.4 and a CPU Drop-in DVD for 10.5. No MBP disks :( It just spat mine out.

    Thanks for the help. That everymac site is a good one to know about.
     
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    It's a penryn like mine, you're covered by an extended warranty on the logic board, your graphics card is dead, bring it in to apple and they'll replace it free.
     

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