Video Problem, 2.2ghz 8600 128mb

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ahetherington, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. ahetherington macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2008
    Hey all

    I've got a mac, 2 weeks out of warranty :( and just today it started failing on me. I first noticed something up when i had a little pressure on the hinge from one leg when it was on my lap and the screen started jumping up and down. I picked it up and it stopped. I made note and it would do it occasionally. Today however, I opened it up, the screen was black and the in the middle of all the edges it started fading to gray. The picture of my desktop would appear but not display what was changing on my desktop (mouse movement etc). It will flicker and get all hazy and then snap back to normal and then get all hazy and jump around. I shut it down and turned it on like an hour later, it had a better image but would not stop jumping up and down. Now, it jumps, but if I move the screen back and forth, sometimes it stops sometimes it doesnt. Totally weird problem, and right when i decided to post, I saw the post about all the 8600gt chips being defective. I contacted apple and they said there is nothing they will do- they want 2028.00 to fix it!!!!! Any advice? Is it my video card?

    Thanks a ton in advance!!!!
  2. gr8bob macrumors regular

    May 16, 2008
    Sounds more like a problem with the LCD (or its connection) rather than the GPU to me.
  3. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Agreed. It sounds like you could have a bad data display cable. These are a PITA to fix yourself, BTW. Apple is probably quoting you an entirely new screen with installation labor.

    In a more rare instance that it's actually the GPU at fault, you're kind of SOL for the time being. It's an NVIDIA problem that hasn't been rectified and plus, Steve Jobs (and essentially every other computer manufacturer affected by this) is taking the standpoint of "there's nothing wrong."

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