Video problem?!?!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by atomicbop, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. atomicbop macrumors newbie

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    Well, I'm not sure where to post this. It's more of a wtf than a question.

    I was browsing the internet, not doing anything major, put the computer to sleep, came back 10 minutes later... black screen.

    I messed with it for an hour or so and determined that the video card went bad (I'm guessing. It's a mid 2007 macbook pro with the nvidia geforce 8600m. My secondary monitor remains black as well). In the midst of totally freaking out, I decided to activate the voiceover utility, enable screen sharing (after figuring out a slew of keyboard commands I didn't know about), and logged in from my girlfriends computer.

    I immediately closed all the windows and applications that I had inadvertently opened during the blind wtf session, and opened up system profiler to see if it is recognizing a video card. Well, it is! It's listing the video card as a GMA x3100!

    I guess my question is, why the hell is it doing that? Is there a secondary card in there? Cause if there is, it's not working either. Or is that just a default they would put in if it doesn't recognize a video card? Doesn't seem likely. Or, because I'm using screen sharing, is it picking up my girlfriends card? It's not, because she's using a GMA 950. Maybe it's splitting the difference? Weird.

    Anyway, just thought I'd share. Has anyone else had this problem? I have an appointment at the Apple Store. Hopefully they upgrade my card. I don't want this problem when my warranty runs out.
     
  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Yes, that is the 8600M issue. Your machine has a GMA X3100, it is built into the Northbridge. It is using that as a fallback, or at least thinks it is. Go to your Genius appointment, they'll swap the logic board for one that has a GPU from after the manufacturing fixes were done.
     

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