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NVIDIA Strikes MacBook Pro

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The distorted video problems introduced by NVIDIA on MacBook Pro is old news because it affected early 2008 machines. Alas, those intermittent little gray lines at the bottom of my MacBook Pro early 2008 model now transcend my screen 4 out of 5 boot cycles, as shown below:

The screen shot from the MacBook Pro shows the image is fine when emailed to another machine. As Pooh Bear (my daughter’s favorite) would say, “Oh, bother …”

Now I’m urgently moving all files over to other media. That includes conference presentations, code, and several VMs.

While waiting on the USB transfers, I checked out what it might run to fix it and ran into this Apple Support page. It basically says my inaction at the annoyance during my AppleCare period, which just lapsed in July, won’t make it my problem. That’s because I’m within the extended 4 year window from date of purchase.

Living in Eastern Idaho has a number of perks, like the environment and community. It does have some downsides, like a 250 miles drive to the nearest Apple Store.
It looks like I’ll be making a little drive to Salt Lake City next week.

Actually got this fixed at the University’s help desk. Apple sent the exact same logic board that it had previously, and guess what the bars are hemming me in now intermittently. Ouch!

A little more research and it appears that this may be related to the Black Vertical Lines on MacBook Pro 15″ Display and from MacRumor’s archive. It’s odd there’s no recall on the monitor. Maybe that’s because Apple would pay for it, and NVIDIA paid for the other?

As with every purchase in technology, there’s an upside and downside. Clearly, the failure drove me to opt for the less expensive 13″ MacBook Pro upgrade with a 2.8 GHz CPU, 8 GB of memory, and 750 MB harddisk. I’ll probably avoid ever purchasing the leading, and pricier, Apple technology again.

Written by maclochlainn

November 14th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

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  1. I had this same problem with my old Intel Macbook Pro. I always figured that some of my backlight LEDs were going out. It would get fixed after a little while, but it was rather annoying.

    Diego Carrion

    15 Nov 11 at 10:00 am

  2. You may be able to take it to SimplyMac on Hitt Road near Sunnyside in Idaho Falls. They do AppleCare warranty work. And they are fabulous to work with. I’d try them before driving to SLC.

    Michael Farmer

    15 Nov 11 at 10:11 am

  3. Michael, I actually found out after posting that the university help desk also serves as an authorized repair center. They fixed it on Tuesday evening, and everything works. However, it’s out of AppleCare, so I got a new one too.


    24 Nov 11 at 11:37 am

  4. I had this problem (on snow leopard), they said it was $400 to fix. I decided to ignore it unless the computer completely broke. Later I upgraded to mountain lion and it stopped. Don’t know why, don’t really care.
    And if my computer decides it needs to start again since I said something about it, it shall be thrown out a 10 story window.


    22 Aug 12 at 2:37 pm

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