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shoulda bought a mac?

March 12, 2019, 7:55 p.m.
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If you're on the Shore try Mac Place on Lonsdale at 2nd. They're good.

March 12, 2019, 9:11 p.m.
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Posted by: Endur-Bro

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Have a late 2011 MBP.

At startup the MBP shows the apple logo and load bar. The screen is a mix of white horizontal bars across the screen. Load bar won’t progress to login screen. Goes grey/white afterwards.

Is the GPU toast?

Yes, GPU toast, pretty amazing yours lasted this long, it's a known problem with that model. Mine started failing in 2015. Had to buy a new one as I rely on it for work.

However, there is a hack to disable the GPU and run on the secondary graphics chip full time. I did this on my old 2011 and my wife is still using it to this day. The only thing it can't do anymore is 3D stuff, but everything else works.

Don't remember exactly what I did but found this link in my bookmarks, I think that was one of the pages describing the hack/fix:

It's pretty hardcore geek level, so only attempt if you know what you are doing. On the other hand, you got nothing to lose ;-)

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March 12, 2019, 9:55 p.m.
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Haha. Eff me. Exciting time to be myself.

March 13, 2019, 8:31 a.m.
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Joined: June 17, 2016

May still be worth checking in with an independent repair shop, it could be just weak soldering.

March 13, 2019, 8:35 p.m.
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^Weak solder is my first choice. Then I’ll go from there. 


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