MacBook Pro GPU Repair

If your MacBook Pro has symptoms of black screen, white screen, grey screen, vertical lines on the screen or just stuck on the loading screen, you most likely have a MacBook Pro graphics card issue. The photo below shows a typical screen display of MacBook Pro GPU failure.

MacBook Pro faulty GPU

If your MacBook Pro has horizontal lines on the screen, you most likely have a faulty screen or connector. Your MacBook Pro GPU should be fine. IT-Tech Online is a MacBook repair specialist, we can diagnose the problem for you and provide a free quote.

MacBook Pro 2011 graphics card fix

MacBook Pro 2011 GPU failure is widespread on the 15′" and 17" MacBook Pro 2011 models. We have developed a hardware solution to solve the problems permanently. We will remove the poor quality AMD GPU and rewire the LCD screen directly to the Intel intergraded graphics chip. 

Since we rolled out this MacBook Pro 2011 GPU fix service in December 2016 when Apple ends the GPU recall program, we have done more than a thousand units with no single return for a second repair, no firmware upgrade issues, no PRAM reset issues and no software compatibility issues. It is the best permanent solution to the widespread 2011 MacBook Pro graphics card issue.

There are a few options for the MacBook Pro 2011 GPU repair. Please contact us along with your MacBook model and fault description. Our experienced staff will call you to discuss your options in details.

Option 1: MacBook Pro 2011 Graphics Card Replacement

This MacBook Pro 2011 GPU fix is to replace the AMD graphics chip. It is impossible to use the newer GPU on the old logic board without radically altering the logic board design. The economical and practical option is to use the original GPU to replace the faulty GPU. In fact, it is the temporary solution adopted by Apple in its faulty GPU recall program in 2016. The repaired MacBooks will fail again between 6-18 months due to the poor quality of the GPUs. We have a better solution, therefore we do NOT recommend replacing the GPU. 

However, if you have a special requirement to keep the GPU, we will replace the GPU for you. The costs of replacing the faulty GPU are $350 for MacBook Pro 2011 15-inch and $400 for MacBook Pro 2011 17-inch.

Option 2: Graphics Card MacBook Pro 2011 Removal

This MacBook Pro 2011 graphics card fix is to remove the GPU and connect the LCD screen directly to the Intel integrated graphics chip. Your logic board will use the more reliable Intel graphics chip all the time. This is the best and permanent solution to fix the MacBook Pro GPU failure.

The repaired Mac laptop will run up to 20 degrees cooler, prolonging the life of your Mac computer. There are no noticed differences when you surf the internet, Skype, watch YouTube videos, watch DVD/Blu-ray high definition videos, and so on. However, if you want to play games or do video editing, you Mac will run slower as the intergraded Intel graphics chip is not as powerful as the dedicated AMD graphics chip.

Also, as Apple disabled the external graphics function of the Intel integrated graphics chip by design and restoring this function is a time-consuming and very expensive task, you will not able to connect to an external monitor via the Mini display port. If your application needs an external monitor, you can purchase a USB to HDMI converter and install software such as DisplayLink. We have a demo machine connected to an external monitor in our store. Feel free to try it out.

The costs of these MacBook Pro 2011 graphics card fix are $320 for MacBook Pro 2011 15-inch and $370 for MacBook Pro 2011 17-inch.

15" MacBook Pro 2011 logic board GPU repair

​​Option 3: MacBook Pro 2011 Logic Board Upgrade

The logic board of 15" MacBook Pro 2011 can be upgraded to the 2012 model. The 15" MacBook Pro 2012 with a non-retina screen is equipped with a much more reliable Nvidia GPU. After basic modification, the logic board of the 2012 model can be fitted nicely in the case of the 2011 model. The cost of this service is $650. Unfortunately, there is no upgrade option for the 17" MacBook Pro 2011.

Option 4: Replacement Logic Board Macbook Pro

This option will only apply to the Macbook Pro 15 inch  2012-13 MacBook Pro Retina model A1398. The costs are $650 for MacBook Pro 15 inch 2012 and $700 for MacBook Pro 15 inch 2013. We also stock limited logic boards for MacBook Pro 15 inch 2015, please call us to check for availability.

MacBook Pro 2012 graphics card fix

The 15" MacBook Pro 2012 with retina screen also has graphics card problems but not as common as the 2011 model. This 2012 MacBook Pro comes with an Nvidia GPU. Unlike the 2011 MacBook Pro, the graphics problem is NOT caused by the GPU. The graphics issue is caused by the power management circuit failing to deliver reliable power supply to the Nvidia GPU. The common symptom is that the Mac will chime but no display.

The cost of 15" MacBook Pro 2012 GPU fix is $370.

MacBook Pro 2010 graphics card fix

The 15" MacBook Pro 2010 also has graphics card problems. This 2010 MacBook Pro comes with an Nvidia GPU. The GPU panic issue is caused by the power management circuit failing to deliver reliable power supply to the video RAM. As the GPU relies on the video RAM to store the graphics data, the GPU will not function properly. The common symptoms are intermittent crash, auto reboot and black screen.

The cost of 15" MacBook Pro 2010 GPU fix is $320.

Graphics card failures are also very common in iMac 2009-2011 models. If you are looking for iMac graphics card repair/replacement, please visit iMac Repair.

Testimonials - Customers Feedback on Google Reviews

We are very proud of our 5-star rating on Google Reviews and we always work hard to maintain the top rating by providing excellent services to every customer. Check out all our customers’ comments on Google Reviews.

I had a GPU fault on my Macbook Pro which made it shut down at odd times and finally it would not boot at all. I was very sad. I spoke to Frances on the phone, she walked me through the repair process and the price, everything was very clearly communicated. I posted my Macbook Pro to Frances that day, she fixed it and now I am writing this review on my amazingly resurrected Macbook 🙂 ... read more

Nick Buckmaster

I took my 2011 Macbook Pro laptop to be repaired by IT Tech - for the Apple acknowledged GPU issue. Frances was terrific in diagnosing the issue that required a fix for the GPU problem, as well as moving from a corrupted HDD to a new 1TB SSD. The repair was completed quickly, the files migrated across successfully to the new SSD and the machine is running better and faster than it ever has since new. The communication, diagnosis and... read more

Andrew Jose

After years of faultless use on my 2011 MacBook Pro 15 inch, I recently encountered a problem when I turned it on. The screen was reversed and the display looked like it was 'possessed'. I took my MacBook to our local Apple Store, only to be told by the Geek that the MacBook was vintage and there was no possibility of repair. They would however be happy to recycle it and were even happier to sell me another MacBook for... read more

Mark Howitt-Steven

Brilliant brilliant brilliant!! Right from the first phone call, Frances helped inspire confidence that she could help. She quickly identified the problem, explained that she would replace Logic Board & do further upgrade. I wanted a new keyboard too. Frances’s costs were better than competitive. I felt incredibly happy I could salvage my special laptop - my little baby!! I’d especially be able to still use everything I loved about it before, like playing my Dvd library collection, still being... read more

Lisa Wraight

Frances & Carl did an amazing job repairing my 2011 Macbook Pro!This is the model that is renowned for having GPU (graphics chip problems) Apple had told me that this "Vintage" machine is too old & can't be repaired! Well Frances & Carl repaired it! They really know what makes these machines tick & were able to bypass the cancerous GPU using the perfectly capable Intel GPU on the logic board. It's great to have professionals working on it, as... read more

James Vincent

I had been driving past IT-Tech Online a few times and noticed their shop front signs saying, we can fix your Apple Mac. I have a 2011 MacBook Pro that was coffee damaged back in 2012. - It was apparently fixed... but this was the case. The laptop powered up but nothing happened after that. After a short email to IT-Tech Online, I had a call back from Frances confirming to bring my MacBook in and they would take a... read more

Lisette Deumer

Frequently Asked Questions:

What causes the MacBook Pro graphics card failure?

Overheating! The GPU generates a lot of heat under heavy load. The cooling system is responsible for keeping the GPU at its proper operating temperature. If the cooling system partially or completely fails, the GPU will inevitably fail along with it

My 13" 2011 MacBook Pro has lines on the screen, is this a GPU issue?

No. There is no dedicated  AMD or Nvidia GPU chip in this model. The integrated Intel graphics chip is very reliable although also less powerful. You may have a faulty screen or other faults cause the lines on the screen.

My 12" 2015 MacBook has a white screen, is this a GPU issue?

Most likely. There is no dedicated GPU chip in this model and the graphics processing capability is integrated into the CPU. This low-end Intel CPU is not reliable. There is no cooling fan in this 12" MacBook, as a result, CPU failure is a widespread problem for this model. The best permanent solution is to replace the CPU and increase the size of the CPU heatsink. A better cooling system is the key to solve the problem.

My 2011 MacBook Pro has horizontal lines on the screen, is this a GPU issue?

Most likely not. A faulty GPU often outputs vertical lines video, but almost never output horizontal lines. The MacBook pro horizontal lines are caused the faulty screen, faulty screen connector or faulty screen cable. If the colour of the horizontal line is red or blue, you most likely have a physical damage screen. We have spare screens for all models so we can easily find out what is at fault by connecting a known working screen to your MacBook.

How long is the warranty?

All our work is covered by a 90-day return-to-base warranty.

What if I am not in Melbourne?

About half of our customers are outside Melbourne. You can post your MacBook to us and add $30 for return express postage and insurance.

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