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.
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 leading Mac repair specialist in Melbourne; we can diagnose the problem for you and provide a free quote.
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. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us along with your MacBook model and fault description. Our experienced staff will call you to discuss your options in detail.
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 its 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 $360 for MacBook Pro 2011 15-inch and $420 for MacBook Pro 2011 17-inch.
We have a permanent solution to the MacBook Pro 2011 graphics card issue. We 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 noticeable 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, your 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 costly task, you will not be 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.
These MacBook Pro 2011 graphics card fixes are $320 for MacBook Pro 2011 15-inch and $370 for MacBook Pro 2011 17-inch.
We can upgrade the logic board of the 15" MacBook Pro 2011 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 2012 logic board can fit nicely in the case of the 2011 MacBook Pro. The cost of this service is $660. Unfortunately, there is no upgrade option for the 17" MacBook Pro 2011.
This option will only apply to the Macbook Pro 15 inch 2012-14 MacBook Pro Retina model A1398. The costs are $600 for MacBook Pro 15 inch 2012 and $650 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.
The 15" MacBook Pro 2012 with retina screen also has graphics card problems but is 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 a reliable power supply to the Nvidia GPU. The common symptom is that the Mac will chime but no display.
The cost of a 15" MacBook Pro 2012 GPU fix is $370.
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 a reliable power supply to the video RAM. The GPU relies on the video RAM to store the graphics data, so the GPU will not function properly. The common symptoms are intermittent crash, auto reboot and black screen.
The cost of a 15" MacBook Pro 2010 GPU fix is $320.
Graphics card failures are also widespread in iMac 2009-2011 models. If you are looking for iMac graphics card repair/replacement, please visit iMac Repair.
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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 in the logic board that cause the lines on the screen.
My 12" 2015 MacBook has a white screen. Is this a GPU issue?
This model has no dedicated GPU chip, 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 due to overheating 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 rarely output horizontal lines. The MacBook pro horizontal lines are usually caused by a faulty screen, faulty screen connector, or 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 to easily find out what is at fault by connecting a known working screen to your MacBook.
How long is the warranty?
A 90-day return-to-base warranty covers all our work.
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.