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+ - GPUs Dropping Dead in 2011 MacBook Pro Models 3

Submitted by blackwizard
blackwizard (62282) writes "MacRumors is reporting on pervasive GPU failures in 2011 MacBook Pro machines, leading both to intermittent video issues, corruption, crashing/freezing, and eventually even failure to boot. Luckily for Apple, the machines are now out of out-of-warranty machines (unless you bought AppleCare). The issues have been reported both on Apple's own forums and other blogs. Apple has so far failed to take action on the problem. Will they take ownership of the issue, or continue to ask customers to pay for an entire new logic board when just the GPU fails? Is it fair for customers to pay exorbitant repair prices when manufacturers decide not to build modular hardware?"
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GPUs Dropping Dead in 2011 MacBook Pro Models

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  • how many laptops have replaceable GPUs???? The only noteworthy integrated component of the macbooks was the SSD...nearly every mainstream laptop has a soldered non serviceable GPU, Macbook or not.

    If the GPUs are choking shortly after the warranty that sucks and it could be a concern..."Is it fair for customers to pay exorbitant repair prices when manufacturers decide not to build modular hardware?" this is not...thats the chance you take with a laptop, drop it down the stairs, spill your entire drink on the

    • It has everything to do with those decisions. You make the point about the SSD, which is a good one (though to Apple's credit, the SSD looks like it's actually proprietary, but able to be replaced [ifixit.com]); you have to pay $100 for 16 more lousy gigabytes of flash memory in an iPhone because of decisions like these.

      The point of making that statement wasn't to imply that Apple is wrong because every other manufacturer uses modular components. Obviously that isn't the case. We all know manufacturers have to balance

  • Buyer Beware...

      Is it fair for customers to pay exorbitant repair prices when manufacturers decide not to build modular hardware?

    Yes. If you support these practices with your dollars, then you get what you.... deserve. I choose Android over iphone, although I do like many things about Apple products. But this and related issues are more important to me.

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