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17-inch unibody MacBook Pro hit with graphics errors

updated 03:15 pm EST, Thu March 5, 2009

17-inch MBP video errors

Some buyers of the recent 17-inch unibody MacBook Pro have been experiencing a severe graphics error, discussion at Apple's support forums suggests. The error manifests mainly in the form of green lines, though these can be accompanied by speckles. It also appears to be independent of a specific application, though it is thought to be more likely to occur during intense functions such as gaming.

Apple has yet to make an official statement, but the company is said to be offering affected people a replacement notebook. The source of the difficulty may be NVIDIA's GeForce 9600M card; switching to integrated 9400M graphics offers a temporary solution, and similar issues have plagued earlier NVIDIA-based MacBooks. If true, it may be possible to resolve the problem through a future firmware update.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Is it Leopard...?

    ... I am experiencing intermittent 'speckles' on the older style of macbook pro 17 and was assuming a conflict - anyone else?

  1. robban

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gfx card problems

    Wow, looks like dual graphics is plagued with nothing but problem so far.
    I've seen ten 15" MBP:s with the "black screen with looping audio problem" (has 5 mm of colorful stripes under the menu and black under that). Many say it's only with [Windows] games but it can happen everywhere, more often under load playing compressed video etc or after monitor sleep.
    With the 15" it's the opposite - never happen with graphics set to best performance.

  1. CobraNT

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think Apple needs to ditch NVIDIA. My MB Pro 17" was / is plagued with video issues, now the new one is also.....very disappointing.....

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  1. Monstermind

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not exactly...

    ... inspiring confidence. NVIDIA's the Barack Obama of graphic card makers.

  1. G4_Kessel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Leopard = GPU Tester

    To be perfectly honest with everyone, I think Leopard's eye candy being offloaded to the GPU has been plagued with issues since day one. Nvidia or ATI... it doesn't matter. I've seen these glitches on both. In fact, my ATI X1900 had to be replaced as soon I installed Leopard. If a video card has the slightest defect, Leopard will expose it. Is that called a feature? LOL!

  1. WalterC

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Problems satisfying the huge 17" egos.

    Mentioning the President in relationship to a computer flaw reveals deep seated insecurity as to one's sexual abilities.

  1. countach

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Mentioning the insecurity of one's sexual abilities as a response to mentioning the President in relationship to a computer flaw is a sure indicator of advanced delusionary schizophrenia with involuntary narcissistic rage.

  1. sdfalk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Thank God for Macnn.
    Where Pseudo intellectuals can discuss sexual insecurities,
    computer glitches, complain about there elected officials,
    whilst vomiting up a thesaurus all at the same time.
    Monstermind, WalterC, guys are funny.
    You'd all find a way to discuss Obama, without actually
    coming right out and saying it.

  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Leopard = GPU Tester

    The GPU is there to be used. I have a hard time blaming Leopard for exposing the flaws in the chip, and the fact that it would appear flawless if you never used it is not particularly comforting.

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