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I had a response from Dan to my initial Question….

Dan says: “Sadly your GPU is gone. Look at it this way three years ago we saw most of these systems die as they had a defect in the GPU Apple Admits Nvidia GPU Defect In Some MacBook Pros. While it might be possible to cook your logic board to give your system a bit more life (mostly to recover your files) it will be short lived ;-{

Time for a new system - Sorry”

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I purchased the MacBook Pro directly from Apple as a refurbished unit.

The Graphics card that came with my unit is supposedly the NVidia GeForce 8600m GT.  It was found to be defective and there was a lawsuit.  MacBook Pro owners eligible for free repair in NVidia lawsuit settlement.  “MacBook Pro owners who bought a laptop with an NVidia graphics processor in 2007 and 2008 may be eligible for free repairs as part of a settlement agreement for a class-action lawsuit.”

I like my laptop and I use it both for Mac and Windows with the Intel Processor.  I think the free repair offer expired the end of 2012, but I will try and find out if the offer still applies.

Questions:

Is there a way to know/test if it is just the Graphics Card or the Logic Board too?  Is the Logic Board the same as a Mother Board?

Is there an on-board video card in the laptop that can somehow be switched on to become the primary video to neutralize the NVidia card and its problems?

If I chose to purchase a new video card and or logic board for my laptop, which (current) model(s) would work with my unit and what would be the estimated cost for the part(s) and an estimated repair price/time?

Which would be less expensive – Repair or Replace?

Is there a way to transition/remove all the data on the hard drive (both Mac and Windows) in its present state?  If so, how would I do it?

Should I let a professional handle the data removal from the hard drive as well as any possible repair(s)?  Is it worth contacting an Apple Store and talking to the “Geniuses” or contact Apple Technical Support?

Lastly, any other recommendations for a specialist/repair person to contact to discuss?  I live in Los Angeles on the west side of the San Fernando Valley.

Thank You!

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I can answer five of your questions.

  1. Yes, the Logic Board is the same thing as a Motherboard. I personally don't know why it's named a "logic board" instead of a mobo. The picture you provided tells me that you can be 100% sure it is the discrete (NVIDIA) GPU that is failing. The rest of the components on the board should be fine.
  2. Data recovery from a SATA drive is easy. Buy the enclosure I have linked to below, remove the hard drive using the guide I have linked to below. Once you have removed the hard drive, place it inside the enclosure and plug it into a computer (doesn't matter what OS) and you can then view the files inside the drive as if you were viewing files in a USB drive. You may have to do some digging thru folders and directories, though.
  3. If you were to take your MBP to an Apple Store you would be laughed at because of how old this machine is. Apple won’t touch your machine, unless you are having them throw it in the trash. Apple Tech Support won’t be much help either. They will just tell you to buy a new machine and toss your old machine.
  4. If you are looking for a professional to repair your device, I believe @mayer has a mail-in program for fixing broken Macs. His e-mail is mayer@door.net if you are interested.
  5. Repair would be much cheaper than replacing your device by far. Just visit Apple’s website and see the outrageous prices for their new machines and you will see what I mean.

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@hyqo Thanks for the recommendation. Yes I can do it. Would just need to know what type of device the data needs to be transfer to. If a new Mac, then a USB C drive, that could be used as a Time Machine backup drive in the future.

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@mayer No problem. I see you have a five star rating on Google so I thought why not. I also noticed on your profile you had a mail-in program (Aaron mentioned that earlier this week too) and I thought that would work perfectly for you.

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