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Title:

2011 Mac mini GPU failed (Radeon 6630M) - repair options?

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Recently my mac mini failed critically  while streaming videos.  The screen started garbling, then went a weird pink colour.  Now it wont fully boot, after showing the apple logo with the boot progress bar for a few seconds it flashes to a white screen with some faint vertical banding.

I managed to disabled the discrete GPU (Radeon 6630M) and now it boots to desktop but the graphics are pretty awful using the integrated GPU.

My options seem to be:

1. Try to 'reflow' the chip.  However, it seems this would only be a temporary fix.  Or can anyone recommend a high quality repair service that could fix it in a more permanent way?  (reball the chip?)

2. Replace logic board.  Second hand logic board $150 to $200 on ebay.  Some risk that it would fail again.

3. Buy a new system (most expensive, $800ish for comparable specs).

Anyone else faced this?  Any other options to consider?

If you reflow/reballed, how long did it last?

Device:

Mac Mini Mid 2011

Status:

open

Accepted Answer:

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Original post by: Ben ,

Title:

2011 Mac mini GPU failed (Radeon 6630M) - repair options?

Text:

Recently my mac mini failed critically  while streaming videos.  The screen started garbling, then went a weird pink colour.  Now it wont fully boot, after showing the apple logo with the boot progress bar for a few seconds it flashes to a white screen with some faint vertical banding.

I managed to disabled the discrete GPU (Radeon 6630M) and now it boots to desktop but the graphics are pretty awful using the integrated GPU.

My options seem to be:

1. Try to 'reflow' the chip.  However, it seems this would only be a temporary fix.  Or can anyone recommend a high quality repair service that could fix it in a more permanent way?  (reball the chip?)

2. Replace logic board.  Second hand logic board $150 to $200 on ebay.  Some risk that it would fail again.

3. Buy a new system (most expensive, $800ish for comparable specs).

Anyone else faced this?  Any other options to consider?

If you reflow/reballed, how long did it last?

Device:

Mac Mini Mid 2011

Status:

open