Model A1297 Unibody: Early 2009, Mid 2009, Mid 2010 & Late 2011

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Abruptly Shorting Out... Passed All ASD Tests


Macbook Pro

17-in, Mid 2010

2.53GHz i5

8GB 1067MHz DDR3

Intel HD 288MB

OS X.8.5 (12F37)


Picked up this 17-in... which I still have a soft spot for (so very sad to lose the series. been looking to mod a case with new hardware-hackintosh). This mac randomly and abruptly shorts out. No power-off, no kernel panic, nada. Just shorts out. Sometimes it reboots (likely due to a system setting to restart after power-out).

In the past, I've had 3 issues I repeatedly encountered with models from this generation... loose cables shorting the MLB, a damaged HDD that only seems to be affect by "movement" that shorts the computer out, and a graphics chip issue that only seemed to be solved by replacement or reflow.

Before I get cracking... this model passed all ASD tests, with 2 exceptions under the HDD test family. It is SMART verified, but fails SMART attributes testing. Any ideas about this failure and the shorting out??

As always... thanks in advance for everyone's time. Cheers

PS - I am admittedly not a console expert, but I am literate. Didn't see anything out of the ordinary.



Ha!! That's some darn timing for you... Model just shorted out right after posting, and unlike before, a GPU kernel panic popped up in the console log. Looks like this is another GPU-related error. Re-flow/replacement time?? LOL

panic(cpu 0 caller 0xffffff7f86629f1a): "GPU Panic: [<None>] 5 3 7f 0 0 0 0 3 : NVRM[0/1:0:0]: Read Error 0x00000100: CFG 0xffffffff 0xffffffff 0xffffffff, BAR0 0xb2000000 0xffffff80f5a6b000 0x0a5480a2, D0, P0/4\n"@/SourceCache/AppleGraphicsControl/AppleGraphicsControl-3.4.5/src/AppleMuxControl/kext/GPUPanic.cpp:127

Backtrace (CPU 0), Frame : Return Address

0xffffff8119363710 : 0xffffff800441d626

0xffffff8119363780 : 0xffffff7f86629f1a

0xffffff8119363850 : 0xffffff7f84b9cf1e

0xffffff8119363910 : 0xffffff7f84c7112d

0xffffff8119363950 : 0xffffff7f84c7118e

0xffffff81193639c0 : 0xffffff7f84f37ed0

0xffffff8119363af0 : 0xffffff7f84c99a75

0xffffff8119363b10 : 0xffffff7f84ba3d50

0xffffff8119363bc0 : 0xffffff7f84ba17d0

0xffffff8119363dc0 : 0xffffff7f84ba2845

0xffffff8119363ea0 : 0xffffff7f84b3e0a4

0xffffff8119363ef0 : 0xffffff7f865ed0df

0xffffff8119363f40 : 0xffffff7f865ec1e7

0xffffff8119363f60 : 0xffffff800443e25e

0xffffff8119363fb0 : 0xffffff80044b3137

Kernel Extensions in backtrace:[96AE69DE-8A37-39D0-B2D3-D8446A6AA670]@0xffffff7f84b3b000->0xffffff7f84de0fff
















BSD process name corresponding to current thread: kernel_task

Mac OS version:


Kernel version:

Darwin Kernel Version 12.4.0: Wed May 1 17:57:12 PDT 2013; root:xnu-2050.24.15~1/RELEASE_X86_64

Kernel UUID: 896CB1E3-AB79-3DF1-B595-549DFFDF3D36

Kernel slide: 0x0000000004200000

Kernel text base: 0xffffff8004400000

System model name: MacBookPro6,1 (Mac-F22589C8)

System uptime in nanoseconds: 365964494231

last loaded kext at 260696415356: 1.8.1 (addr 0xffffff7f850e6000, size 65536)

loaded kexts: 1.8.1 4.1.4f2 1.9.5d0 1.60 3.0 100.12.87 1.0.2d2 122 2.3.7fc4 2.3.7fc4 8.1.2 4.1.4f2 4.1.4f2 8.1.2 2.0.3d0 2.3.7fc4 8.1.2 170.2.5 3.4.5 1.0.0 3.5.10 1.1.11 1.0.0 1.6.0 8.1.2 1.0.0d1 7.0.0 3.4.5 3.0.3d1 237.1 237.1 237.1 320.15 3.0.1 1.0.0d1 1.0.0d1 34 3.5.5 404 2.3.1 5.5.5 3.6.1b4 4.9.6 2.5.2 615.20.17 5.2.5 5.5.0 161.0.0 1.7 1.7 1.5 1.8 1.9 1.7 1.6 196.0.0 4.0.39 2.1 196.0.0 10.0.6 1.0 2.3.7fc4 1.8.9fc11 1.6 4.1.4f2 8.1.2 2.2.5 1.0.4 1.0.11d0 1.0.0 1.0.11d0 8.1.2 5.3.0d51 2.3.7fc4 2.3.7fc4 86.0.4 4.1.4f2 3.4.5 2.3.7 2.3.7 3.1.4d2 237.3 5.2.5 5.5.5 5.2.5 3.5.5 1.7 1.7.1 1.7.1 2.5.1 3.5.5 5.5.5 1.0.2b1 4.5.5 2.3.1 530.4 3.0 5.6.0 1.7 1.8.1 1.1 220.3 1.0.0d1 7 345 1.8 28.21 1.7 2.7.3 1.4 1.0

System Profile:

Model: MacBookPro6,1, BootROM MBP61.0057.B0F, 2 processors, Intel Core i5, 2.53 GHz, 8 GB, SMC 1.57f17

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics, Built-In, 288 MB

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, PCIe, 512 MB

Memory Module: BANK 0/DIMM0, 4 GB, DDR3, 1067 MHz, 0x80CE, 0x4D34373142353237334248312D4346382020

Memory Module: BANK 1/DIMM0, 4 GB, DDR3, 1067 MHz, 0x80CE, 0x4D34373142353237334248312D4346382020

AirPort: spairport_wireless_card_type_airport_extreme (0x14E4, 0x93), Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (

Bluetooth: Version 4.1.4f2 12041, 2 service, 18 devices, 1 incoming serial ports

Network Service: AirPort, AirPort, en1

Serial ATA Device: TOSHIBA MK5065GSXF, 500.11 GB

Serial ATA Device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-898

USB Device: hub_device, 0x0424 (SMSC), 0x2514, 0xfa100000 / 2

USB Device: Samsung S1 Mini, 0x04e8 (Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.), 0x2f04, 0xfa140000 / 5

USB Device: Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad, apple_vendor_id, 0x0236, 0xfa120000 / 4

USB Device: BRCM2070 Hub, 0x0a5c (Broadcom Corp.), 0x4500, 0xfa110000 / 3

USB Device: Bluetooth USB Host Controller, apple_vendor_id, 0x8218, 0xfa113000 / 7

USB Device: hub_device, 0x0424 (SMSC), 0x2514, 0xfd100000 / 2

USB Device: JumpDrive, 0x05dc (Lexar Media, Inc.), 0xa205, 0xfd130000 / 5

USB Device: Built-in iSight, apple_vendor_id, 0x8507, 0xfd110000 / 4

USB Device: IR Receiver, apple_vendor_id, 0x8242, 0xfd120000 / 3

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UPDATE 2: Something tells me its a failing GPU chip after all... just failed, restarted and booted to a black screen. It's running (keyboard is backlit, functional, etc)... but no LCD output. Will have to test an external. Man this can be tedious sometimes :)



(With a nifty little open-source software testing diagnostic) ... This macbook pro was determined to have a failing NVidia GPU, with the same errors/problems as officially noted for the 15.4" variety from the same generation with the same GPU chipset. Apple and I are working together to achieve a compromise despite it now being 3-years old. This is why I own macs...




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You may think I'm nuts but try this first: MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Hard Drive Cable Replacement

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Thanks Mayer - It's under $20, so worst case, I have an extra 17" 2010-1 cable for my use. I'll update you if it helps at all.


My belief is that the cable just cant take all the 90degree bends. The 13 & 15" machine also have the IR and sleep sensors on the same cable.


Hey Mayer ---

While this advice didn't solve my issues with the 17-in, it did solve my problems for (2x) 2009 15.4" MBPs for which I had been having kernel panics galore (all across the board... too many to count). I figured I'd give the fix a try. Both of these 15's now run beautifully... put them through a stress tests for a day/ea to count the number of failures, panics, erros. Problems = 0 :) Thanks



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