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Does my graphics card really need Apple Replacement program?

There is an Apple replacement program for some Macbook Pro's of 2011 and 2012:

Is there a way of knowing whether my graphics card is affected? Maybe with my Mac's or graphics card's serial number?

Or do I really need to book an appointment at the Genius Bar?

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There is not a way to tell by the serial number. Are you having any issues? Does the progress boot bar stop at about 60% of the way through? Have you had ant screen artifacts?

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Hi there, thanks for your response. I don't have any problem with the laptop, I'm just concerned that the problem could appear once the Replacement Program has expired. But I guess it's unlikely to happen if it hasn't happen within the last 4 years.


I'm still taking machines in on the issue. In my case i work with the local ASP. They normally charge for the test if the test results come back negative, but to date I have correctly diagnosed all the ones I have taken in. If you take it to Apple they will most likely charge you if it passes. But an ASP gets paid by Apple if it fails so they have a financial incentive and might be more receptive to testing for free on the off hand that it might fail.


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From what Apple is saying, they need to run their custom networked tools (what I understand is that they boot off of their network, then individually test all components) to verify eligibility.

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