Model A1286. Released February 2011 / 2.0, 2.2, or 2.3 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 Processor

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Freezes at Apple symbol then reboots

MacBook Pro (early or late 2011) 15". Sorry I can't tell you for sure as it won't boot up. When computer was working, all of a sudden I got a lot of tiling, then it appeared to fix itself and within minutes it turned black like going into sleep mode. I did a hard boot, then got a gray screen with the Apple symbol with lines that were uneven. It has a "loading" line under the Apple but only gets about ⅔ of the way, freezes/stalls, then goes full gray with no lines for a time, then goes black to reboot. I hear it booting up, but it keeps doing the same thing. I have tried the Cmd-S until it said 'hard drive appears to be ok.' Same thing. Then I tried the Cmd-R, Ctl-Opt-P-R-power, and Ctl-Opt-R to no avail. Does anyone have any suggestions? I certainly can't afford to take it to Apple. :) Thank you!

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Hold down "SHIFT" when turning on the computer.

Does it start in "Safe" mode?

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No, it does not start in safe mode.

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When trying to boot up in safe mode, the progress bar goes a little farther, but then goes to gray screen again. I've tried the hardware test and that came back saying there were no hardware problems. Besides this and the Cmd-S then /sbin/fsck -fy until it stated the hard drive appears to be ok, nothing else has worked. Should I try the other command listed under that one? Maybe I'm missing another 'power on' command that I could do? In addition to the ones listed above, I have tried the Cmd-Opt-R (I think that is what I meant above, but it says Ctl (??)), and the Ctr-Opt-Shift-power for 10 seconds and then power on to no avail.

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The GPU has failed. This was a well know issue and caused a class action law suit against Apple which resulted in a short period repair program which has now expired. https://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro...

Outside of replacing the logic board, possibly Louis Rossman may be doing a board level repair.

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What is a board level repair?

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soldering or microsoldering

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Oh, okay. Thank you all for the information.

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