Looks like another 8600 GPU issue?
Feels like I'm another unlucky owner of A1260 (MB134/A) with NVidia 8600gtm. Some days ago I rendered a Final Cut video all night, in the morning I decided to put notebook into sleep mode. And it never woke up again.
(p.s.: before I put into sleep, there were some artefacts with pink and blue streaks (not fullscreen, but in Final Cut output window only)
I have such symptoms: when press On button, SuperDrive makes a buzz sound, fans start, HD turns on (but doesn't load anything), a front light turns on dimmed (reacts on light sensors, become brighter if laptop is closed), no chime sound (but it shouldn't be, cause I turned it off with a special system prefane app), "CapsLock" button doesn't turn green, AND NO VIDEO, AND SYSTEM DOESN'T LOAD...
I resetted PRAM, SMC, reseated RAM and so on...
Didn't try to use an external monitor due to it's absence, but I'm pretty sure it won't help as:
- I don't hear the HD "crackle" (means: load OS);
- No beeps when I put RAM out.
I read lots of articles and I'm sure I know everything about the issue now: some repaired with "warming", even with a towel or pillow; some repaired with reflow; some - were mistaken and it was not GPU issue, but low voltage on CPU or Memory issues...
So, I went to regional AASP (I live in Sevastopol, Ukraine) and they said they can't do anything cause my MBP's cover was disassembled not in AASP. So yes, it was, cause my MBP is 3,5 years old, warranty was over 2,5 ago, and of course, I had to clean my Mac, to lubricate coolers, but there were no AASP that time in my region and even in my country (Ukraine).
After, I called in Main AASP in Ukraine, and they said that will try to help me to repair at no cost with my local AASP, but they can't guarantee at least beacause if the code will not match and if I could harm MBP when disassembled by myself. If the code will not match, they advise me to contact USA Apple, only they will be able to help me in this situation. Main Ukraine AASP requested local one a photo expertise of my MBP to ensure I didn't brake anything while disassembled at home, with no authorized person. So they called me today and asked to bring it to have a photo session.
I think I convinced them that I disassembled Mac only for accurate cleaning purposes, because of absence of ASP in my country for these 3,5 years i'm having MBP (local ASP appeared about 6 month ago). Also convinced that a bump on left side (near HD) is not the reason for this issue I'm having, cause I accidently hit my Mac right after I bought it, almost 3,5 years ago.
I didn't try any of "last resort" fixes, cause I still hope that my logic board will be replaced for free. And as I'm almost sure it's a defective GPU issue, I will stand on its.
The main question is that I didn't understand - do they really can't help me if the MBP doesn't turn on to run the Apple Hardware Test for identification of the error code???
I haven't asked local AASP, just because they didn't even asked me symptoms and didn't try to turn my Mac on - just believed my word for it.
Maybe someone had the same problems with free exhange of logic board? Or maybe someone can give me any advise?
Thanx a lot if you mastered reading the whole text :)
I will update as there will be any progress...
Is this a good question?