ATI Radeon X1600 GPU problem

About a months ago i'm experiencing a issue on my MBP. Some ugly anomalies appearing on my screen. My video card is ATI Radeon X1600 and my MBP is A1150.

Some body found the solution for this issue?

The ugly anomalies appears like this:

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My MBP is A1150 (this one: MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150)

I'm using OSX Snow Leopard 10.6.8

I hope somebody can help me

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Please, provide as much details as you can, like; describe these 'ugly anomalies' (horizontal lines on the screen, ugly distortions in images & videos and freeze ups / crashes (system crash) during normal usage); which OS are you running? which model MBP?

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To help isolate your problem hook it up to an external monitors and see if the issues persist.

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Hi Mayer, i hook my MBP up to an external monitor and the issue still persist... can you help me with this issue?

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Try this and see if it works (it did for me):

Boot your MacBook in safe mode (immediately after you hear the startup tone, hold the Shift key), and remove the file below and then reboot:

/System/Library/Extensions/ATIRadeonX1000.kext

You should know that this is not a permanent solution, as you loose some functions on your Mac, but at least you should be able to use your computer without any display anomalies.

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Unfortunately this process doesn't work. Thanks.

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This helped me, but still have the display issue even cloning on a external monitor. Any ideas if this is logic board or my radeon then? And battery is plugged in indicates full charge via green led, but the battery on the desktop shows 0% and saw that it is not charging at all.

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I have the same model, A1150 with all the same hardware. Also running the same software - 10.6.8 Have the same problem. Seems to come and go. I discovered if I open it in firewire mode, and let it heat up, it seems to clear and work again. Eventually it will begin to get red lines on the screen and then freeze up. Tried to access it via shared screen but no response.

Anybody have any thoughts on what might cause this problem???

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Thanks for the response. I did more searching on the net and read several accounts of people with similar problems. The all seem to agree that it is the ATI Radeon X1600 GPU (yes, it does show up on mirror mode). They all seem to implicate the heat from the unit and heat transfer. I pulled the logic board cleaned the dirt and dust and cleaned the transfer goo from the 3 processors. I also put a hair dryer to the 1600 for about 10 minutes (with an aluminum foil protection for the rest of the board) added new goo and reassembled. (See Youtube video) It seems to be working just fine now.

Some odd things I have noticed...

It seems to actually work better when it is warm or hot. It gets the lines and tire tracks when it is waking from sleep or when it is still warming up. I have also discovered that if I force it to restart and then hit the T key it will go into firewire mode. After 10-15 seconds in firewire mode the screen clears and I can start it up with no lines. Very strange behavior.

Anybody else ever tried firewire mode to clear the problem? It worked for me every time.

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Bezz - Theres two possibilities here the GPU part of the logic board or the display assembly. You'll need to try an external display to see if the problem shows up on the external (mirror mode). If it does then you know the GPU area of the logic board has the issue Vs the display.

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Thank you very much MAYER, you helped me! it worked!

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