Two threads have emerged on Apple's support forum which seem to suggest that some MacBook Pro 2011 units are overheating and locking up in a 'hard freeze.' In one of the threads, the first post from March 1st outlines the problems that some owners are facing: Overheat? The fans revved and suddenly I could use nothing but the cursor. Had to hold down the power switch to kill all and then re-power & startup. I wasn't doing anything unusual, but I had 7 apps open and was amid an auto-backup to TimeMachine. Just a little disillusioned and concerned, wondering if anyone else there has experienced a hard freeze like this. Other complaints followed, such as this one: I have had the same thing several times with my 15" 2011 2.2GHz model. Each time it was when the system was under load and the fans start running high and then there is a freeze.at first I thought it was connected to VMware running but I have now had it without VMware going at all. I will try to get a series of … [Read more...] about MacBook Pro 2011 owners complain of ‘hard freeze’ problems
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Apple’s MacBook Pro line has long been a reference point for high-end laptop hardware — between its specs and its design, it’s a luxury product lineup with a price tag to match. That’s why it can be rather distressing for the user when their expensive device starts experiencing problems.A raft of video errors and random reboots affecting 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros was determined to be a large-scale problem last year. In an attempt to make up for the situation, Apple announced in February 2015 that affected customers would be entitled to repairs, free of charge.The catchily titled MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues was initially set to run until February 27, 2016, or three years from the date of sale. Today, however, Apple has announced that this will be extended to December 31, 2016 or four years from the date of sale, according to a report from MacRumors.The program is intended to cover 15-inch and 17-inch models of the … [Read more...] about MacBook Pro owners affected by video issues given extension
Remember Knight Rider? The quintessential ’80s cop show ran from 1982-1986 and provided David Hasselhoff (as Michael Knight) with a springboard to international fame and eventual Baywatch fortune. He was shot, then he got plastic surgery, then he took on crime. Knight sped around in a custom 1982 Pontiac Trans-Am named “KITT” (Knight Industries Two Thousand) that was powered by a talking computer, voiced by William Daniels. And now you can turn the latest model of the MacBook Pro into a laptop version of KITT.The feature won’t work on any of the older models, as it involves the Touch Bar. An enterprising retro TV fan by the name of Anthony Da Mota recently uploaded “KnightTouchBar2000” to GitHub for anyone to try out for free. What it does is make the Touch Bar look and function just like that flashing red light on KITT’s face … er, grille.The light bounces back and forth as if KITT/William Daniels was speaking, and you also get the … [Read more...] about How to turn your new MacBook Pro into KITT from ‘Knight Rider’
Although Apple has updated its uber-successful MacBook Pro line several of times since 2011, there’s no shame in holding on to machine you’re perfectly happy with. Unless you’re experiencing various video mishaps or random reboots.Actually, that’s not reason to ditch your MacBook, either, as Cupertino is apparently taking all blame. No need to throw 15 or 17-inch MacBook Pros manufactured between 2011 and early 2013 at the trash bin! Repairs are being offered, free of charge, whether you bought AppleCare or not.Owners can choose to send their glitchy Mac by mail, or personally hand them to an authorized technician. Either way, you’ll want to make sure you qualify for the “Repair Extension Program.”First and foremost, are you seeing distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen, no video with the MacBook powered on, or are you bugged by constant unexpected restarts? Good. That means there’s still hope.Next, … [Read more...] about Suffering from video woes on an old MacBook Pro? Apple comes to rescue, free of charge
If you ask most MacBook Pro owners about their experience with Cupertino’s flagship notebook, they’ll probably have nothing but good things to say. However, there’s a bunch of people on one thread in the official Apple forums that have been reporting issues with video on the Early 2011 MacBook Pro.We could describe the issues to you, but we figure that these photos, posted by Apple forum user “johnsolo” earlier this morning, will paint the picture pretty clearly.The culprit seems to be the early 2011 MacBook Pro’s AMD GPU, which allegedly overheats while the notebook is engaged in heavy duty, GPU-intensive tasks, like video editing, playing games or watching HD clips. The display begins to become distorted, and while a reboot could temporarily solve the problem, the issue almost always returns from the dead and persists until the display is put out of commission.According to multiple forum users participating in the thread entitled “2011 … [Read more...] about A bunch of early 2011 MacBook Pro owners are running into video and heating problems
Apple today launched a program for MacBook Pros that will repair, free of charge, some laptops with distorted or no video.The deal, which Apple called a "repair extension program," may put an end to years of complaints from MacBook Pro owners about flaky video, scrambled or black screens, and sudden reboots. The complaints have generated at least two federal lawsuits and an expansive campaign on Change.org petitioning CEO Tim Cook to make things right.The affected notebooks were 15- and 17-in. MacBook Pros made in 2011, and 15-in. Retina-equipped MacBook Pros manufactured from mid-2012 to early 2013, Apple said in a support document. The machines were sold between February 2011 and December 2013.Customers can check if their MacBook Pro falls within those spans by using a tool that requires the notebook's serial number, which can be found by selecting "About This Mac" from the Apple menu at the top of the display.The program kicks off today in the U.S. and Canada, and will begin Feb. 27 … [Read more...] about After Years of Complaints, Apple Launches MacBook Pro Video Repair Program
As soon as Apple announced that it is moving to Intel CPUs, the first question on the minds of non-Mac users was, "so, will it boot Windows?" It's all over my inbox, so I'll address it as best I can.At present, no, iMac will not boot Windows, and MacBook Pro is the same platform, so it's also a no. Within 60 days, hackers will have a tedious/ugly procedure for installing Windows on iMac/MacBook Pro and being able to switch between OSes. Eventually, the process will be automated by open source or shareware tools.I believe the process will require using a Windows or Linux machine to burn a bootable image to a DVD, an external hard drive or a network server. The missing piece is support in the Intel Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) for legacy PC BIOS. The boot ROM in iMac and MacBook Pro are EFI, but they don't implement a legacy BIOS. That's understandable; Macs never used a PC BIOS. But Windows expects to interact with a legacy BIOS.The lovely thing about EFI is that it's open and … [Read more...] about Windows or Linux on iMac or MacBook Pro
Neither can I.Tuesday afternoon: Received MacBook Pro.Tuesday night: Charged MacBook Pro, gave it just enough of an exam to be sure it functions.Wednesday, 9:00 AM: Fire up Migration Assistant to transfuse my life from my PowerBook G4 to my new MacBook Pro. It failed because I set up a user ID on the MacBook Pro with the same name as my the main ID on my PowerBook. There are lots of ways to finesse this, but I took it as an opportunity to do a clean install.Wednesday, 9:35 AM: The install finishes. I reboot and use the install-time migration to pull everything over from the PowerBook.Wednesday, 9:36 AM: The migration says it'll take four hours and I have to be at the airport in two hours. I let it run anyway; what can it hurt?Wednesday, 11:15: The migration is finished, 60 GB of data transferred with just two irrelevant warnings.Wednesday, 12:50: I open the MacBook Pro in flight and start working. I find that my MacBook Pro, post-migration, is a functional clone of my PowerBook G4. All … [Read more...] about Can you tell I’m using a MacBook Pro?
The MacBook Pro that Apple generously allows me to carry as my primary notebook is showing some signs of aging. It was sent to me new last November, and I've treated it well. It's been through 123 full charge cycles, higher than I expected because if I'm anywhere near an outlet, I'm plugged in. Still, it's fairly young in laptop years.My battery life is down to about 2 hours per charge at the lowest possible energy settings, a bit early in my experience. It's also clear that the power management circuitry is dazed; a full charge reading that's displayed as "minutes to empty" starts at about 1:45. The machine takes forever to charge and discharges as if it's at full power when it sleeps. I have done a couple of deep discharge cycles and zapped the PRAM to no avail.More annoyingly, the MBP will randomly report something like 60 minutes remaining on the battery with a comfy and linear ramp down, then suddenly snap into death sleep mode with the first charge status light on the battery … [Read more...] about MacBook Pro health report, November through April
Apple just called to alert me to the battery firmware update that went out shortly after I laid my sorrows before you. I just installed the firmware fix and rebooted.Before Apple called, I was set to relate the last straw in the battery saga: Yesterday, I picked up the MacBook Pro to find its on-battery gauge doing the rapid blink of impending death. I put it on its charger for about an hour to give it just enough juice to do a quick post while untethered. Half an hour later, the external gauge showed almost fully charged."Were you lying then, or are you lying now?", I asked the gauge."Guess," it smirked to itself and extinguished after I pulled the charger.I opened the lid and the display lit up with the battery icon showing 99 percent. Over the course of about three minutes of active use it counted down reassuringly. 98...97...96...1...dark.I hope this fix takes. I'll let you know.Thanks, commenters, for all of your suggestions. … [Read more...] about MacBook Pro update update: Battery fix?