Early 2011 Macbook Pros are dropping left and right
The early 2011 Apple Macbook Pro is, for many, a gateway to the Mac experience. It’s available relatively cheaply, it’s extremely versatile, and its simplicity and durability make it an easy choice for the first-time Mac buyer.
Early 2011 Macbook Pro users have pointed out on an 157+ page thread on the Apple Support Communities that since February 2013, their Macbook Pros have been experiencing extreme overheating, which causes the screen to fail.
These images, posted by a member of the forums who goes by the name of “johnsolo” demonstrate what it looks like.
A heat scan of the laptop looks like this.
The problem is allegedly caused by the early 2011 MacBook Pro’s AMD GPU, which 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.
The only way to fix it is to swap the logic board.
A Change.org petition has been started to address the issue. At the time of this writing, there were 321 signed out of 500 needed signatures.