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MacBook Pro Owner wins Lawsuit over refused GPU Failure Repair
It's not a class-action like the one from fall 2010 (The NVIDIA GPU Litigation, which ended in spring 2011) but Drew (who posted his repair experience (using warm-up tip/getting repeated tests) here in Oct. 2011) sent a link to an April 2012 article on an owner lawsuit over a refused repair - Seattle Rex vs. Apple: The Verdict Is In.

  Like some others (several in the past here), his MacBook Pro would not boot and therefore unable to run the test app (booted from USB drive) used to determine if failures qualify for the repair extension program. (I wonder if the warm-up tip on our page on MBP/8600M failures/repairs would have gotten his MBP to boot. Several readers had success using the 'warm-up' tip, but nothing is a sure thing.)

But he also said he was told his (2008/17in/2.6GHz) model didn't qualify due to the clock speed (2.6GHz) not being an affected model? There was an Early 2008 17in 2.6GHz model w/8600M GPU and the Apple doc lists "Early 2008" as one of the MacBook Pro series that could be affected. (My feeling is the techs may have misread/misinterpreted the affected models listing in the Apple doc.)

But as I've said before many times over the years, if it were up to me any failure of a MBP with one of those GPUs would get a covered repair.


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