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Still getting reports on MacBook Pro/8600M Failures
Recently I've gotten more mails on MBP/8600M failures/refused repairs, may be due to end of program, but some appeared to be for the same reasons reported here in the past - claimed logic board failure (not GPU)/inability to run the USB drive GPU qualifying test, etc. As I posted last December on our (long) page on MacBook Pro/Nvidia 8600M failures/repairs (which also has past tips), the Apple support article was revised to note:
"The NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor repair extension program ended on December 7, 2012.
This program provided extended repair coverage for a period of four years from the date of purchase, and as of Dec 7th 2012, it is unlikely products qualify for this extended repair coverage."

I take that sentence to mean few would have a purchase date that is still less than 4 years ago. Not sure if Apple Customer Relations would be of any help but the article has a Contact Apple link with phone numbers by country. (If it were up to me, any MBP with one of these GPUs would have gotten a motherboard replacement.)

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Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1.2 Install/Troubleshooting Tips
Friday's TBolt Update Feedback/tips updated Monday AM w/follow-up to a problem report.
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Listing/links of updates to mod/upgrade articles, tips and reviews you may have missed. (Internal Mini-PCIe Card Mods (eSATA/USB 3.0), 2012 Mac Mini SSD upgrades, $250 Mac Pro Dual 3.2GHz Quad-Core CPU Upgrade, DIY OS X Fusion drives, Low-Cost 2006 Mac Mini CPU Upgrades/unofficial EFI updates, 2012 Mac Mini HDMI video problems/display tips/USB 3.0 interference, mods and more)
Previous Day's News Summary:
    Friday May 10th, 2013 News Archive
  • Thunderbolt Firmware Update v1.2 Install/Troubleshooting Tips
  • Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock Review
  • More Tips on how to solve greyed out volume control
  • Apple deluged by police demands to decrypt iPhones
  • Apple's iRadio Royalties Problem
  • Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Docs:
    - Runaway applications can shorten battery runtime, affect performance, and increase heat and fan activity
  • Other News/Reviews/Tech/OT:
    - NuGuard KX Kinetic Energy X-Orbing iPhone Case Finalist In 2013 Biz Awards
    - 9th Annual HDTV Shootout at Value Electronics (video stream)
    - Virtualization's forgotten feature: Short reboot times
    - Samsung ES7500 / ES8000 TV US Firmware Update v1051.2
    - '24' Eyes Return As Limited Series On Fox
    - Getting to Know Your Surround Receiver

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