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  • Force 2011 MacBook Pro 8,2 with failed AMD GPU to ALWAYS use Intel integrated GPU (EFI variable fix)

     Bob Brown updated 3 years, 6 months ago 1 Member · 1 Post
  • Bob Brown

    March 23, 2017 at 11:21 am

    There were two possible solutions to fix a MacBook Pro 8,2 with failed AMD GPU :
    1) Pay a sh!tload of money to Apple to replace a logic board, or buy it from eBay —> very expensive and will also fail after some time
    2) Either do BGA reballing ($50) or BGA reballing with AMD chip replacement ($35) to guarantee a success, less than $100 in any case

    Any of these two solutions requires money… But now there is a third solution,
    a purely software fix which you can do for FREE :
    it is possible to completely disable a discrete GPU by a EFI variable, forcing it to use integrated only all the time (even while booting!) to
    make MBP usable again!
    Here are the instructionshttps://forums.macrumors.com/threads/force-2011-macbook-pro-8-2-with-failed-amd-gpu-to-always-use-intel-integrated-gpu-efi-variable-fix.2037591/

    After this wonderful purely software fix, the failing discrete GPU is completely disabled
    and you can’t even enable it in gfxCardStatus 😉

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