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    Cannot start macbook pro

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    Cannot start macbook pro
    Hey guys, I just bought a used mbp from 2007, I just needed this for a programming class and I got a really good deal on it, well I turned it on and the harddrive had been wiped so it opened right into the new screen, I got it up and running, I installed iLife, then Office 11, did an Office 11 update, was in the middle of installing iWork 09, and the screen got really pixelated in random areas, I turned it off and tried to turn it back on and it was freezing and would not load, also it had pixels in random areas, I have done everything that I can find online about anything that is somewhat close and I am at my wit's end. The only thing I can narrow this down to is GPU, logicboard or an outside chance of the HDD itself.

    I cannot get it to load from a boot disc which is starting to make me think logic board, but I am really hoping that it is anything else. Thoughts? While going through one of the checks the screen looked like this


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    Cannot start macbook pro
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    Any chance you can get your money back on the purchase? It does look like the GPU which means a new logic board and that may be more than the machine is worth. In the meantime, try hooking up an external monitor to see what happens.

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    Cannot start macbook pro

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    As chscag says, most likely a GPU problem. Many of the 2.2 and 2.4GHz MacBook Pro's from 2007/8 were troubled with video problems relating the the Nvidia chipset. If confirmed, Apple did cover the logic board replacement FOC for 4 years from the original DOP. Most I see with similar problems or blank screens are now outside the 4 year limit. You could just have been unlucky or the problem could have been intermittent when the MBP was sold.
    Steve
    UK

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