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Is my Mac Pro Dying ?


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I RECENTLY bought a 3.2 GHz 8 core mac pro from ebay.

This photo is what happened to it today.

I thought It was the video card, but then even the screen shot was messed up which made me fear the worst.
It seems to be working ok for now.
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I RECENTLY bought a 3.2 GHz 8 core mac pro from ebay.
- Unless you got this computer at a very good price
- or if the seller was fully upfront with this computers problems has

And I don't know exactly what you mean by "recently" purchased. But if we're talking a reasonably short period of time...seems to me you should simply return the computer (if possible)...to the seller.

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I thought It was the video card, but then even the screen shot was messed up which made me fear the worst.
If you choose to try & fix it...replacing the video card would be the first step. And yes...of course your screen shot will be messed up...since the video card looks like it's messed up.

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It seems to be working ok for now.
How can it "be working ok for now"...when you posted a screenshot of a bad video situation?? If it's "working ok for now"...then why are you posting??

I'm confused...am I missing something in your original post??

What % of this time is it working "OK"...and what % of the time is the video messed up??

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During transport, things can make their ways loose.

Before panicking, open the unit up and re-seat the video card, the RAM chips, and anything else that could potentially come loose. 12" Aluminum PowerBooks are notorious for having their Airport cards partially disengage from their plug-in slots during shipping, and it causes the machine to lock up. I would see no reason why something similar couldn't have happened here.

If you re-seat the cards, RAM, etc, and the problems persist then I suspect you might have gotten stuck with a lemon. If you got it from "BewareBay" and paid with PayPal, PayPal has some sort of warranty that pretty much forces the seller to take it back within a certain amount of time. How much time, I don't know, but I think it's in the 30-90 day range.

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How can it "be working ok for now"...when you posted a screenshot of a bad video situation?? If it's "working ok for now"...then why are you posting??

I'm confused...am I missing something in your original post??

What % of this time is it working "OK"...and what % of the time is the video messed up??

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Not recent enough to return, what I mean by for now is that, the first time this happened is when I took the screen shot, I restarted it and now it's fine.

So far this has not become a recurring issue.
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Not recent enough to return, what I mean by for now is that, the first time this happened is when I took the screen shot, I restarted it and now it's fine.

So far this has not become a recurring issue.
If this has only happened 1 time...I'm thinking that you're getting concerned a little bit too quickly!

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Looks like a graphics card fault from here, if it continues to happen, thats where I would direct my attention.

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Looks like a graphics card fault from here, if it continues to happen, thats where I would direct my attention.
I will come back if it happens again.
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My MacBook Pro has just had a failed graphics card, it started off like this screen shot posted by the OP and then was fine for a week. Steadily it froze, flickered or distorted more and more, until it finally wouldn't boot up. I did take it to an Apple Genius during the failing time who ran diagnostics tests 3 times before it finally picked up the graphics card was on its way out. They did tell me to hook it up to another monitor/tv to check if the problem is shown on that too (to eliminate display problem).
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