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    MBP is it Dead?
    Woke up this morning, turned on the MBP heard the fan come on and walked away for a minute. The screen remains black and no response from the keyboard (caps lock doesn't turn green). I've tried taking out the battery and plug, Shift while restarting.

    I'm able to charge a USB device on it so I know there is power, just not a picture.

    Any thoughts or is this now a doorstop?

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    More info is needed. Model and year of your MBP? Do you hear the boot sound (Bong!) when you turn it on?

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    Thanks for the reply. It's a 2008 MBP 15 inch. I hear the initial sound but not the chime/bong right before the screen usually turns on. Tried booting without the battery, still no luck

    Greatly appreciate any help

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    May well be logic board trouble. Close to an Apple dealer?
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmgreen View Post
    Thanks for the reply. It's a 2008 MBP 15 inch. I hear the initial sound but not the chime/bong right before the screen usually turns on. Tried booting without the battery, still no luck

    Greatly appreciate any help
    As Harry pointed out, it may well be the logic board. It sounds like your nVidia GPU died, a frequent problem for that model MBP. Apple had a special warranty program that would replace the logic board for free, however, that program has expired. I would contact Apple anyway and see if there's anything that they might do for you. Never know.

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    Thanks, from the response I got from Apple, I'm SOL.
    Estimated cost to repair is nearly as much as a new one

    You ever hear of this site before? m-electronicsdeal.com
    They have very aggressive pricing but not sure if it is legit

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    You ever hear of this site before? m-electronicsdeal.com
    They have very aggressive pricing but not sure if it is legit
    They appear to be a company based in the UK. Prices are too low to be realistic. I wouldn't trust doing business with them unless you could somehow be absolutely certain they were legitimate.

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    Thanks for reaffirming my thoughts, but wish someone had a good experience with them.
    Read the rMPB pricing are coming down, hopefully sooner than later.

    Thanks, again

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