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Hey everyone,

I have a huge problem with my 3year old mac book pro!
so i access my windows partition on my mac and suddenly it went crazy, the image started distorting and frooze. I reboot and go into my mac partition and the same thing happened on my OSX...I figured I got a virus or a worm of some kind, time to format! So I format BOTH partitions and I still have the same problem, the computer freezes before i can finish installing osx. anyone know wth this is or is there a way to hook up my mac bookpro to another computer and format it through an exterior source?

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If it's happening in more than one OS, chances are it's not any kind of malware.

You didn't mention what model your machine is, but most likely, your MacBook Pro is one of the older models equipped with the NVIDIA 8600m GPU. Certain 8600-series chips could operate abnormally and Apple extended the warranty for these systems:

MacBook Pro: Distorted video or no video issues

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If it's happening in more than one OS, chances are it's not any kind of malware.

You didn't mention what model your machine is, but most likely, your MacBook Pro is one of the older models equipped with the NVIDIA 8600m GPU. Certain 8600-series chips could operate abnormally and Apple extended the warranty for these systems:

MacBook Pro: Distorted video or no video issues
nop its not an nvidia its an ati.

my model is a intel 15" 2.4ghz w 2gigs ram with some sort of ati graphic card, it was the last model before apple started using nvidia on there models
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nop its not an nvidia its an ati.

my model is a intel 15" 2.4ghz w 2gigs ram with some sort of ati graphic card, it was the last model before apple started using nvidia on there models
Core Duo or Core 2 Duo?

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Core Duo or Core 2 Duo?
core 2 duo
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Are you positive it's a 2.4 then? I only ask because that clockspeed in particular seems put of line for the ATI-equipped machines.

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Are you positive it's a 2.4 then? I only ask because that clockspeed in particular seems put of line for the ATI-equipped machines.
your right its a 2.16ghz

Apple MACBOOK PRO 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2 GB RAM 120 GB hard drive Superdrive 15.4-inch Model No: A1211
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sounds like a hardware issue to me so wether it will help much is a moot point.
However you can easily enough hook the machine up to another Mac by connecting it via a firewire cable and turning it on while holding down T for target disk mode, it will show up on the desktop or under disk utility on the other machine.

You can also format the disk by selecting Disk Utility from one of the menus on the very first couple of screens when booting from the an OSX install disk.
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your right its a 2.16ghz

Apple MACBOOK PRO 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2 GB RAM 120 GB hard drive Superdrive 15.4-inch Model No: A1211
OK, yep - that was the last revision before they went over to NVIDIA. In my opinion, it sounds like an overheating GPU. Especially if it starts OK, but by the time it gets up to operating temperature, the video starts to distort.

Most likely one of your fans isn't working right. It might just need to be cleaned out, or it might need to be replaced altogether.

How handy are you with disassembling laptops?

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