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My 2011 MacBook Pro 8,2 has a failed AMD GPU card. How can I force it to use the Intel integrated GPU and run in normal boot mode?

My old 2011 MacBook Pro GPU has failed. 'Reballing' only helped for a few days. I have managed to get it to use the Intel integrated GPU but, it will only run in safe mode. How can I fix that ?

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  • Simon Anthony Jan 30, 2019

    Yes, I've done that - but, it only runs and boots fully in Single User mode. At least, the display is readable now, using the PU card it was not.

  • Reprep Jan 30, 2019

    To reset your Mac back to starting up normally, launch Terminal and enter the following at the command prompt:

    sudo nvram -d boot-args

    Press enter or return.

    Supply your administrator password, then press enter or return.

    You can quit Terminal, and then restart your Mac. It should now start up normally.

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1 - Boot Single User (press Command + S) at boot (If you have MacOS installed on your hard drive).
2 - If you have a blank HD, then use the USB stick/Pendrive with the MacOS installer (El Capitan, Sierra or HighSierra).
2.1 - Press Option key at boot, Position the mouse on the MacOS installer icon.
2.2 - Press Command + S and keep holding these two keys.
2.3 - Click the MacOS installer icon -> continue holding the Command + S keys until you finish the MacOS installer Single User boot .
Enter these commands (change gpu-power-prefs to Intel GPU and boot verbose):
Code:
nvram fa4ce28d-b62f-4c99-9cc3-6815686e30f9:gpu-power-prefs=%01%00%00%00 nvram boot-args="-v"
reboot
You can read the complete post here:
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/force-2011-macbook-pro-8-2-with-failed-amd-gpu-to-always-use-intel-integrated-gpu-efi-variable-fix.2037591/
It's long and take time Good luck

Posted on Jan 23, 2019

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  • Reprep Jan 30, 2019

    To reset your Mac back to starting up normally, launch Terminal and enter the following at the command prompt:

    sudo nvram -d boot-args

    Press enter or return.

    Supply your administrator password, then press enter or return.

    You can quit Terminal, and then restart your Mac. It should now start up normally.

  • Anonymous Jan 30, 2019

    why is OP here at all and not on real apple forum, so the impossible might happen

    learn there is no reballing fix
    ok
    its hack that can work for a day or so
    but is never a cure,

    (in real full shop with pro grade reflow tools yes, but not you,at home and kids kicking the table)

    the repair in real shop is 2x cost of new board.
    if you buy a used board of fleabay
    you get those same 2008 defective chips
    GPU.

    i guess you come here (not apple)because
    they told you the truth and refuse to believe it.(that?)

  • Anonymous Jan 30, 2019

    2 choices here,
    1: buy a real PC,not 2008 POS (bad chip day)
    2: or reball for the rest of your life
    time to decide 1 or 2.
    your call.

  • Anonymous Jan 30, 2019

    now the force deal
    ask apple that
    even a bios upgrade can help here.
    ask them it is there OS,their and there, ****** BIOS
    ask them.
    we dont sell PCs here nor write BIOS firmware here, or ANY THING like that.

    ask actual apple.

    some laptops have 2 GPU
    the working embedded one, only works in low battery mode 2D. to save power!!!
    and when charged, goes to 3d GPU (automatic)
    only hacks can force 2d full time.
    all that is PURE APPLE logic. oK
    ask them ok?

  • Simon Anthony Jan 30, 2019

    Did that - they said the free replacement term had expired.

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I hate to break it to you, but it sounds like a hardware issue. Have you tried going into System Preferences yet? If not, go to System Prefs>Sound>Output tab and then check the speaker balance. If the slider is in the middle, then it definitely sounds like a hardware issue.
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