Context: My mid-2010 MBP 15" has started to get random GPU panics:
Anonymous UUID: 84FEDF51-A1D6-EDC2-CC8C-6B53B7959874 Thu Feb 5 09:29:06 2015 *** Panic Report *** panic(cpu 2 caller 0xffffff7f9bbb0f63): "GPU Panic: [<None>] 3 3 7f 0 0 0 0 3: NVRM[0/1:0:0]: Read Error 0x00000100: CFG 0xffffffff 0xffffffff 0xffffffff, BAR0 0xd2000000 0xffffff8134a1d000 0x0a5480a2, D0, P3/4\n"@/SourceCache/AppleGraphicsControl/AppleGraphicsControl3.8.6/src/AppleMuxControl/kext/GPUPanic.cpp:127 Backtrace (CPU 2), Frame : Return Address 0xffffff8137c5b590 : 0xffffff8018f2fe41
My system has two graphics subsystems: the built-in Intel HD Graphics and the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M. I've heard anecdotally that the NVIDIA 330M is problematic. (I also heard that I just missed the deadline for an Apple warranty repair for that very problem...sigh.)
So I'd like to try forcing the system to always use the Intel HD Graphics and see if that makes the problem go away.
- Will forcing the system to use the Intel HD Graphics will cure the panics?
- If so, is the gfxCardStatus app the recommended approach?