For a couple of weeks, I've been having kernel panics in my MacBook Pro (Early 2011, Yosemite), mostly doing zoom operations using QuickView and Preview.
A couple of times, it had problems rebooting, until finally it only rebooted to a grey screen.
I installed gfxCardStatus to prevent it to switching to the discrete GPU at any time, and things seemed to go smoothly for a couple of days. But one day it had a kernel panic when waking up from sleep.
Booting in verbose mode showed no indications of what the problem could be, but I suspected it was a video card issue. I've known that this model of MBP had problems with defective AMD Radeon discrete GPUs. I know Apples is repairing eligible machines, but I live in a country where perhaps that wouldn't be possible.
I decided to prevent the laptop from using the AMD GPU and use the integrated intel chip instead, I moved this drivers out of the
AMD2400Controller.kext AMD2600Controller.kext AMD3800Controller.kext AMD4600Controller.kext AMD4800Controller.kext AMD5000Controller.kext AMD6000Controller.kext AMD7000Controller.kext AMD8000Controller.kext AMD9000Controller.kext AMDFramebuffer.kext AMDRadeonVADriver.bundle AMDRadeonX3000.kext AMDRadeonX3000GLDriver.bundle AMDRadeonX4000.kext AMDRadeonX4000GLDriver.bundle AMDSupport.kext ATIRadeonX2000.kext ATIRadeonX2000GA.plugin ATIRadeonX2000GLDriver.bundle ATIRadeonX2000VADriver.bundle
It wouldn't boot up after that either, so I moved this ones also:
GeForce.kext GeForceGA.plugin GeForceGLDriver.bundle GeForceTesla.kext GeForceTeslaGLDriver.bundle GeForceTeslaVADriver.bundle GeForceVADriver.bundle
After that it did boot up, but the screen shows thin horizontal blue stripes all over as well as some other glitches and overall sluggishness.
Detail of stripes (there's some unavoidable Moire pattern in the photo, but the thin blue lines can be appreciated in the darker parts):
I just want my Mac to use the integrated Intel GPU and forget the discrete ADM Radeon card altogether. Other machines, including Apple machines, don't have a discrete GPU, just an integrated one, and they work fine for day-to-day, non-graphic-intensive tasks
- Is possible for this machine to work normally using only the integrated Intel GPU?
- If so, how?
- Are both my discrete GPU and my integrated GPU damaged?**