Background and explanations
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All MacBook Pros from 2011 have a serious design defect. The thermal management and the generated heat together with the robustness of the discrete AMD graphics chips do not match up very well. Apple knew this and acted like a typical ...
You can permanently disable discrete graphics card following next steps:
UPDATE! Try to edit NVRAM variable from Single-User mode
The procedure described in the steps 1-3 worked for me until macOS Sierra, but with the upgrade to High Sierra, I started getting a pinkish/reddish screen and I was unable to enter Recovery mode to repeat step 3 as I had to do ...
Apple makes its own drivers & they are included in the OS updates.
The way to be up to date on drivers is to always be running the latest OS.
There is debate over whether Apple make the entire driver set themselves, or just take NVidia/AMD's core code & add their own hardware/OS-specific code to it. The latter seems more plausible to me, but either ...
I could finally install Nvidia Titan XP + MacBook Pro + Akitio Node + Tensorflow + Keras
I wrote a gist with the procedure, hope it helps
Here is what I did:
This configuration worked for me, hope it helps
It is based on:
iPhones/iPod Touches/iPads all have a Unified Memory Architecture which mean that both the CPU and GPU share system memory. There is no dedicated video memory on these devices.
The advantage is that you don't need to worry about running out of video memory for your textures or vertex data (your app will be terminated by iOS for using too much memory before ...
Repeated kernel panics occurring without third party drivers can only be caused by a few things:
1) A peripheral device
2) A bad OSX image or bug in OSX itself
3) A hardware problem
In your case, it is unfortunately (3):
System model name: MacBookPro6,2
The kernel panic indicates that your GPU is failing. This is a known issue for your machine. Your ...
Solved: Booted to Single-User mode and disabled Radeon GPU.
Details of investigation:
Initially I suspected hard-drive corruption and went about trying to remedy that. Unsuccessfully, I tried the following, with each continuing to hang as described above:
Boot into recovery (including Internet Recovery)
Boot from install media on USB drive
In the WWDC 2015 video "What's new in Metal, Part 1", Rav Dhiraj from the GPU software division states at 8'40"
Metal is supported by all Macs introduced since 2012. (Nvidia, AMD and Intel)
This means :
Intel HD Graphics 4000, Iris 5000 & 6000 family,
nVidia GT 600M, 700M family,
AMD R9 M family,
I'm in full sympathy with your wish "save on battery and reduce heat, without paying the noise cost" of using the discrete graphics card inside a MacBook Pro.
Before you do anything which will disable your display, please make sure you are able to log in to your MacBook Pro using SSH so that you can undo your handiwork. While screen ...
The short answer appears to be: yes, 12 degrees C (22 degrees F) or more cooler.
I got ahold of a custom-build Macbook Pro that has identical specifications except that it had no discrete graphics adapter. I set it up on the same table in the same room, connected to an identical monitor. I put both of them through the same sequence of operations, using yes ...
you definitely should try this one:
(that is still on archive.org: Macbook Pro Discreate Graphics Card Issue Fix Updated)
I’m writing this reply from my until-now broken MacBook Pro 2011 dammed GPU piece of technology.
You'll get away working without the AMD GPU, ...
Yes the GPU panics are almost certainly due to a defective discrete GPU card. I have the same 2010 MBP and have noticed 10.9.3 has increased the frequency of these fatal crashes significantly.
I'm using the gfxCardStatus utility to turn off this discrete card whenever possible but many apps force it on.
I was able to get a NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti working on the Akitio Node on my iMac (late 2013). I'm using a Thunderbolt 2 > 3 adapter, though on newer Macs you can use the faster TB3 directly.
There are various eGPU set-ups described at eGPU.io, and you might find one that describes your computer/enclosure/card precisely. These tutorials are mostly for ...
This answer may not get to the crux of what you're wanting to do, but I offer it because I think your question is one that will interest a lot of people.
Apple’s Touch Bar MBP models actually use an Apple designed T1 chip that helps power both the Touch Bar and the Touch ID sensor. I say helps because this works in conjunction with the Intel CPU at the core ...
Unfortunately, there is not a cheap good or ideal way to do this.
The graphics card is a key integrated part of the logic board on the MacBook Pro, there really is no separation of it from it to do an upgrade, short of replacing the entire motherboard, and even then you would be limited to what was available at the time for that generation of MacBook Pro.
Edit: to answer your actual question, you can't do it from anywhere except Recovery Mode, so anything you do must be done from there.
Tested on a similar 4,1 upgraded to 5,1 [but I have a flashed graphics card so I could see what I was doing]
Reboot & at the chimes hold Cmd ⌘ R for about 10s.
Wait until you get to Recovery Mode, which for me took ...
I found the link to it on EveryMac along with some other info about graphics switching.
fast access via menu icon
auto/manually switch between discrete and integrated graphics
power source-based switching
Graphics switching is where the integrated graphics is switched for the discrete graphics when more performance is required (and where performance is more important than battery life & heat output).
You can see the current graphics card that is enabled, and forcefully switch between the two, with gfxCardStatus.
Integrated graphics should be used when ...
Your planned procedure is possible. Your planned procedure is not that difficult. Your planned procedure is not the best option.
Why this route is suboptimal
MacBook Pros will and have to switch to discrete GPU (dGPU) once an external display is connected. Therefore, an installed but disabled dGPU takes away the option to use an external Monitor with that ...
I have had this same problem with this same card. I know that it won't boot when I see horizontal blue bars through the Apple logo at the login screen, it goes to white-screen after that and the fans rev up.
I've found the most reliable way to boot up is to let it advance to the white/grey screen after the Apple logo, then I close the lid and wrap it in a ...
With OS X 10.8 gfxCardStatus is no longer capable of enforcing Integrated Graphics card only.
When one uses VMWare Fusion, the discrete graphics card is enforced, which drains the battery too fast.
I have not found any solution online to fix this. But I managed (thanks to PePe) to discover one.
How to use Integrated Graphics Card with VMware Fusion on OS ...
I know this is not the answer you want to hear, but unfortunately there is no way to disable the discrete GPU and use the integrated graphics, when using Bootcamp.
This has been discussed (to death) on support forums and on the web generally.
I have thought myself in the past, that it would be useful to be able to turn off the discrete GPU just to improve ...
I can assure you that it's not a hardware problem. It's a software problem that Apple doesn't seem to have fixed with the latest updates. I disabled graphic switching in energy preferences, and my crashes are gone. And I mean severe crashes that happened a lot! Total system freezes, except for the mouse pointer. System freezes mostly mean it's a kernel thing,...
Besides the drivers that Apple bundles with OS X updates, Nvidia also provides their own driver updates for their GeForce cards — yes, even the "mobile" cards that Apple puts in Macs. As far as I know, this is not true of AMD and Intel. In the case of your Retina MacBook Pro with an Nvidia card, there's beta support with Nvidia's latest drivers.
The 2016 15" MacBook Pro will support up to four external displays.
You can have either of the following two options:
Up to two 5K displays
Up to four 4K displays
Specifically per the tech specs of the 2016 MacBook Pro:
Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display
at millions of colors and:
Up to two displays with 5120-...
This blind method worked for me:
In order to disable or enable SIP (System Integrity Protection)
without being able to see recovery mode and launch the terminal, you
can use single-user recovery mode which takes you right into a command
Reboot Mac holding down COMMAND R S
Wait 30-60 seconds depending on how fast your boot disk is.
There are 3 types of mid 2014, two with integrated graphics & one with a discrete card.
The integrated chip is Intel 5100 or 5200 so yes, well within spec, even if you don't have the dual-graphics version with a GeForce GT 750M.