Replace C9560 Tantalum Capacitor on MacBook Pro 2010 15in
MacBook Pro 2010 15in Kernel Panic issues
This is a very common issue on the 15in 2010 MacBook Pros (logic board number 820-2850), often mistakenly attributed to a failed GPU or graphics chip. In fact in most cases the issue is with a tantalum capacitor on the logic board (C9560) this capacitor often fails and causes a slight short to ground, so when the computer switches from the integrated (Intel HD Graphics) to the dedicated (NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M) GPU it causes a kernel panic. The solution is to replace the C9560 capacitor for a larger and more reliable polymer capacitor (extending the ground plane to allow fixation).
- Intermittent kernel panics
- Crashing when playing videos (such as youtube, where the machine switches to the higher GPU)
- GPU panics mentioned in the console logs.
- ASD failing with GPU errors.
Symptoms unlikely to be caused by this issue
- Graphical artefacts on screen (blockiness, corruption etc) - much more likely to be the GPU itself
- Colour wash (single colour round windows etc) - likely to be GMUX chip, contact us for options.
- Not booting through (stopping 3/4 way across the loading screen) - more likely GPU or hard drive.
It is possible to negate some of the effects by using software such as GFX Switcher X to set the machine to only use the integrated GPU (Intel) rather than the dedicated one. However this is not a permanent fix, and eventually repair will need to be done.
This repair is done on a no-fix, no-fee basis (assuming the machine has the C9560 issue and no other faults).
We've carried out over 50 of these repairs as of September 2017, with a huge success rate.
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