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MBP Graphic Chip Failing

My MBP has gone crazy, how can i know if it is related to the recent MBP Graphics Chips Failing?

What are the symptoms of this failure?

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Flickering screen, solid horizontal or diagonal lines of light, start up but no screen. Connect another display to the DVI port, if you get a signal, the display is toast, if not- the GPU is. APPLECARE?

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3.most likely the graphics chip has overheated and the solder has melted and lost it's joints on the motherboard. you can either reflow the bga (this doesn't always fix it, or undoes itself if not done properly, or replace the graphics chip, or change the motherboard. here are some useful videos:
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