Apple MacBook Pro Repair Program for Graphics/Video Failures (Early 2011 to Late 2013 models)
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MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues
(from Apple's MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program page)

"Apple has determined that a small percentage of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts. These MacBook Pro systems were sold between February 2011 and December 2013.

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will repair affected MacBook Pro systems, free of charge. See below for details on affected models and service options.

As of February 20, 2015, the repair process will be available in the U.S. and Canada. In other countries, it will be available as of February 27, 2015.

Symptoms
An affected MacBook Pro may display one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen
  • No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on
  • Computer restarts unexpectedly

Products affected

  • 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models manufactured in 2011
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina models manufactured from Mid 2012 to Early 2013

Use the "Check your Coverage" tool on the Apple Support site to determine if your MacBook Pro model matches the list of affected products...

Apple is contacting customers who paid for a repair either though Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to arrange reimbursement. If you have not been contacted, but paid for a repair that you think was due to this issue, please contact Apple.

The program covers affected MacBook Pro models until February 27, 2016 or three years from its original date of sale, whichever provides longer coverage for you."

The repair program page has more info on carry-in and mail-in service options.
(Many owner reports of this problem over the years. Here's an example Apple MacBook Pro forum thread on graphics failures started in Feb 1st, 2013 that as of Feb. 19th, 2015 is now over 800 pages long.)
  

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    February 18th, 2015 News Archive
  • SoftRAID 5.0.6 Update fixes potential data corruption bug (on rebuilt arrays)
  • Updated Benchmarks from USB3 drives connected to OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock
  • Another post on OS X 10.10.2 Kernel Panics When Ejecting Thunderbolt Drives (several other threads on this problem including here and here)
  • How to Create Your Own Custom Icons in OS X 10.7.5 or Later
  • Apple wins patent for virtual reality goggles (that uses an iPhone)
  • iTunes 12.1.1 for Windows 64-bit (for older video cards)
  • Swift Performance in Xcode 6.3 Beta (benchmarks)
  • Privacy Badger Browser extension updated
  • Apple Support Article Updates:
    - Manage your iCloud storage
    - Using Mail Connection Doctor
    - Mail keeps asking for your password
    - OS X: Saving energy with Sleep
    - Installing OS X on an external volume
    - Installer reports "OS X could not be installed on your computer"
      or "This disk cannot be used to start up your computer"

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