2011 MacBook Pros Experience Crashes with Intense Usage

Last week, we highlighted that the early 2011 MacBook Pros are encountering problems with iTunes Home Sharing. It now seems that the premium MacBook models are also facing difficulties, particularly when pushing the new processors to their limits.

Under intense operational conditions like software compilation, virtual machine operations, or 3D rendering, these devices are overheating and subsequently freezing.

According to a user’s account on the MacRumors forum, the laptops become unresponsive to mouse or keyboard inputs, though they can still be accessed through SSH. A lengthy discussion on the Apple support discussion forums reveals a significant number of users facing this issue.

The good news is that the problem can be consistently replicated, which aids in diagnosing the root cause.

It is suspected that the issue may be linked to either the graphics driver or the power management system. This suggests that a simple firmware update from Apple could resolve the issue.


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