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Crash with glitching screen

Hi all,

I turn myself to you as a last resort for an annoying issue with my Mid-2012 Macbook Air. Recently my Macbook started crashing at random intervals.

The symptoms are always nearly the same: computer freezes, screen has these glitching squares and the computer restarts after a few seconds. To me this seems like a crash, but since it happened both under small and high workloads, regardless of the application I was using,

I started to keep a log. I was not able to find any way to predict when the computer would crash. The battery level didn’t make a difference, the workload neither, the angle of the screen (I though maybe a bad connection with the GPU) made no difference either.

Extra remarks: The crashes seem to happen at shorter intervals as time goes by. Sometimes there is a distortion of the audio as the crash occurs (a loud crackling noise), but this happens only one out of ten times.

Because I want to continue using my MacBook, which for the rest functions absolutely fine and fits my needs, I was hoping to get some insight from you. Thank you in advance!

Things I tried so far:

  • I replaced the battery with a fresh one two weeks ago, this made no difference to the problem.
  • I reset the PRAM and SMC, no difference
  • I updated the computer, no difference
  • I have Windows installed on my PC and the crashes happen there, too.
  • Wiped the computer clean and reinstalled everything using Time Machine, no difference.

Attached you will find a picture of the screen after a crash.

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Sadly, your logic board has a problem. This series uses an intergraded graphics engine within the CPU chip. This graphics engine uses the system memory for video memory.

What I’m suspecting is one of the memory chips has a bad connection so it corrupts the video signal being stored within it as well as the OS. Looking at the crash report will likely list a memory address of the fail point.

Its likely easier to just replace the logic board MacBook Air 13" Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement . You’ll find the boards listed in the guide.

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