I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro (2.2 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 memory) running OS 10.8.2. It has two graphics components: an AMD Radeon HD 6750M and a built-in Intel HD Graphics 3000. Since I've had the computer, the screen would get a blue tint when the computer switched between them.
However, as of two days ago, the problem has become substantially more severe. The computer was working fine, when all of a suddent the screen when completely blue. I had to force restart the computer. Since then, the screen has gone awry (see photos below) on numerous occassions - each time necessitating a hard reset.
You can see here that the problem isn't restricted to the "blue screen" outcome. In one of the images, there is a severe amount of horizontal distrotion (especially in the menubar); in the other, the screen became split (the left side of the screen is on the right and vice versa!).
I installed gfxCardStatus, and have discovered that the computer runs fine using the integrated card, but as soon as I switch to the discrete card - the screen breaks in some fashion (typically vertical lines, alternating blue and green).
I am just wondering what my options are (any input on any of these would be appreciated!):
1) Replace the logic board. Would this necessarily fix the issue?
2) Is there any way to "fix" the graphics card?
3) Keep using gfxCardStatus and only use the integrated graphics card. This is definitely the easiest/cheapest option, but to have such a computer and not be able to use the graphics card seems like a real shame.
4) Is there any other alternative?