Force 2011 MacBook Pro 8,2 failed AMD GPU to ALWAYS use integrated GPU (EFI var fix)

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    Exclamation Force 2011 MacBook Pro 8,2 failed AMD GPU to ALWAYS use integrated GPU (EFI var fix)

    There were two possible solutions to fix a MacBook Pro 8,2 with failed AMD GPU :
    1) Pay a sh!tload of money to Apple to replace a logic board, or buy it from eBay ---> very expensive and will also fail after some time
    2) Either do BGA reballing ($50) or BGA reballing with AMD chip replacement ($35) to guarantee a success, less than $100 in any case

    Any of these two solutions requires money... But now there is a third solution,
    a purely software fix which you can do for FREE :
    it is possible to completely disable a discrete GPU by a EFI variable, forcing it to use integrated only all the time (even while booting!) to
    make MBP usable again!
    Here are the instructions - https://forums.macrumors.com/threads...e-fix.2037591/

    After this wonderful purely software fix, the failing discrete GPU is completely disabled
    and you can't even enable it in gfxCardStatus

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    All the questions and comments regarding this thread - better to post to this MacRumors thread,
    because I can't promise that I will be checking all the places of Internet where I spread this instruction

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