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MacBook Pro Logic Board Failure

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Keith Walsh Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Dec 7, 2010 7:47 AM
I was using my computer just fine (2007 MBP core 2 duo) all day. Put it to sleep came back after 30 minutes and tried to wake it and it's dead. I held down the power key to shut it down then tried to restart no luck. No start up chime, no screen, keyboard seems dead as well (caps lock light does not light up), HD does not start up. The only signs of life are the white light on the screen latch that is now on, the fans are spinning and the DVD drive seems to work.

Reset the power management module and zapped the PRAM, no luck.
MBP 2007 Core 2 duo 2.2, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • PrinceZordar Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Dec 8, 2010 12:58 PM (in response to Keith Walsh)
    Have you tried reseating the RAM? Typically you'll get some sort of flashing light or error beeps, but it's a quick and easy thing to test out.

    MacBook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • MeisterDirektor Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 15, 2010 8:06 AM (in response to Keith Walsh)
    As I write this, my MBP laptop is on its way to California to be checked out by Apple techs. I have the same problem and fear that my Nvidia chip is not the issue. It is very disturbing that my computer is just 2 years old, and I may have to pay for a new logic board. I am kicking myself for not purchasing Apple Care. I suppose I had too much faith in Apple to ever think that it would fail. I have a G4 desktop that is 11 years old and runs like a champ...I bought Apple care then, but never needed it. I am hoping that it IS the Nvidia chip issue, and I get a free replacement. If not, then this will be the last Apple product I ever buy. For a $2000.00 machine, I expect it to last a bit longer. Mr. Jobs, I have been a believer since 1984, and spent a lot of money on your should make this right with all of us going through this problem. If you install defective logic boards, then you should replace them all for free. Good luck Keith...and everyone else suffering the same issue.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 Level 9 (55,540 points)
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    Dec 15, 2010 10:40 AM (in response to Keith Walsh)
    "I will just add this this does not fit the description of the Nvidia graphics"

    Agree. However, if I were you, I would confirm this by taking the MBP to an Apple Store or an AASP. They will run a few diagnostic tests to determine exactly what is wrong. To CYA, make a copy of the Article and bring it w/you to the repair shop.

    "My MacBook Pro has gone through two defective batteries and now a total failure. Unfortunately, while *I had AppleCare it expired in June.*"

    If you live in the USofA, plead your case w/Customer Relations - 1-800-767-2275. See what they can do for you.
    If you do not live in the US, call the support # in your country & ask *firmly & politely* to be transferred over to the Customer Relations department.

    Good luck!

    G5 20' iMac w/iSight/Remote, 2.5GB RAM, 250GB HD, Mac OS X (10.4.11), "Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference."
  • MalcW Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Dec 16, 2010 6:30 AM (in response to Baby Boomer (USofA))
    I just recently had the exact same problem. My AppleCare Protection Plan expired about 10 days before the fault. Computer went to sleep and refused to wake up. Light on at the front - fans on etc but nothing - zip. Called the Apple Care helpline and they were very helpful and referred me to the Apple Store. If it was the Nvidia card at fault then this is covered for 4 years from DoP.

    At the store they ran a check - but honestly I'm not sure whether they could really assess whether it was the graphics card or the logic board. Whatever it was they replaced the entire logic board foc (VERY expensive!) and all is OK now. So, my experience was good but I do share a growing concern about the "bustability" of the newer machines!

    One final question - with a new logic board I have found some things are "broken". For example - syncing no longer works 'cos it thinks I have a new computer. Some old iTunes Protected files no longer play because it thinks I have a "new" computer. I've fixed these issues. Anyone know of any more that might crop up? I'm guessing that it is because the "old" logic board was the thing that get's registered and these apps thinks that the "new" logic board is a "new" computer.

    MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz, 250GB drive. 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Using external Cinema Display
  • MalcW Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Dec 17, 2010 3:08 AM (in response to Keith Walsh)
    Hi Keith,

    I wish I could be more specific but I honestly don't know.

    I hit the enter key as usual after putting the computer to sleep and I heard a whirring noise (as usual) but the screen stayed blank.

    Thinking back on it, it was probably the optical drive spinning up.

    I force switched the computer off (by holding down the power button) and tried switching it on again. There was no startup chime but the optical drive certainly powered up as did the "on" light on the front. Sadly I can't honestly say whether the hard drive spun up or not.

    At the Apple Store the "technician" (I use the term advisedly) used a LaCie hard drive which had some words on it including "Nvidia" and hooked it up to the USB socket on the computer but I'm not convinced it registered anything. He then used another similar drive that I thought included the words "Logic Board" but I don't think that did anything either. Frankly I'm not sure he knew what he was doing which in the end probably turned out to my advantage!

    Sorry I can't answer your question directly. My gut feel was that it didn't spin up but I have to stress I really don't know.

    MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz, 250GB drive. 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Using external Cinema Display
  • MalcW Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Dec 18, 2010 9:44 AM (in response to Keith Walsh)
    Oh dear.....

    Good luck with resolving the problem. I touch wood that over the years (I started with a SE30) I have had very few issues.....
    MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz, 250GB drive. 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Using external Cinema Display
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