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My MBP 17" most times alows a login and opening of one application.

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Once in the application I can work fine as long as I don't try to exit.  And after a while the menus are no longer available at the top, and sometimes the popup on the bottom quits. If any other program opens a popup (software update) then the keyboard goes dead. The only way out is a hard shut down via power button. I'm on the machine right now and can surf the web without issue till the cows come home. I can't exit Firefox, cant use the menu at the top, I can use the mouse to minimize and restore this window, but clicking on anything on my desktop will only highlight it, not open. I have spent $$$ having someone look at it, they said memory was bad, replaced it. Said everything else was fine. It isn't.


I have done the drive check - all ok., tried to reinstall from the original discs and got some good for a while. tried booting and holding some key (cant remember which one - r or p maybe) to clear something upon boot and it worked fine for 3 programs then failed.


I also have a time capsule I used for backup and WIFI that seems to have mutinied at the same time.


Am I screwed?

MacBook Pro (17-inch 2.4 GHz), Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,200 points)

    How large is your hard drive and how much hard drive space do you have left?



    Disconnect all peripherals from your computer.

    Boot from your install disc & run Repair Disk from the utility menu. To use the Install Mac OS X disc, insert the disc, and restart your computer while holding down the C key as it starts up.

    Select your language.

    Once on the desktop, select Utility in the menu bar.

    Select Disk Utility.


    Select the disk or volume in the list of disks and volumes, and then click First Aid.

    Click Repair Disk.

    Restart your computer when done.


    Repair permissions after you reach the desktop- and restart your computer.









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  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,200 points)

    Could the hard drive be bad and not show bad in the repairdisk?

    It's a possibility.  Run the hardware test and post your results - Intel-based Macs: Using Apple Hardware Test


    Common symptoms of a dying hard drive


    Hard drive is making a clicking, whirring, grinding, ping pong ball noise or any other type of unusual noises.

    Hard drive is not spinning.

    Computer is not recognizing the hard drive.

    Sluggish loading of applications.

    System freezes and hangs.

    An interesting site - Hard Drive Sounds by drive manufacturer.



    i operate the computer w/o a battery using the wall plug, could this be part of the problem?

    Not a good thing to do - MacBook and MacBook Pro: Mac reduces processor speed when battery is removed while operating from an A/C adaptor








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  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,200 points)

    Ill Logicboard? Aliens?



    If you have Apple Care, call them and get a case number.  If no warranty, take the computer to an Apple store or an AASP.  Whichever is more convenient for you.









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  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,200 points)

    Other than recommending that you try a safe boot I am out of suggestions - Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode


    The only other thing I can recommend are diy websites - Do-It-Yourself Laptop Repair


    Research YouTube's 'How To' video tutorials






    VIDEO-How to remove the keyboard on a Macbook Pro


    How to replace keys on an Apple MacBook Pro Keyboard




    There may be an AASP closer to you than an Apple Store - How to find your nearest Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP).  Apple Stores are not the only places to have a Mac repaired.









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    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers


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