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MacBook Pro will not start up

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Hedi ® Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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May 15, 2012 8:33 AM



When I came back home today I found my MBP shut down while I left it turned on,

I pushed the power on button but all I had is a black screen and the physical lid's unlock button blinking white light,


I can't believe the computer is dead... Your opinions please


It's a MBP 15 inch 2008



  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    May 15, 2012 9:05 AM (in response to Hedi ®)

    SMC and PRAM reset


    Step by Step to fix your Mac

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (108,160 points)
  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    May 15, 2012 11:43 AM (in response to Hedi ®)

    You want a machine that lasts, your going to have to buy a Windows 64 bit gaming tower, not one of these cheap store PC's, but a good durable box and a common use parts and powerful power supply.


    10 years easy, and Microsoft supports the operating system for 10+ years. Change the monitor, keyboard, mouse, video card etc when you need too.


    Nice long lasting corporate box, clean out the dust every 6 months and it will last a very long time.



    Laptops never last long as they used too.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (108,160 points)
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    May 15, 2012 1:20 PM (in response to Hedi ®)

    Make a "Genius" appointment at an Apple Store to have the machine tested.


    Back up all data on the internal drive(s) before you hand over your computer to anyone. If privacy is a concern, erase the data partition(s) with the option to write zeros (do this only if you know how to restore, and you have at least two independent backups.) Don’t erase the Lion recovery partition, if present.



    There are several ways to back up a Mac that is unable to fully boot. You need an external hard drive to hold the backup data.


    1. Boot from your recovery partition (10.7 or later), a local Time Machine backup volume (10.7.2 or later), or your installation disc (10.6.8 or earlier.) Launch Disk Utility and follow the instructions in the support article linked below, under “Instructions for backing up to an external hard disk via Disk Utility.”


    How to back up and restore your files


    2. If you have a working Mac, and both it and the non-working Mac have FireWire ports, boot the non-working Mac in target disk mode by holding down the key combination command-T at the startup chime. Connect the two Macs with a FireWire cable. The internal drive of the machine running in target mode will mount as an external drive on the other machine. Copy the data to another drive.


    How to use and troubleshoot FireWire target disk mode


    3. If the internal drive of the non-working Mac is user-replaceable, remove it and mount it in an external enclosure or drive dock. Use another Mac to copy the data.


  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,930 points)
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    May 15, 2012 2:20 PM (in response to Hedi ®)

    Hedi ® wrote:


    This is the second time I buy a Mac that dies after 3 years

    First an iMac I bought in 2005, it died in 2008

    This MBP I bought in 2008, it died in 2012


    It's a little EXPENSIVE buying a Mac for a 3 years lifetime

    They are also a little expensive to just give up on. Have you tried to boot with a CD or external drive? Notebook hard drives, PCs or Macs, tend to die after about three years. All notebooks, including Macs, are made in the same factories in China. The only difference is that the Apple quality control is better. Still, when you sell as many machines as Apple does, there are a small number of failures. That is what AppleCare is for.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,930 points)
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    May 15, 2012 3:32 PM (in response to Hedi ®)

    Hedi ® wrote:




    The machine is dead... Took it to an Apple reseller they told me it's a known failure on the MBP 2k8, logic board needs to be replaced.

    If it is a known failure then Apple will fix it. Is it the Nvidia graphics board failure? If so, Apple will fix it four years after purchase. It seems silly to have one failure then stop buying product in favor of other brands that have much higher rates of failure.


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