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HI! early 2008 MBP 4,1 startup or power up Failure! HELP! thks!

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Nov 1, 2012 12:24 PM

I have an early 2008 Macbook pro 4,1. The computer was sleeping all night, and when I pull up the screen to use it, the Mac apparently was running but no screen on it, so I try to increase or decrease de light on the screen but nothing happened, so I force it to shut down with the power bottom, then I tried to power it up, and it really does for 2 to 3 seconds, and it shut down... there is nothing at screen. What i did to troubleshoot with no results: press de power bottom for 5 seconds with no mega safe adapter and battery - press de left shift + option + command + power bottom with the megasafe adapter - I did take the HDD - took de RAM memory.


Another thing: When I took the Ram memory the MB stayed beeping like telling me that there was no memory, but it didn’t shut down. I had to shut it down myself...


Any suggestion please!? Thanks a lot!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,445 points)

    The early 2008 MBPs had serious videocard problems which you may be experiencing. You will need to go to an Apple Store or service provider to have the MBP tested which may cost you. The problem is that the 4 year extended video card warranty has long expired for all these models so getting a free repair is not likely.


    Some discussions to peruse.




  • victoryhat Level 2 Level 2 (450 points)

    Hi.  I have heard of the problem you and dalstott are talking about.  I subscribe to a number of Mac podcasts on iTunes.  These podcasts have discussed this issue.  If you go to your apple store and try to have the problem taken care of and find that the person you are talking to won't/can't help because of the expired warranty, ask to speak to the manager.  Always be respectful and tell the truth.  If there is no help from the manager contact apple customer relations.  If needed contact, by email, the CEO of apple.  Always be respectful and pleasant when communicating with apple.  The reason why I am telling you this is because on the podcasts I subscribe to there have been recent reports of people having the video card replaced or a new machine given, even though the warranty on the video card has expired.  Good Luck.


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