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  • 15. Re: mid 2010 macbook pro freezes and restarts when moved.
    edgarfromnorth las vegas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My macbook doesn't have that problem anymore. i bought a new hard drive cable from ifixit.com and installed it about 2 months ago and the problem seems to have been fixed. i haven't had my macbook freeze or crash when moved for about 1 month.

  • 16. Re: mid 2010 macbook pro freezes and restarts when moved.
    Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,470 points)

    SEE!

     

    Cable, connector or board.

     

    Occam's Razor strikes again.....

  • 17. Re: mid 2010 macbook pro freezes and restarts when moved.
    drew.jmac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is maybe the issue. I installed Mountain Lion (guh), and it ruined my computer by writing its installation over the operating system paritition. The solution at the Apple store was to replace my hard drive. After doing this my fan was going ballistic and my computer was super hot, so i reset the SMC and the PRAM, which worked to reset the something and my computer and fan chilled out (pun intended), then the crashes started. They would occur when I picked the computer up, or press a key too hard, or bump the table, or for no reason at all (If i left it on a table it would eventually just go down). sometimes it wouldn't start back up again without an pram restart, sometimes i'd have to leave it for a few hours or the display wouldn't come back on, and sometimes it would make horribly loud beeping sounds. I reseated the ram, no go. I cloned everything over to an external, and booted off that, in order to bypass the internal hard drive, it worked for awhile then started crashing. I even took out the hard drive to boot exclusively externally. Again, crashing. Disk utility sometimes says that the various hard drive's are just fine, sometimes that they need repair, sometimes repair works, sometimes not. nothing changes with these hard drives, I've used three to no avail. I'm going to go ahead and rule out the cable seeing as I've run off an external. I'll also rule out the connector... which leaves the board... maybe. I'm heading to the Apple store Sunday and I'm secretly wishing they'll just give me a new one :-( I'll post here when I know what's up, unless anyone else has advice.

     

    EDIT:

    I'm also not sure that it's the battery... These shutdowns don't always occur in the same way. Last night for example, I had my computer in bed (it shut down on the way, but i really wanted to watch walking dead before bed) all of a sudden the screen went nuts, it was still on, but sections of the screen image were distorting and swaying back and forth (i'm not sure how to properly describe this but it was kind of like a digital 2D tornado).

  • 18. Re: mid 2010 macbook pro freezes and restarts when moved.
    Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,470 points)

    If only Murphy were so kind....

     

    Whereas running off the external drive should lead to more stability, the fact that the internal drive is still spinning in there and hanging from a potentially bad cable may cause the controller (that also takes care of the external) to freak out at regular intervals.

     

    While you do the testing, would suggest you unplug/remove the internal drive altogether and really take that chain of components completely out of the equation.

  • 19. Re: mid 2010 macbook pro freezes and restarts when moved.
    drew.jmac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've done so. worked for a bit, then crash :-( just to ensure the usb didn't become unseated I tried it without again and after awhile... crash.

  • 20. Re: mid 2010 macbook pro freezes and restarts when moved.
    edgarfromnorth las vegas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The description you have of your computer problem was exactly how mine was and it was really irritating.. I don't know of replacing the hard drive cable was the solution, but I haven't had any problems since then.

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