Currently Being ModeratedNov 30, 2012 4:09 AM (in response to Cormac.McC)
Try resetting the SMC and pram. Beyond that you may be starting to develop hardware problems. The graphics problems you're having are a concern.
To reset the SMC
Shut down the computer.
Unplug the computer's power cord.
Wait fifteen seconds.
Attach the computer's power cord.
Wait five seconds, then press the power button to turn on the computer.
Resetting PRAM and NVRAM
Shut down the computer.
Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command, Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously in step 4.
Turn on the computer.
Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys. You must press this key combination before the gray screen appears.
Hold the keys down until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound for the second time.
Release the keys.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 30, 2012 4:03 PM (in response to Mike Sombrio)
Thanks a lot for the reply, i will try both of these things and report back in a day or so to tell you guys if it worked.
Out of curiosity, when you said the graphics problem is a concern, could it be something i could get fixed by having my motherboard replaced? or anything replaced that you know of. Thanks!
Currently Being ModeratedNov 30, 2012 6:42 PM (in response to Cormac.McC)
It sounds like the graphics card, which is soldered to the mother board, may be overheating and causing the fans to ramp up. So yes, if the mother board were replaced it would have a new graphics card. Understand though, that we're users just like you and there's no way to diagnose that problem online. If you suspect a hardware problem you would be wise to take it to the nearest Apple Store or authorized service provider and have a technician diagnose the problem.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 5, 2012 1:36 AM (in response to Mike Sombrio)
In reply to the smc restarts and pram restarts its been a few days since i tried them and really no noticable difference. I think it might just be the graphics card like you are saying so im i may take it into an apple store to get them to check it out. Just out of curiosity though, in the case that i take it there and they say theres nothing they can do, do you, or anyone else have any other ideas that could help fix this problem? Your help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 7, 2012 9:35 AM (in response to Cormac.McC)
Have you tried running the Apple Hardware Test in advance of taking it in?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 7, 2012 6:57 PM (in response to Mike Sombrio)
I didnt know there was such a thing, im sure that would help discover my problem. but i just tried it and then checked and it said the reason it didnt work was because the test is on my installation disk or one of those disks, and ive thrown them all out :'(
Currently Being ModeratedDec 7, 2012 7:00 PM (in response to Cormac.McC)
ive made an appointment at the apple store for sunday so hopefully they will find the problemo. Thanks for your help man! really made a difference in my understanding, if they cant find anything on sunday ill just throw it off the balcony and see if that helps .