10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 28, 2013 6:02 AM by bastrup
bastrup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a Macbook early 2008 version with Snow Leopard. It has started to behave very strange. By other means I have checked the HDD and the RAM and both seem fine. I would like to run a HW test, but it seems that AHT on the original leopard discs doesn´t support the Snow Leopard. What could be the matter?

Frank


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: hardware test
    a brody Level 9 Level 9 (63,290 points)

    Do you get an error message when you try to boot with the Startup Manager on the Leopard discs? https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-4672

  • 2. Re: hardware test
    bastrup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi

    Yes. The message reads something like "hardware test is not compatible with ..." I apologize for the lack of precision, but in the hours passed since my question the macbook has become even worse. It will not even start any more. So I´m afraid I´m looking into a complete shutdown.

    Thanks for the answer.

  • 3. Re: hardware test
    a brody Level 9 Level 9 (63,290 points)

    Then either you misidentified the discs, or you applied a firmware update that renders the discs useless.  I've heard the latter can sometimes happen, but not frequently.   What is the strange behavior?

  • 4. Re: hardware test
    bastrup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Today the Macbook starts up very slowly. It halts for several minutes at the Apple logo while the spinning wheel circulates slowly, then jumps to the blue/grey screen and stays there.

    Yesterday morning it managed to actually finish the startup and show finder, but everything ran extremely slow.

    This doesn´t look like any SW error I have ever seen, so I think I have to hand it in for service :-)

  • 5. Re: hardware test
    noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)

    How much spare HD space do you have available? (look at the bottom of a Finder window)

  • 6. Re: hardware test
    bastrup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is 15Gb available.

  • 7. Re: hardware test
    noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)

    That's marginal. I wouldn't expect too many problems until below 10GB, but it does depend what applications you're running and how much RAM you have.

     

    Check Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor > System Memory and tell us the page in and page out figures, please.

     

    Activity Monitor page out.png

  • 8. Re: hardware test
    bastrup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi

    I´m sorry but as I can´t even get the MB started properly right now, I´m not able to check that. But thanks for the suggestion.

  • 9. Re: hardware test
    a brody Level 9 Level 9 (63,290 points)

    If your hard disk is bigger than 100 GB, you have too little space to work with.    You must keep your hard disk at least 15% free to avoid issues with it.

  • 10. Re: hardware test
    bastrup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks a brody.

    I´ll try one last thing and put in a bigger HDD and see what happens.