Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2013 7:41 AM (in response to MattKiki)
Just wondering if you ever found a solution. My mid 2009 MacBook Pro is experiencing absolutely identical problems. It's been with the Genius Bar for over a week and they're stumped.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2013 9:21 AM (in response to rache47)
@rache47 my MacBook Pro "died" last year and I moved to my lovely PC. FYI the problem was NVIDIA graphic card. I wasn't aware of this problem that was active since I bought it for over 2,200 GBP (customized) in Manchester (UK).
The Apple Support is absolutely worthless. The solution was to buy another logic board, that cost more then a PC. I bought a brand new Dell PC with a great performance. I'm not planing to go back to Mac again. Sorry!
"Good luck" with Mac.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 13, 2013 3:10 AM (in response to MattKiki)
Any chance there was any ever any liquid spilled on your Mac? Apple are saying liquid spilled three years ago is the likely cause of this new problem so they can't guarantee any replacement parts will work (though the next step is a new logic board).
Currently Being ModeratedApr 14, 2013 1:31 AM (in response to rache47)
The liquid spilled? I don't think so. That is just an excuse from them. I kept my Mac in best condition ever, because it cost me lots of money... but after exactly one year my Mac hardware started to fail. It's not worth buying a logic board and you still have that 2009 MacBook Pro.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2013 10:10 PM (in response to MattKiki)
I have the exact same model with the exact same symptoms. My problem seems to be randomly shutting down when running on battery, and less frequent when plugged in. So far I've replaced the internal HDD with a solid state drive AND bought a new battery to no avail. Anybody have any other theories for what this might be? From memory, I can only think these problems started as soon as I upgraded (and clean install) from Lion to Mountain Lion. I've also read people have been having power issues with Mountain Lion, so wondering if this may be connected?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 13, 2013 4:23 AM (in response to leadingdesigns)
My MBP (mid-2009) also shows this behaviour. I have not tried to clear any SMC or PRAM, as I don't have the MBP with me atm. I thought this was a battery issue - well maybe it's the SMC/PRAM/NVRAM after all.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 14, 2013 11:09 PM (in response to MattKiki)
Hi all- late to the thread.
After searching many threads for Macbook Pro Late 2009 Intermittent Crash Battery Startup and everything inbetween, I found the applicable place.
I too have had similar issues. It started in Dec. 2012 with the crashing at startup after the apple but before the spinning grey wheel. Twe weeks later the end of the world came for my harddrive. Total crash, no booting, etc- tried everything, ended up buying a crucial SSD (which I love, btw) and DiskWarrior to recover 90% of files. Long story short, it seemed to fix the problem for a couple days.
Fast forward a week, the crashing begins again, but only when booting on battery power. It would not go to login screen on battery, but after 2-3 tries on AC power, it would finally allow me to login. Once logged in, all was fine, so long as the computer did not sleep. Once in sleep mode, it would not wake and my reboot process began again. When I installed the new HD, I reinstalled OSX, and upgraded to latest version at the time, reset SMC/PRAM/NVRAM, no change. I take it to Genius Bar, they find nothing wrong, say the battery is great, and that I should just leave the thing plugged in all the time... Frustrating, but ok.
By June, the computer crashed so often it was unusable. I was furious and left the computer unused for 2 months.
Now, In August, I just upgraded to Mountain Lion 10.8.4, and it has only done this once, on the restart after install. Plugged her back in, restarted, finished the install. Then I removed extraneous apps (remote access desktop client, spotify, and an alarm clock) from startup, unplugged the computer, and LO and BEHOLD it booted no problem. Repeated the process 6 times with no issues.
Self-EDIT: Hooray for 5 minutes until I spent time to post here and tell you all the great story and recommend updating OSX. Now it's crashing again.
My guess is the nvidia graphics board problem mentioned in other 2009 pro threads. Potentially, software updates until 2012 had kept it at bay, and then the 2012 update unravelled it.
Anyone else actually find a fix yet? I'm visiting the Genius Bar at the end of the week for a final exam and potential logicboard replacement.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 2, 2013 6:01 PM (in response to g_Love102)
Exactly the same for me...
MBP 17´´ mid 2009, same symptoms ! (bought in France)
It started turning off while I was away from the computer.
I spent 2 days doing everything possible, and now I´m just struggling to save the data before it dies.
If it can help, it also turned off while performing fsck -fy check after starting the computer with Cmd + S.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 4, 2013 8:26 AM (in response to MattKiki)
Hi again folks,
I found out what was the root cause for this (on my mine as least):
My MBP got an entire cup of coffee on the keyboard last years so I figured it could be the problem even if it worked well for 10 months.
Only 3 hours of sleep in 3 days as I unbuilt it entirely, from head to toes.
All parts were clean carefully and the connections and wires checked, however this was done too late.
Some parts of the logic board were corroded...
My wife had also an MBP from beginning of 2009 that was half broken, so I decided to take the logic board from it.
It works perfectly !
Long story short, if you ever drop liquid on the keyboard, turn off you computer right away and put it up-side down.
Don't be afraid to unbuild it if the warranty has expired, there are good tutorials on the net.
It's very easy to remove the logic board and other parts to clean them properly.
I also removed the entire keyboard as I believed the coffee might had created a shortcut... but it was a nightmare to remove (50 very small screws, glue, ...) !!!
Anyway, you can do it if it's your very last option; if not the keyboard can be cleaned "quite well" by removing the keys one by one.
Good luck and cheers !
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