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Macbook Pro (early 2008) won't wake from sleep.

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Ric - Calculating status...
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Nov 3, 2008 11:44 AM
I've always had intermittent problems with sleep mode where instead of going to sleep the computer stays awake generating lots of heat and never being able to wake up.

Now, things have changed but are arguably worst. The computer usually seems to go to sleep okay. There's no excess heat and the LED pulses as it should. However, when I try to wake the computer from sleep (open the lid, press keyboard buttons, press power button) nothing happens. The screen just stays blank and eventually I have to hold down the power button to force a powerdown in order to bring the computer back. This is now occuring almost every time I put the computer in sleep mode.

I'm running Vista business SP1 in Bootcamp.

I've tried to uninstall/reinstall the bootcamp drivers but whenever I run the bootcamp setup it just says the setup failed before it could start. When I run the uninstall for Bootcamp services from Vista, it just terminates itself while gathering configuration data.

Anyone know if there's a fix for this?

It doesn't seem to happen under OS X so I suspect some kind of driver issue.

  • tbone92589 Calculating status...
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    Nov 9, 2008 10:17 AM (in response to Ric -)
    I have the same problem, except boot camp will uninstall for me. I've always had that issue where if I close the lid of my macbook in boot camp it turns itself back on, and turns into a mini heater during the process. After reformatting the computer (to give it a "fresh" start), the macbook does sleep when I close the lid, but almost never wakes up. It's really annoying when my work requires me to have programs such as photoshop running all the time and my computer sleeps before I saved. Anyway, I haven't been able to find anything else on this yet, so please let me know how you solve the problem.
    macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.5.3), piece of crap.
  • cretzler Calculating status...
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    Nov 16, 2008 6:49 AM (in response to Ric -)
    Ric, I have the exact same problem and it is becoming quite dangerous... It only happens in Vista with me and if my memory is correct only since upgrading to SP1.
    This has to be a driver issue! I've checked to see and all of my drivers are up-to-date, is there a better way to find updates than to use the online search in Device Manager?
    Should we just keep updating Windows and start praying? I can't find anything on a new Boot Camp coming out soon
    Macbook Pro 2.4 c2d 15", Mac OS X (10.5.5), Vista boot camp
  • SlavenPro Calculating status...
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    Dec 19, 2008 11:28 AM (in response to Ric -)
    FIXED (MBP early 08):

    I used to have sleep problems with Vista while trying to waking up from sleep (black sreen of death), also with XP when trying to sleep (freezing). Take me months to discovered that if you disable the bluetooth and the band A from the wireless ethernet solve the problem. Apparently the problem is caused by the Broadcom drivers.

    You need to disable the band A (if you use B/G) in device manager>Broadcom 802.11 Network Adapter>Properties>Advance>Disable Bands>Disable 802.11 a. In case you use a network A, then disable B/G.

    Months and no issues yet. Bootcamp is finally stable.

    Hope this helps.
    MBP (early 2008), Mac OS X (10.5.6), Vista SP1 x32
  • cgapperi Calculating status...
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    Feb 5, 2009 9:02 AM (in response to SlavenPro)
    Which Bluetooth did you disable? I go to Device manager and see Apple Built-in Bluetooth and Microsoft Bluetooth.
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Macbook pro - Vista Calculating status...
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    Feb 6, 2009 12:12 PM (in response to Ric -)
    Go to and download the 176.92 driver.

    I have been using this driver for almost a year now with no problem. I have tried reverting to the original apple video driver at least four times since I've had my macbook (bootcamp update actually did this for me), and every time my system would randomly refuse to resume from sleep.
    I have also tried a few other drivers at laptopvideo2go, including one of the 180 versions, without any luck. Some of them exhibited the same problem that the original one from apple did and others would not downclock the gpu when it was idle.

    Let me know if this solves your problem. I would also be interested if someone found a newer driver that works well on these machines.

    As an afterthought, I do not have the broadcom wireless adapter; mine is an Atheros. I realze that those with broadcom cards have had problems with theirs.

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