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Macbook Pro (may 2009) constantly freezes for >10 secs

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bliekp Calculating status...
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Jun 29, 2009 4:11 AM
My MBP (2.8 GHz, 15"), is constantly freezing up. Completely unresponsive. Sometimes mouse still works, sometimes not. Sometimes keyboard usable, sometimes not. But in all cases apps don't respond (all of them). Sometimes I can alt-tab through apps, but they don't respond anyway. Dock is frozen as well.

After 10-20 secs this all goes away and the MBP comes back to its normal self.

It didn't do this in the first week I got this. It started a couple of days ago and it is getting worse and worse. Now this happens every 5 min... sometimes 15.

Anyone any clues?

I really don't like to reinstall OS X, since this is my main machine, and that would be a lot of work...

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MBP 15", 2.8 GHz, may 2009, Mac OS X (10.5.7), standard model
  • Stefan2908 Calculating status...
    What disk drive do you have installed in it?
    MacBook Pro 17" (June 2009) 3.06GHz/8GB/500GB@7200, Mac OS X (10.5.7), None
  • DaddyPaycheck Level 6 Level 6 (16,035 points)
    How full is the hard drive?
    A collection of clinking, clanking, clattering caliginous junk., Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier, PDP11
  • MacRS4 Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
    I was having this problem with my late 2008 MBP - it had a 500Gb Seagate 5400RPM drive in it. Essentially it would randomly pause.

    Tried fresh installs, no help. I ended up swapping out to a 500Gb 7200RPM unit, and putting the 5400rpm unit in my Mini.

    Now I cloned from the 500Gb/5400 to the Seagate 500Gb/7200RPM - problem has completely gone.

    As a side note I don't get the issue on the Mini either from what I can tell. To be fair that's mainly a media centre though so doesn't get used anything like as much actively.

    Some stuff on my blog about it here:
    Macbook Pro 2.4Ghz 4Gb 500Gb/7200RPM Late 2008, MB 2.2Ghz, 4Gb 320Gb Late 2007, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Loads of Windows PCs, HP Servers etc.
  • MacRS4 Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
    Couldn't agree with you more mate. Especially if the drive is part of the stock delivered by Apple.

    If you have an external firewire drive try cloning to that and booting from it. It may rule out/in the internal hard drive actually having an issue. You'll get slower performance from the f/w drive of course, but it should at least be consistent and without the pauses.

    I mean if it is consistent, and you don't get the pauses, and you cloned, you'll know it's likely an issue with the hard disk itself.

    Do you know what unit the 500Gb is? The one I was having issue with was a ST9500325AS.
    Macbook Pro 2.4Ghz 4Gb 500Gb/7200RPM Late 2008, MB 2.2Ghz, 4Gb 320Gb Late 2007, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Loads of Windows PCs, HP Servers etc.
  • Stefan2908 Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    Well all I can say is that I get random pauses too and I have a 500GB 7200RPM Drive which also makes some very odd noises which kind of makes me think it is not your drive at all but may indeed be software related. Have you run a hardware test at all? Is your drive S.M.A.R.T. verified? Just a couple of things to check I understand your frustration completely. I am totally naffed off that I specd a 7200 drive and it gives pauses. In my case I know it is the drive and mine is going back because I have only had it for a few days.
    MacBook Pro 17" (June 2009) 3.06GHz/8GB/500GB@7200, Mac OS X (10.5.7), None
  • MacRS4 Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
    Take it back to the shop - it simply shouldn't be doing it.

    The clone onto an external drive will 'prove' whether it's s/w or h/w. I.e. if you get the same issue running from f/w it's likely a s/w issue. If you don't, probably the hard disk.
    Macbook Pro 2.4Ghz 4Gb 500Gb/7200RPM Late 2008, MB 2.2Ghz, 4Gb 320Gb Late 2007, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Loads of Windows PCs, HP Servers etc.
  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,605 points)
    To those who posted--Remember that the Late 2008 and all 2009 MBPs now have a separate forum area due to significant hardware changes. It's here:

    People with machines of your generation hang out there and more help may be available by moving your posts.
    PowerMac G4 MDD 1.25G SP;, Mac OS X (10.4.11), ; MacBookPro Late2007 2.2G 15" (10.5.7); PowerBook G4 1Ghz 17" (10.4.11)
  • Haricot Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
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    Jun 29, 2009 10:20 AM (in response to bliekp)
    Did you by any chance apply EFI Update 1.7 firmware recently?
  • iyacyas Level 4 Level 4 (1,535 points)
    If you did the update read this thread and proceed to contact Apple Care about it as they need to know you have this problem with stock drives and you need your machine fixed. Take it back end of story!!!
    24" imac, 12" powerbook, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 12" Powerbook is the best MAC ever...
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