8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 2, 2009 2:18 AM by spinluke
Luneth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a MacBook Pro that was running 100% okay, until yesterday morning when I turned it off as I ran out the door and arrived home to a MacBook that will not turn on. All it does is turn on the little light "Sleep Light" I think, on the thing you press to release the latch. If you hold it up to your ear, the optical drive makes a dull whirring noise. There IS a DVD in there, so it could be an issue with that, I have tried the cardboard in the drive trick, but that doesn't mean I didn't do it wrong. Anyway, I have tried all of the "basic thing", everything that they are able to do at the Apple store, reset the PRAM, I check all of the cables on the inside (Which is why my laptop isn't currently being fix - appearently I voided the warrenty and they want $1200 to fix)

Anyway, I would REALLY appreciate if someone was able to help me out

Thank you in advance!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Mid 2007, 2 GB RAM, 2.0-2.2 GHZ Processor
  • tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,180 points)
    Hi L,

    So you have already brought it to the Apple Store? It would be helpful if you listed everything you/they have tried.

    It sounds like they found something wrong inside, that you caused, if they said you voided the warranty. What is that?

    Have you done a hard shutdown? Hold the power button down for 10 seconds/until it shuts down.

    What happens when you try booting after this?
  • spinluke Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have similar issue since yesterday - suddenly yesterday evening my MBP 2007 (Santa Rosa, with Nvidia 8600M GT) showed me a flickering screen. I switched it off and then it would never turn on again. As you, I see the "sleep light" turned ON; I heard the DVD spinning (there's the Mac OS X install CD in there which I inserted hoping it would boot). I have something to add which you did not mention: the chime keeps repeating. The chime repeats 3, 4 times, while fading and lowering in volume at the same time. Then it goes up again in volume and repeats the "fading", as if the booting process was initially hang then was restated. Screen is black and there's no other sign of life.

    I restored the initial 2Gb of RAM (since I thought my current 4Gb could have been faulting all of a sudden), with no results. I reset PRAM and SMC with no noticeable effect.

    I suspect the logic board is gone.

    I do also wonder how I can access my HD if at least the HD is sane (I have backup but it's 2 weeks old).

    Sorry I don't have any solution for you. I just wanted to add similar experience to yours.

    Cheers.
  • tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,180 points)
    Hi Luke,

    Try FireWire Target Disk Mode to retrieve data. If that doesn't work, you can always remove the HD and put it in an external enclosure.

    I would also go to an Apple Store or AASP and have them check for the NVIDIA issue.
  • spinluke Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi!

    I wanted to try the Target Disk Mode (I have a MINI which I could use to access it), but I wonder can it work if the MBP can't complete the boot sequence? By reading the doc on Target Disk Mode I understand the target computer shall be turned ON. I will give a try this evening.

    Regarding enclosure: do you know which type I shall look for? (hmm... maybe I shall just check online which interface the internal HD has for my MBP

    Tomorrow I will bring the laptop to the AASP.
    Thanks for your tips!

    Cheers, Luke.
  • tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,180 points)
    spinluke wrote:
    I wanted to try the Target Disk Mode (I have a MINI which I could use to access it), but I wonder can it work if the MBP can't complete the boot sequence?


    Only one way to find out.

    Regarding enclosure: do you know which type I shall look for? (hmm... maybe I shall just check online which interface the internal HD has for my MBP


    2.5" SATA. I would look for one with a FireWire connection as I believe it's superior to USB. If you're going to use it in the future and want higher quality, the Oxford chipset is the "standard."
  • travis27 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My mbp has done that a few times since new.

    Take out the battery and wait for the mysterious 15 seconds before putting it back in and watching it start up like a good computer.

    I'm just trying to remember whether there is a link between it not starting up as you describe and my problem I have now.

    MAC ... it just works.... until it doesn't!
  • calacour Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Luke -

    Mine was doing almost exactly the same thing. It was working fine until I put it to sleep. When I tried to wake it, the video wouldn't come on. I restarted and all it would do is repeat the chime over and over again. The video never came back on. I called Apple Care and did everything they told me, but to no avail so I brought it to the Apple Store. I just got it back (they sent it off to the repair depot) and they said it was my logic board, thermal sensor, and flex cable. Luckily Apple Care covered it and there was no charge.

    Hope this helps and good luck!
  • spinluke Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi!

    thanks for sharing your experience. I brought my laptop to an Apple authorized service center on Monday and am still waiting for them to come back to me with the result of their full diagnosis and any eventual charge (my MBP is from June 2007, so warranty has already expired )

    Will post here any news I have.
    Thanks!
    Cheers.

    Message was edited by: spinluke