11 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2009 8:03 PM by Rod Hagen
"80 GB" iPod Level 1 Level 1
Are the instructions for resetting the SMC on MacBook Pro models *before 2008* different? I keep getting directed to the link below but it does not help:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1411?viewlocale=en_US

*_Yes, I:_*
1. Turn off my computer.
2. Disconnect the AC adapter and remove the computer's battery.
3. Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds and then release the button.
4. Reconnect the battery and AC Adapter.
5. Press the power button to restart the computer.

I even see the LED on the adapter momentarily turn off as the "SMC resets".

I believe I am unable to reset the SMC on my 2007 MacBook Pro as I continue to have the same problems, problems which are supposed to be resolved by resetting the SMC.

I thank you for your time and any help you can provide in this matter.

MacBook Pro 17 inch High Res, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Solved by Rod Hagen on Nov 21, 2009 4:18 PM Solved
The instructions you mention are correct for your model, too, Charrlie, though the model designations in the article are a bit confusing.

It sounds as if whatever your problems are relate to something other than the need to just reset the SMC.

What are the issues you are trying to deal with?

Cheers

Rod
Reply by CMCSK on Nov 21, 2009 4:15 PM Helpful
According to the link you posted - +"This article refers to Apple's Intel-based portables manufactured February 2006 or later. For PowerPC-based products manufactured before that date, see "Resetting PowerBook and iBook Power Management Unit (PMU)".+




Exactly what problems are you having?

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  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6
    According to the link you posted - +"This article refers to Apple's Intel-based portables manufactured February 2006 or later. For PowerPC-based products manufactured before that date, see "Resetting PowerBook and iBook Power Management Unit (PMU)".+




    Exactly what problems are you having?
  • Rod Hagen Level 7 Level 7
    The instructions you mention are correct for your model, too, Charrlie, though the model designations in the article are a bit confusing.

    It sounds as if whatever your problems are relate to something other than the need to just reset the SMC.

    What are the issues you are trying to deal with?

    Cheers

    Rod
  • "80 GB" iPod Level 1 Level 1
    Thank you, both of you. I guess it is not an SMC problem. My computer was reading all my SD cards perfectly and it suddenly stopped. From one night to the next morning.

    I tested a few SD cards, it reads some, others do not register & others ask to initialize.



    *I Noticed it is the SDHC and HD ones that have the problem, the low quality simple ones read fine.*

    Brand or storage capacity do not seem to be an issue.

    I tested the same SDHC and HD cards and SD card reader on a PC and they work fine



    I read that people with Leopard and Snow Leopard are having the same problem. Looks like it may be an update problem but I do not believe I updated my software that night. I did update after to see if it would make a difference and it did not.



    I may need to re-install my operating system but do not know if that will help as it may be an update problem. Please let me know if you know or can think of a solution. I really need the pictures & videos I am taking at the moment to be high quality and can not keep running over to the internet cafe to use a PC.



    Here is to hoping this is fixed SOON
  • Rod Hagen Level 7 Level 7
    (Whoops - first up I was assuming you were talking about an internal SD reader , which your computer doesn't have!)

    Does the card reader you are using itself work in other computers? What brand is it? have you tried using each of the USB ports? There may be a power supply difference between them that can affect such things.

    Cheers

    Rod

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  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6
    Did you mean you mean to mark this thread as solved= !http://discussions.apple.com/images/question-resolved-24x24.gif! ?
  • Rod Hagen Level 7 Level 7
    I guess the initial question asked was solved, CMCSK, though his/her underlying problem (not mentioned in the original post) still needs fixing.

    Cheers

    Rod
  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6
    Oh, ok. Glad you are still hanging in there.
  • Rod Hagen Level 7 Level 7
    I never take all that much notice of "solved" markers, CMSCK. Even if the original poster has the answer they need it is common to find someone else has tagged on to the end of the thread with a variation of the problem that needs a bit of additional work.

    Cheers

    Rod
  • "80 GB" iPod Level 1 Level 1
    LOL! Thanks for hanging in there:)

    I use one of those SD card readers that looks like a flash drive, I travel a lot and it cuts down on cables if you know what I mean;-P. The SD card reader still reads low quality SD cards and works fine on PC's at the internet cafe across the street. Also, I do have another one which is a different model and I have the same problem: it will not read high quality but has no problem with low quality SD cards.

    Like I said, it was working great one day and the next...nothing. I have been doing searches and a lot of people are having the same problem. Using both Leopard and Snow Leopard. I am still using Leopard because I am in South America and am waiting to go back to the US before upgrading but I constantly do software updates and am up to date.

    I do not think I did a software update the night this happened but could it be that something is going on in the updates?

    Thanks again,
    Carla

    P.S. I marked solved because my original question was answered but I continue to have the problem
  • "80 GB" iPod Level 1 Level 1
    LOL! Thanks for hanging in there:)

    I use one of those SD card readers that looks like a flash drive, I travel a lot and it cuts down on cables if you know what I mean;-P. The SD card reader still reads low quality SD cards and works fine on PC's at the internet cafe across the street. Also, I do have another one which is a different model and I have the same problem: it will not read high quality but has no problem with low quality SD cards.

    Like I said, it was working great one day and the next...nothing. I have been doing searches and a lot of people are having the same problem. Using both Leopard and Snow Leopard. I am still using Leopard because I am in South America and am waiting to go back to the US before upgrading but I constantly do software updates and am up to date.

    I do not think I did a software update the night this happened but could it be that something is going on in the updates?

    Thanks again,
    Carla

    P.S. I marked solved because my original question was answered but I continue to have the problem
  • Rod Hagen Level 7 Level 7
    Have you tried it in all of your USB ports, Carla?

    One possible reason I can think of for the issue is that sometimes other devices built into the computer are attached to the same USB bus as one of the external USB ports (the iSight camera is, for example) and it is conceivable that it might be drawing too much current from the particular port, preventing it from supplying enough power to work with the "high quality" cards. You might find it worth trying disconnecting all other USB devices when you use the adaptor, too.

    Do you know how the cards themselves have been "formatted"? FAT 32, FAT 16 or something else? If you have one that isn't working on the Mac, but which you have already downloaded any photographs from, it may be worth trying to reformat it IN THE CAMERA, just in case its file structure has become corrupted enough for the Mac to have trouble reading it (even if PC's can still deal with it). Doing this will wipe off whatever is on the card, of course.

    There have been a few instances reported problems with 3rd party USB devices of various kinds under Snow Leopard recently (often because the "firmware" in the device isn't quite right, which SL seems less tolerant of than earlier versions of the OS). IT may be simply this.

    I know it can hard to do when travelling, but it may be worth heading into a local photographic or computer store and seeing if they will let you "test" a new one, to see if it is compatible with your cards and the MBP.

    THere are also Firewire and Express Card based SD Card readers, of course, but they cost more. If I come across any other suggestions I'll post back.

    Cheers

    Rod