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Scott Colson Level 1 (5 points)
Help!

I've got a late 2007 MacBook Pro that got a new HD under warranty in late 2008. It's worked great through last night until this morning. This am, when I turn it on (fully charged and plugged in), it won't boot. The machine makes a little noise, then the sleep light comes on. It never even gets to the "chime" to show that the system is loading.

I've tried the following:

Reset the PRAM - it won't do it
Start in safe mode - it won't do it
Startup from Install disk - it won't do it
Access the drive in firewire Target mode - it won't do it
Reset the SMC - no change

All it does, is turn on the sleep light, spin the DVD drive (because I put the install DVD in) and nothing else.

Any ideas?

I have a Time Machine Backup that is 2-3 weeks old, but I'm still likely to lose some of my photos, emails, etc, if this is a hard drive again.

Please help!

MBP 15 in, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Started with the IIe and still going...
  • Scott Colson Level 1 (5 points)
    P.S. Unfortunatly I don't have AppleCare.
  • MacPhelim Level 1 (15 points)
    This is exactly what's happening to me! And it also started this morning!

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=11630515
  • Scott Colson Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks for the link. I reviewed your link. My RAM doesn't seem loose. BTW, I'm running 10.6.3, not 10.5 as listed in my question. Anyone else with ideas?
  • Scott Colson Level 1 (5 points)
    Update - Finally got it to "chime" on. The hard drive seemed to run but the monitor remained black. It seemed to be running in the background, so I was able to connect my Time Machine backup external hard drive and I believe I was at least able to back up everything I was missing.

    So, now at least I can try to trouble shoot without worrying about loss!
  • MacPhelim Level 1 (15 points)
    Did you do anything in particular to get it to boot up? If I could get mine to boot then I could work with it. I've got an external monitor that might connect, but if not, I should be able to share the screen from my Mac Mini. But I can't get it to boot.

    Also, what time zone are you in? Since the same problem happened to us both on the same day, I wonder if something in the date is causing a failure in sleep/wake. I've had my fingers crossed that when tomorrow rolls around it will boot up again. Crazy, perhaps, we'll see. You give me hope.
  • Scott Colson Level 1 (5 points)
    I just kept trying and it eventually booted. It only did so once. Now I'm back to where I was, but at least I was able to run the Time Machine backup.

    I'm in Central Timezone.
  • MacPhelim Level 1 (15 points)
    Just to try and narrow down what might be happening, had you done anything to change how your system handles sleep state? In particular, fiddling with pmset to disable hibernate? I always disable it to enable faster sleep/wake. I've never had a problem with that, but wondering if it could be a factor.
  • Scott Colson Level 1 (5 points)
    I never use sleep state. Simply powered it off at night, and when I went to boot it up in the am and here I am. What timezone are you in?
  • MacPhelim Level 1 (15 points)
    Also in CST. But this is even odder if you don't sleep your MacBook. I was sure the problem would have started when I put the computer to sleep. Whatever the case, I've still not been able to get it to boot.
  • Paul Maus Level 1 (0 points)
    +"The hard drive seemed to run but the monitor remained black."+

    Scott-

    If the computer appears to boot correctly, but the screen remains black, it sounds like the nVidia video failure issue.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ts2377
  • MacPhelim Level 1 (15 points)
    Paul,

    I can assure you it's not the nVidia issue. Too many people are reporting the exact same problem occurring at the same time. It's some weird bug that kicked in yesterday morning.
  • darion_nguyen Level 1 (5 points)
    Got the same problem on my MBP. Posted on the forum and got directed in here.
    I took my MBP to an AASP at my place, after a while of checking, a guy there told me it's the mainboard that cause the problem and it need to be replace for $600, and that I only have 90 days warranty for the new mainboard.

    I can't believe what he told me and I can't believe that was a $2000 worth product.

    BTW, I'm posting this on my new Toshiba L610.
  • Paul Maus Level 1 (0 points)
    I disagree that the nVidia issue can be totally eliminated without further investigation.

    The symptoms are exactly similar to my experience with the nVidia failure.
  • AnonyMouse Level 2 (260 points)
    Yeah, a failed logic board, not uncommon with MacBook Pros, I've had two logic board failures within about 2 months of each other after owning my MBP for about 18 months. My AppleCare extended warranty covered logic board replacements.
    MacBook Pro overall reliability, I'm afraid, is not all that good. Anyway, I wouldn't count on keeping a MBP for too many years without some very costly repairs along the way, especially after warranty expires.
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