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MacBook Pro will not boot

1367 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 17, 2010 2:36 PM by iSMH RSS
ShiningToast Calculating status...
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Aug 16, 2010 5:24 PM
So last night after a little surfing on my MBP (non-unibody, mid 2008 model), I leave my room and it is fine. I come back a little later, and it does not respond when I try to wake it up from sleep mode.

I power it off, but it won’t even boot. I press the button down, and I can hear the CD drive and hard drive come to life and the LED comes on, but a second later it kicks back off, before the screen can even turn on.

I initially thought it was a stick of RAM that went bad. About 2 weeks ago I got new RAM (2×2GB) for it, but it wouldn’t boot with both 2GB sticks in, so I’ve been using it with one factory 1 GB stick, and one new 2 GB stick. I popped out the old stick and put both factory sticks in, but no luck there.

Since it can’t even boot, I can’t get it into safe mode or try to boot from the disk to see if it is my hard drive that is the problem.

I've reset the PRAM and the SMC and it still won't boot.

I’m utterly perplexed at what to do next. I’ve tried turning it on with just the battery in, just the wall charger, and both. No dice.
2.4 Ghz Pre-Unibody Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Joe Crow Calculating status...
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    Aug 16, 2010 7:34 PM (in response to ShiningToast)
    I just got the same thing. Put it to sleep a few hours ago, took a nap, woke up and tried to wake it up, nothing. Hit the power button, I hear the optical drive spin for sec, the sleep led lights up for a second, and then nothing. Did the control/option/power thing, no dice. Did a quick internal recon, all the little connectors are solidly attached.

    Anybody got any ideas?
    Macbook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo 2008, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • iSMH Level 5 Level 5 (4,310 points)
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    Aug 17, 2010 2:36 PM (in response to ShiningToast)
    It sounds like both of you are having hardware issues, especially if a SMC reset didn't jump-start things. I'd recommend getting your machines looked at by an Apple Store or an Apple-Authorized Service Provider.
    2.93Ghz 24-inch iMac, 2.8Ghz 15-inch MacBook Pro, iPod nano, Other Random Junk, Mac OS X (10.6.2), I also have an iPad and an eMate.

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