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brazilbeat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Help! MacBook pro tries to start up, shuts down and then restarts again, only to fail!  It's done this about 50 times and won't stop.  Even closing the notebook doesn't make it stop!


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: start up fail!
    brazilbeat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    update: holding down the power button made it pause this maniac process, and it looked like it could power off.  But then, as if there's a ghost in it.. it powers up again!  It gets to the grey screen with apple logo, then the blue screen and after about 1 second on the blue screen it cuts out and goes back to the beginning of restart. 

  • 2. Re: start up fail!
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    On each reboot do you hear the boot chime?  If so maybe you can "sneak in there" by pressing the shift key to attempt to boot in safe mode.  See if that breaks the cycle.

     

    Alternatively if you can slip in your installer dvd and press the C key after the boot chime then perhaps it will boot from the dvd which would give you a chance to run Disk Utility to attempt to repair/verify your boot drive.

     

    Other things you can attempt are a smc and pram reset (command+option+P+R keys, again immediately after the boot chime).

  • 3. Re: start up fail!
    brazilbeat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes it chimes each time.  I tried holding down shift and it does nothing. 

     

    Tried the installer dvd with C and sometimes it gets as far as the desktop, but then dies again or gives the message "Are you sure you want to Shut Down?  Shut down, restart, cancel. If I cancel I can get a couple of minutes before it dies. 

     

    I closed it and turned it over to get the serial number off the bottom and for some reason it stopped the process. 

     

    I'm currently reading the thread https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2098873?start=90&tstart=0.  There are a lot of people out there with spontaneous shutdown/restart problems. 

     

    Have tried resseting PRAM and SMC it did not work.  Will try a few of the other things people have suggested like opening it up and cleaning out dust.  Maybe a clean install of snow leopard?

  • 4. Re: start up fail!
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    On the second installer dvd is the Apple Hardware Test.  Try booting it (D key after boot chime) and let it check your machine, maybe with extended memory checking.

  • 5. Re: start up fail!
    brazilbeat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    yes i should have mentioned I did the Hardware test, the extended one.  It took about an hour.  It finished and reported "no hardware problems". 

     

    Do you know the best way to open up a MacBook Pro to clean out dust?  I have never opened up a laptop before.  Do you go in through the bottom or lift off the keyboard somehow..?

  • 6. Re: start up fail!
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    Apple doesn't post any recommendations about cleaning the inside of a macbook pro.  But apparently that hasn't stopped folks from doing it so here's two suggestions.

     

    1. Google "cleaning inside MacBook Pro".  There's plenty of hits on this topic including a youtube video.

     

    2. OWC has plenty of instructional videos on  things like adding hard drives to macbook pro's.  So those videos obviously show how to open the machine to get inside which is all you care about to get at the dirt.

  • 7. Re: start up fail!
    brazilbeat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    After watching a youtube tutorial I cleaned the machine out with compressed air. 

     

    Now the startup  goes like this: chime, grey screen with apple logo and timer (this goes for a pretty long time), blue screen for a split second, then it shuts down.

     

    I was able to start it up from the snow leopard Install DVD, and went into some preferences, but then it shut down unexpectedly after about 5 minutes. 

  • 8. Re: start up fail!
    pennbank Level 4 Level 4 (1,640 points)

    Intel-based Mac: Startup sequence and error codes, symbols

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2674

  • 9. Re: start up fail!
    brazilbeat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello and thank you for this @pennbank.  I noticed on the page that the Products Affected are 2006-2008 models. 

     

    My machine is MBP 2010, running snow leopard, shipped with 10.6.4, currently on 10.6.8.

     

    Would there be any difference?

  • 11. Re: start up fail!
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    brazilbeat wrote:

     

    I was able to start it up from the snow leopard Install DVD, and went into some preferences, but then it shut down unexpectedly after about 5 minutes. 

     

    "It"?  Are you referring to when booted from the snow leopard dvd or your booted from your MBP disk? 

     

    If it was while you were booted from the dvd I am suspecting some kind hardware error.

     

    Did you verify the boot drive with Disk Utility while booted from that dvd?

     

    Did you try running Apple Hardware Test yet?

  • 12. Re: start up fail!
    brazilbeat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It does shut down unexpectedly when booted from the DVD.  Booting it from the dvd makes it get past the blue screen and to the desktop.  The message "Are you sure you want to Shut Down?" pops up often.  Clicking Cancel gives a few minutes of work time.  It actually shut down while I was in Disk Utility.

     

    I was able to get the the log from Console utility and put it on a pen drive.  I got the machine to boot on its own after resetting the PRAM again.  It crashed soon after I got the log. Is it ok to post the contents of the log here?

     

    (The reason I'm trying everything possible and haven't already taken it into an Apple repair  is because the closest one is about 400 km away.)

  • 13. Re: start up fail!
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    I see your problem with the distance to the apple store.  But this does sound like hardware at this point.

     

    You can post crash logs.  Console logs can be pretty long and mainly meaningless for the problem at hand except for the final few minutes of the log.  So perhaps you should only post that amount.

     

    The problem here is if hardware is the cause then, yes, you may have a crash log but it would only be as a result of the hardware problem.

     

    What about that Apple Hardware Test boot?  Did it even boot that?

  • 14. Re: start up fail!
    brazilbeat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again for your help.

     

    Yes, it was able to boot from the Apple Hardware Test.  It was able to carry out both the regular and the extended tests.  Both came back saying no hardware problems.

     

    Where would I find the crash log?  The Console log is pretty long, but here are some excerpts from yesterday and today.  the log mostly repeats what's below.

     

    24/03/12 4:37:20 PM     com.apple.launchd[1]     *** launchd[1] has started up. ***
    24/03/12 4:37:40 PM     com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[86] (com.apple.ReportCrash) Falling back to default Mach exception handler. Could not find: com.apple.ReportCrash.Self
    24/03/12 4:37:42 PM     com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[86]     (com.apple.Kerberos.renew.plist[10 8]) Exited with exit code: 1

     

    24/03/12 9:04:19 PM com.apple.WindowServer[70]     Sat Mar 24 21:04:19 Mara-Weisss-MacBook-Pro.local WindowServer[70] <Error>: kCGErrorFailure: Set a breakpoint @ CGErrorBreakpoint() to catch errors as they are logged.

     

    24/03/12 9:18:27 PM     com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[91]     (com.apple.Kerberos.renew.plist[11 6]) Exited with exit code: 1
    24/03/12 9:18:32 PM     com.apple.WindowServer[70]     Sat Mar 24 21:18:32 Mara-Weisss-MacBook-Pro.local WindowServer[70] <Error>: kCGErrorFailure: Set a breakpoint @ CGErrorBreakpoint() to catch errors as they are logged.

     

    24/03/12 9:41:54 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[90]     (com.apple.ReportCrash) Falling back to default Mach exception handler. Could not find: com.apple.ReportCrash.Self
    24/03/12 9:41:58 PM     com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[90]     (com.apple.Kerberos.renew.plist[12 0]) Exited with exit code: 1

     

    25/03/12 1:04:43 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[91]     (com.apple.ReportCrash) Falling back to default Mach exception handler. Could not find: com.apple.ReportCrash.Self
    25/03/12 1:04:52 PM     com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[91]     (com.apple.Kerberos.renew.plist[11 6]) Exited with exit code: 1
    25/03/12 1:06:09 PM     [0x0-0xb00b].com.apple.systempreferences[131]     Couldn't find any matches.
    25/03/12 1:06:22 PM     com.apple.launchd[1]     (com.apple.xprotectupdater[20]) Exited with exit code: 255
    25/03/12 2:11:37 PM     com.apple.launchd[1]     *** launchd[1] has started up. ***
    25/03/12 2:12:00 PM     com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[88] (com.apple.ReportCrash) Falling back to default Mach exception handler. Could not find: com.apple.ReportCrash.Self
    25/03/12 2:12:04 PM     com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[88]     (com.apple.Kerberos.renew.plist[11 9]) Exited with exit code: 1

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