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Question: Mid 2012 MacBook Pro Retina freezing and rebooting after High Sierra update

Product Name: Apple MacBook Pro Retina - Mid 2012

Processor: 2.3GHz i7

RAM: 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 w/ 1536MB VRAM

Storage: 256GB SSD

OS: MacOS High Sierra 10.13.3


Since I have upgraded to High Sierra, I have had nothing but issues. My Mac, under any kind of load whatsoever, will lock up entirely, and after about 10-15 seconds, it will reboot. I can't even split screen a word document with Safari. The computer doesn't seem to be overheating.


I have tried the following:

Resetting NVRAM & SMC

First-Aiding the SSD

Creating guest account to isolate issue and removing the main account

Booting into Safe Mode

Completely wiping the laptop, removing the partitions, and rebuilding High Sierra from scratch.


I'm currently typing this off of the laptop, and since I have only this one Safari tab open, it's working fine, but if I were to do anything else, it would freeze. Are there any suggestions on how I can fix this, or any information on how I can possibly rollback to the prior OS? I was using the laptop for hours before I upgraded to High Sierra, and it was working fine. The second that I booted into High Sierra the first time has been nothing but issues.


Thanks!

MacBook Pro with Retina display, macOS High Sierra (10.13.3)

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Mar 11, 2018 11:45 AM in response to Verworren In response to Verworren

A Troubleshooting Protocol to Identify Problems or Fix macOS El Capitan or Later

You should try each, one at a time, then test to see if the problem is fixed before going on to the next.


Be sure to backup your files before proceeding if possible.


  1. Shutdown the computer, wait 30 seconds, restart the computer.
  2. Disconnect all third-party peripherals.
  3. Resetting your Mac’s PRAM and NVRAM
  4. Reset the System Management Controller (SMC)
  5. Start the computer in Safe Mode. Test in safe mode to see if the problem persists, then restart normally.
  6. Use Apple Hardware Test to see if there is any hardware malfunction.
  7. Repair the disk by booting from the Recovery HD. Immediately after the chime hold down the Command and R keys until the Utility Menu appears. Choose Disk Utility and click on the Continue button. Select the indented (usually, Macintosh HD) volume entry from the side list. Click on the First Aid button in the toolbar. Wait for the Done button to appear. Quit Disk Utility and return to the Utility Menu. Restart the computer from the Apple Menu.
  8. Repair permissions on the Home folder: Resolve issues caused by changing the permissions of items in your home folder.
  9. Create a New User Account Open Users & Groups preferences. Click on the lock icon and enter your Admin password when prompted. On the left under Current User click on the Add [+] button under Login Options. Setup a new Admin user account. Upon completion log out of your current account then log into the new account. If your problems cease, then consider switching to the new account and transferring your files to it - Transferring files from one User Account to another.
  10. Download and install the OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 Combo Update or 10.12.6 Combo Update or Download macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Combo Update as needed.
  11. Reinstall OS X by booting from the Recovery HD using the Command and R keys. When the Utility Menu appears select Reinstall OS X then click on the Continue button.
  12. Erase and Install OS X Restart the computer. Immediately after the chime hold down the Command and R keys until the Apple logo appears. When the Utility Menu appears:
  1. Select Disk Utility from the Utility Menu and click on Continue button.
  2. When Disk Utility loads select the drive (out-dented entry) from the Device list.
  3. Click on the Erase icon in Disk Utility's toolbar. A panel will drop down.
  4. Set the Format type to APFS (for SSDs only) or Mac OS Extended (Journaled.)
  5. Click on the Apply button, then wait for the Done button to activate and click on it.
  6. Quit Disk Utility and return to the Utility Menu.
  7. Select Reinstall OS X and click on the Continue button.

If none of the above helps then make an appointment at the Apple Genius Bar for service. If you need to find an Apple Store - Find a Store - Apple.


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