Is my MacBook Pro DEAD?

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    Apr 04, 2010 3:00 PM GMT
    For the past couple of days whenever I would play a video either YouTube or an online episode, my laptop would shut down completely mid-way through a vid. I would let it "rest" and reboot. It would be fine until I shut it down again not long after.

    Last night, I was reading an article and it completely shut down again and that time, I could not reboot at all. I noticed that the power cord needs to be replaced from the constant bending of the wires. When plugged in, the power indicator on the screen would still show battery until I fiddle with it and it changes to electric.

    Could it be as simple as a power cord replacement to fix the computer problem or should I expect the WORST?!?!
  • wellwell

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    Apr 04, 2010 3:49 PM GMT
    If you have the magnetic connector on your charger, I can't help you. If you have the round one w/ the green light that changes colors, take an emery board & file down the green part to about 1/32 of an inch; so that, it fits in further.

    You may also want to have the internal fan checked out; if it over heats, you will have the shut down problem. The fan & plenums may be full of dust & pet dander, etc..

    Good Luck
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    Apr 04, 2010 5:06 PM GMT
    wellwell saidIf you have the magnetic connector on your charger, I can't help you. If you have the round one w/ the green light that changes colors, take an emery board & file down the green part to about 1/32 of an inch; so that, it fits in further.

    You may also want to have the internal fan checked out; if it over heats, you will have the shut down problem. The fan & plenums may be full of dust & pet dander, etc..

    Good Luck


    Thanks man! I appreciate your reply! Good easter to you and your dog!
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    Apr 04, 2010 5:11 PM GMT
    If you can get it to boot up again, insert the original hardware disks that you received with it and run the hardware test that is included on that disk. It should tell you if there are any problems with the guts of your computer. Also, if you have the magnetic power adapter...you'll need a new one. Mine frayed as well and wouldn't charge because of the damage to the wires.
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    Apr 04, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    collegekid2004 saidIf you can get it to boot up again, insert the original hardware disks that you received with it and run the hardware test that is included on that disk. It should tell you if there are any problems with the guts of your computer. Also, if you have the magnetic power adapter...you'll need a new one. Mine frayed as well and wouldn't charge because of the damage to the wires.


    I have the magnetic power adapter and someone else made the same suggestion as you did. Thanks!

    I'm starting to feel okay now....whew.
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    Apr 04, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    bigeasydude said
    collegekid2004 saidIf you can get it to boot up again, insert the original hardware disks that you received with it and run the hardware test that is included on that disk. It should tell you if there are any problems with the guts of your computer. Also, if you have the magnetic power adapter...you'll need a new one. Mine frayed as well and wouldn't charge because of the damage to the wires.


    I have the magnetic power adapter and someone else made the same suggestion as you did. Thanks!

    I'm starting to feel okay now....whew.


    If it comes down to it, my laptop is on my bed. Feel free to use it...but I can't promise I won't take advantage of you icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 05, 2010 6:16 AM GMT
    I have one where when you boot it up, a picture of a "Folder" with a "?" was in the folder pic. It is only 13 months old and my first Mac. I was pretty upset about it.

    Sucks that it doesn't work.
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Apr 05, 2010 8:26 AM GMT
    I can't speak for the hardware/wire aspect of this situation, however I can say that if you think it's a 'software'/malware issue causing your computer problems, I definitely recommend you go to http://www.geekstogo.com. They offer free computer assistance, and I can say from experience, they are very good at what they do. I've gone to their forums several times in the past five years, and I've been very impressed with their ability to help me with issues from virus infections to hardware questions/suggestions.
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    May 18, 2010 6:21 PM GMT
    To me it sounds like you are having an issue with your logic board. I'd recommend taking it to Apple for evaluation. If you are out of warranty then check out Expert Mac Repair in DC. They have done fantastic work for me at the best prices in the country.
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    May 19, 2010 6:40 AM GMT
    ah, it doesn't sound like the powercord, since it runs of battery fine the issue is probably heat related.

    as an interim measure, get a tin of compressed air and blow air through the back vent (the vent is found behind the monitor hinge. This might help dislodge some dust that has been caught up, personally I put the vacumm on one side of the vent and blow air in via the other side...

    Also, take a look at SMCfan control http://www.eidac.de/?p=134 not so much for controlling the fans but more for checking out the temp internally, plus it'll also tell you what speed the fans are going.

    also, if you want to know if it's heat related (and it sounds like it is) one thing I've done a few times with mates computer is empty a shelf in the fridge, stick the notebook in the fridge and let it run doing something intense like, playing HD content, playing flash content and the like. The fridge is very dry, moisture wont condense on the notebook and unless your stupid enough to spill something on it, it will be safe.
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    May 21, 2010 10:51 PM GMT
    Hey guys, thanks for the input/advice. Turns out, I needed a new battery and power cord. I'm now back in business. (Keeping my fingers crossed.)
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    May 22, 2010 12:10 AM GMT
    sxydrkhair saidGo any Apple store, they have plugged for your laptop. It only cost around 50 bucks. Or maybe take it to apple store to have them fix it?


    LOL 50 bucks? This is Apple we're talking about.... These cheap cables cost $80 and I've gone through two already. icon_cry.gif The mark up on Apple accessories is insane.

    You can also upgrade your HDD while you're at it. icon_smile.gif
    It'll make it feel like new. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Glorfindel

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    May 22, 2010 12:21 AM GMT
    smoothlift saidI have one where when you boot it up, a picture of a "Folder" with a "?" was in the folder pic. It is only 13 months old and my first Mac. I was pretty upset about it.

    Sucks that it doesn't work.


    That's a system problem (i.e. there's a problem in the sectors where the boot commands are). If you don't mind losing everything you had on your harddrive, then just do a low level re-formating (zero-ing all the sectors) and re-install the system and your programs (the general Mac ones should be on the install discs).

    If you have stuff you don't want to lose, then you can try slaving the actual harddrive to another computer and recovering your files that way, and then reformatting the drive. Or take it to a service to recover the files (and they'll basically do the exact same thing, only charge you). Good luck, man!
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    May 22, 2010 12:49 PM GMT
    bigeasydude saidHey guys, thanks for the input/advice. Turns out, I needed a new battery and power cord. I'm now back in business. (Keeping my fingers crossed.)

    oh kewl, glad it was easily fixed, I'd never heard of random powerdowns because of a bad battery/cable so will need to remember this..

    Did the apple guy tell you what it was exactly? like a line voltage spike? just a dead battery that didn't make contact ? anything at all?