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Macbook Pro won't "wake up" from sleep mode

Discussion in 'Mac - General discussion' started by BTown, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. BTown

    BTown Member

    Jan 3, 2008
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    I have a Macbook Pro (A1278, 13in) that I purchased new in July of 2009. When I bought it, I upgraded to 4GB of RAM, but rarely used it for more than occassional web browsing, movies, music, etc. I never put an intensive workload on it. In the 3 years I've had it, I've never had the first problem or issue. Until Sunday night, that is. Oh, and it is out of warranty.

    I was browsing the internet, and the computer was running off battery power (not plugged in) when after about an hour of usage it appeared to have died. No low battery warning, just sudden blank screen.

    I plugged it in, tried to turn it back on, and nothing. So I let it sit there over night, and tried messing with it some more last night. Here is a description of what it does when it is fully powered off to being powered on:

    Sleep light comes on for a few seconds, in that time I hear the DVD drive kick on and can feel the harddrive spin. After a few seconds, the sleep light goes off and everything seems to shut down. That lasts for a second or two until the sleep light comes back on, and with it I can hear the DVD drive and hard drive working again and it will stay "on" for as long as I leave it.

    During that whole process, the screen never comes on. No booting chime, nothing on the screen and the apple logo never lights up whether the screen is open or closed.

    If I press the caps lock key, the green light does not toggle on and off. Also, the hot keys at the top of the keyboard for volume control, etc, do not seem to work.

    I did load a blank DVD in the drive. The drive fed it in like normal, and I could hear it spinning the disc. However, when I tried to eject the disc using the eject key on the keyboard, it does not respond.

    I have tried every single trouble shooting method I've been able to come across online. The problem is, I don't think it ever actually fully shuts down or boots up.
    I have not called Apple support, because I've already tried just about anything and everything they'd tell me to do, except take it into an Apple store to be looked at further.

    At this point, I have literally tried everything I can think to do and I've tried everything others online have recommended. I am sure this is a hardware problem. My question to you guys is, what sort of hardware problem do you think it is?

    Graphics card, logic board or monitor?

    The macbook is only 3 years old. Considering that apple touts itself as a high end product, it seems outragious to me that a logic board or monitor would need to be replaced after 3 years of occassional usage. If that's the problem, I'll trash the thing and go buy a PC.

    I have read countless accounts online of identical situations happening to other people, but in all those cases, they were had slightly older macbooks with the NVIDIA 8600 video card, which was the root of the problem. In many of those cases, logic boards were replaced at no charge. Has anyone else heard of any more recent issues like this with new graphics card or logic boards? I have the NVIDIA GeForce 9400 (I think).

    I am debating whether or not to take it to my local Apple store. I really dont want to pay them to tell me it's going to cost several hundreds of dollars to fix. I'd rather just use it as a fancy drink coaster than give Apple another dime in that case. However, if the issue may be fixable at a reasonable cost, or perhaps due to a faulty product in which Apple will fix at no charge (yeah, I know, long shot), then it might be worth my time to take it there.

    What do you guys think?
  2. megadunderhead

    megadunderhead Regular member

    Jan 14, 2012
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    Several hundreds try 899.99 guess what your logic board is dead just repaired one of these they power on the hard drive and cd drive no image on screen and no dong or they get a dong and it shuts off

    Let me guess same issue....

    here is something to try though remove the battery without the macbook being plugged in that is hold the power button for 20 sec and then place the battery and the power plug back in and try again

    if this doesn't work your macbook has died and it's not apples fault in this it's nvidia because they didn't test the card and lots of people have the darn thing fail i took one in for a mother board prob test which the apple store doesn't do it failed right at the graphics card for me with a error code x1000
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2012

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