13" Pro Freezing w/ Install Disc

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  1. alksion, Aug 8, 2012
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    alksion macrumors 68000

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    I have a MacBook Pro 13" that is having some serious issues while trying to install OS X from its original disks or my Lion backup.

    Problem: When trying to install OS X on brand new (Formatted with GUI partition and OS Extended Journal) WD Blue 5400RPM HDD I am encountering the spinning loading sign freezing after about 3-5 minutes of trying to load the disk.

    Solutions Tried:
    - Computer is reading both HDD & Disc (Holding option display both on boot)
    - Computer boots fine with old HDD in place
    - Tried a third HDD to rule out the possibility of a bad drive
    - Reset the PRAM
    - Reset the SMC
    - Boot from a USB drive
    - Tried my OSX Lion backup DVD
    - Tested both discs in my iMac to make sure they work
    - Use an external DVD drive instead of the built in super drive
    - Tried installing Lion on the HDD through my iMac, but when finished said that installation had encountered an error.
    - Tried booting into safe mode. It loads the bar and the bar then freezes shortly after loading is completed.
    - Got the installation working through my iMac and have a fully working brand new HDD with OS X Lion loaded on it, but still gets stuck.

    Not sure what else to do? Any suggestions?
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Which version of the 13" are you running on? If it is a newer one, you could try internet recovery.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Create a bootable USB drive with the Lion installer on it and see if you can install that.
     
  4. alksion thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Will do, been extremely busy so I will report back how that works out.
     
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    I must regrettably report back that even with a bootable Lion thumb drive I'm still getting stuck. Does anyone have any other input. I feel I've exhausted all my resources.
     
  6. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Somewhere in the back of my mind I remember a thread about issues with these drives....:

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3761763?start=0&tstart=0

    Seems you are not alone, and I think it's the drive that is the root of your problem. I'd try another drive...Anything you can grab that's to hand...If it works you may have to reconsider the WD.
     
  7. alksion thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thank you for the reply as I am pretty desperate and anyone willing to chime in is a big help.

    I have tried unplugging the ribbon cable completely from the board and now the grey spin wheel gets stuck about 20 seconds in.

    I have also tried it with other HDD's and it's getting the same problem. I have not seen anyone else online having the grey spin wheel go for a bit and then complete freeze with absolutely no response after that.
     
  8. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Hmm, if you have tried other hdd's it sounds more like a hardware issue...Possibly the Logic Board..Best advice I can give you is to get it looked at by a genus at an Apple outlet I'm afraid.
     
  9. alksion thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I kind of figured it was the board as well, but it boots fine with the original HDD in. Do you find that kind of odd? Because I think if it was a bad board I probably couldn't boot at all.
     
  10. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Not necessarily, the only way to be sure is to get it checked out...It won't cost you to have them look at it and run some tests...Have you tried running the AHT from your original media? It's not always accurate, but it might point yoiu in the right direction:

    http://support.apple.com/error/503.html?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
     
  11. alksion thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No I have not yet, but I will tomorrow most certainly. I will report back then!
     
  12. cshel24 macrumors member

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    :confused: Yours came with install disc?

    Are those well hidden in the box, or did they just not send me any? I guess it is a moot point for me now since I did a clean install of Mountain Lion, but it would have been nice of them to have included backup discs when I bought the computer if they were supposed to.
     
  13. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    i had issues installing OSX once kept getting OSX could not download addition files error, found out i had faulty RAM replaced my RAM and OSX installed without an issue, so thats something to test
     
  14. alksion thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No, I made a backup copy of OS X Lion. It came with OS X Snow Leopard install discs.

    Thank you. I have tried that but to no avail. This is quite frustrating.
     
  15. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Well, it looks like Apple is the only way left to go now. Get it checked, I'm thinking LB now.
     
  16. alksion thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah me too. Everything I have looked at online people say that it gets stuck at boot but the spinning wheel continues to spin. They also say that they can boot from a CD which I cannot because the spinning wheel freezes.

    I have seen no where online with anyone that has a similar problem as mine.

    Pretty sure it's the board and pretty sure it's out of warranty. I guess it's time to part this sucker out..........
     

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