2 years to the day my mbp dies :(

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Philipg, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. Philipg macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2010
    2 Years ago today I brought my first ever mac, I have never once had a problem with it and it has served me well with all of the audio recording I do. I have read these forums quite alot but never posted .. here are the details

    15" MBP Late 08 model, 2.53ghz, 4gb, 320gb, nvidia 9600

    I think the SMC has died big time

    basically Dim green light when its plugged in, magsafe tests ok, SMC reset does nothing, cant power on the machine at all. Charge indicator button does nothing, cant get the machine to do anything at all basically apart from show a dim green light on the magsafe plug when plugged in

    Is this a replaceable part? I have no worries with pulling the thing apart, I have repaired many pc laptops but macs are a new area for me.

    Im guessing my luck it is part of the main board ( logic board in macs? )

    if anyone could guide me in the right direction to find a replacement that would be great, so annoying that such a "low level" chip can cause so much chaos :(

    makes sense it wont power on when reading this from the apple support page.

    Additional Information
    The System Management Controller (SMC) is responsible for many low-level functions on Intel-based Macs. These functions include:

    Responding to presses of the power button
    Responding to display lid opening and closing on portable Macs
    Battery management
    Thermal management
    The SMS (Sudden Motion Sensor)
    Ambient light sensing
    Keyboard backlighting
    Status Indicator Light (SIL) management
    Battery status indicator lights
    Selecting an external (instead of internal) video source for some iMac displays
  2. anorchidtexture macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2010
    my mbp is exhibiting the same issue... wonder if anyone has been through this and come out with a working computer in the end. basically the thing shut down spontaneously in the middle of watching some youtube last night, and hasnt responded to the power button since then. i experienced alot of the symptoms outlined in this article: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3964--already tried resetting smc, no luck. my mbp is a 2007 model, so i went through the defective nvidia 8600 issue and ended up getting my logic board replaced about 8 months ago because of it. i will probably end up visiting the apple store soon with this problem but in the meantime hopefully someone can shed some light on this
  3. sandylp macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2004
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I was listening to a Mac Powerusers podcast today, and Katie Floyd reported that her Air just stopped working all of a sudden and wouldn't start. She had to have her logic board replaced.

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