Blue Screen of Death

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bbeloff, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. bbeloff macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2008

    I've got a 17" MacBook Pro (early 2011, and I'm running 10.6.8). I've got a problem with it, and I'm interested in whether anyone else has experience this...

    On average about once a week, I get a blue screen of death. There seems to be no way out from this, except to hold down the power button for a few seconds and wait for the machine to switch off. The failure tends to happen at the end of the day, when I'm quitting applications, getting ready for a shutdown.

    I've got AppleCare, but they're useless on this one.

    Anyone else experience this?

  2. hoxley macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2011
    i get this also (early 2011 / high-end 15" 10.6.8).
    it is definitely only occurring when quitting applications.

    Seeing that it has only started to happen over the last few months (and didn't happen for the first 6+ months) I am assuming it is a software bug that will be fixed.

    If it is still happening in 6 months time, i'll try applecare. I can't upgrade to 10.7 because of driver issues in Lion for devices i use (don't know if Lion would fix it)
  3. 0dev macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    BSoD in OS X? I'm guessing you're actually referring to a kernel panic?
  4. hoxley macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2011
    NOT the "you need to reset" message

    the blue/grey screen that also appears as you boot up (not the one with the apple logo & loading spinning thing)
  5. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Exactly what are you doing when this happens? Is there any correlation when running a specific app?

    Without any more info it could be anything from a memory leak due to badly written code or even hardware related.
  6. 0dev macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    Oh, so just a plain blue screen and nothing else?
  7. OlegShv macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2010
    outer Shpongolia
    I suggest running Apple Hardware Test. This can be a hardware related problem, like a faulty memory module that garbles data if it overheats. More info here:
  8. hoxley macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2011
    thanks for the suggestion. will try that.

    i doubt it is a memory module issue though as it happened before i upgraded RAM and after the upgrade.

    exclusively from cmd+q ing apps - so far firefox, safari and vlc.

    maybe a graphics card issue / gfx switching
  9. ChemEChic macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2012
    Same :(

    I have the same thing happen to me about once a week now. My mac seems to crash when I am using FireFox, usually when typing into the google toolbar. Any tips?
  10. Icy1007 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    Stop using Firefox.

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