Broken Power Button

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by HeyKatie, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. HeyKatie macrumors 6502

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    Hello,

    The power button on my old MBP went and they want $405 to fix it. I have someone who wants to buy the machine off of my but when I woke up this morning and tried to log in I got the spinning wheel of death and since the button is broken I cannot restart that way. Is there another way to restart so I can get my data off do a clean install and have it ready to sell?
     
  2. HeyKatie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Anyone possibly know how I can get the thing to re boot?
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    You could remove the HDD and wipe it using another computer.
     
  4. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    I do not see many options with a non-working power button. Is it still powered up (spinning wheel)? What screen are you on with the spinning wheel (log in, desktop, etc...)?
    What model MBP, year, OS do you have? Do you have a bootable external media (backup on external drive, DVD, USB installer)?
    T5BRICK has a good idea about removing the HDD, but you need to get it powered down first.
     
  5. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Click on the Finder icon, then see if it will let you access the Restart option on the Apple menu....has worked for me before as I prefer not to power-button hard restart if I can help it.
     
  6. HeyKatie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    2011 MBP, running Yosemite. and it's stuck at the log in screen, brother put in hit password hit enter to log in and it just froze.
     
  7. HeyKatie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately this isn't an option since it's stuck on the log in screen
     
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    It may be time to take it in to Apple for repair, or let the battery die and pull the HDD and sell the rest for scrap.
     
  9. HeyKatie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is there a keyboard shortcut to boot up/shut down without using the power button??
     
  10. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    None that I have ever found.
     

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