Can't book my macbook pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by matt3526, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. matt3526 macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I have an early 2011 macbook pro that won't boot. It gets past the spinning thing then stays on a grey screen and the fans go crazy. If I try and boot from safe mode or bootcamp I get a blue screen. If I try and boot into the recovery partition I get a blue screen. I have tried the NVRAM option but I have a firmware password and I get stuck there.

    Is there anything I can do? Luckily everything is backed up to my time capsule.
    Thankfully I have applecare until next month.

    Thanks,

    Matt
     
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  5. matt3526 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have no idea if the hard drive is ok, but as everything is backed up I'm not too worried. I tried booting from the CD; it gets to a blue screen (not death associated I think) and the CD drive makes noises, but then the fans kick in and it shuts down. I know about the GPU issue. I took my MBP in a few months ago but genuis said it was ok
     
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  7. matt3526 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Unfortunately I guess so. Oh well, I have a Friday appointment booked.
    On a possibly related note, I took the back cover off to clean the ram and noticed that the whole area around the fans is super hot, and the bit of board in-between them is really uncomfortable to touch. Could it be a fan issue?

    Thanks for all the help so far
     
  8. moneybags macrumors newbie

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    Just one word: Radeongate.
    You're extremely lucky that you have AppleCare. I personally don't - so I'm screwed.
    Check my message here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=18927792&postcount=3
    I strongly advise you to rush to your nearest Apple Store or whatever.
     
  9. chrisperro macrumors 6502

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    Make sure the fan is well seated by the connector , are both fans working?

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    You have AppleCare?
    Why are you here ? Just go to apple!!
     
  10. matt3526 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ouch,

    I can't believe so many people are having that problem.
    On a related note, I left my computer off with the back off for several minutes while I typed my last few messages on my phone. When I checked to see if my fans are working (which they are) my computer booted to the login screen. Just waiting to see how much further it gets. So is this a thermal issue? Is it still worth a trip to the apple store?

    Thanks
     
  11. matt3526 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just to follow on from this, the problem went away for a bit but now it's back again. I guess there is a real fault. Off to the store I go!
     
  12. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Welcome to Radeongate.

    Mine was also hit by it...2 days AFTER my AppleCare expired! :mad:
     

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