Can't book my macbook pro

matt3526

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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
 

matt3526

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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
 

matt3526

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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
 

moneybags

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chrisperro

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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!!
 

matt3526

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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.
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
 

matt3526

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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!
 

yjchua95

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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
Welcome to Radeongate.

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