Can't use for more that 15 minutes

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Clusty, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Clusty macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2006
    #1
    Today I was using my MacBook, running 10.5.5. All of a sudden, I got the spinning color wheel, and nothing would work. I couldn't click the menubar, change apps, etc. So, I held down the power button and restarted it. Well, it took about 5-7 minutes to come back on. Once it got to the login screen, I put in my password and it just sat there, doing nothing, with the Leopard aurora background. Finally, once my desktop loaded, I opened Safari. It was very slow, hanging everyfew seconds. Then after about 10-15 minutes of use, everything froze again. I force restarted, and the same thing.

    I popped in my Leopard disk, and repaired the disk. No problems. I reboot, and the same thing happens.

    I have late-2006 MacBook, bought on Black Friday of 2006. What's the problem?
     
  2. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2004
    Location:
    Portland, Oregon
    #2
    You could try resetting the PRAM to see if that does any good, but I suspect it won't help.

    It sounds like it happened suddenly so I would suspect a hardware issue, unless of course you were doing anything nefarious with OS X at the time it happened. I would first suspect the hard disk. If you have an external drive, you could try installing OS X on it and booting from it to see if your system works OK. The other frequent hardware issues are memory related, although these usually happen with new memory sticks rather than those that have been in use for a while.
     
  3. littleg1 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2008
    Location:
    North Dakota
    #3
    Same thing happened with my MacBook. Sent it into apple and came back with a new hard drive. Mine had the same symptoms yours did. Hung on the leopard screen then it would finally load. After my background would come on the spinny wheel thing. I don't know what its official name is but it spun for like 10-15 min and all applications ran very slow. I recommend a new hard drive. This place http://www.powerbookmedic.com/xcart1/product.php?productid=16916 has like a 240 or 280 gig for 90$. Good Luck
     
  4. chipchen macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2002
    #4
    It does indeed sound like your hard drive is the issue.

    But if you're going to buy a harddrive, don't get it form powerbookmedic.com or those other sites that scavange laptop parts... (hint on why: no warranty)

    Try newegg.com - here's a good one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145227
     
  5. Fishtalk macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2008
    #5
    Could be a Ram Problem..... try changing your Ram Sticks about ...see if it'll work on just one or the other...
     
  6. spector macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    Location:
    Portland, Oregon
    #6
    sounds like to much porn!!!!



    hahahah j/k


    i would almost put money on it that it is a hardware issue, like ram or hd...

    if it went all of a sudden then something has failed on you. Do you have backups of your drive (time machine / external), in case that you need a new hd...


    i can feel you though as (dont look down) but my pc just went to the other side and i lost quite a bit (i always back up once a month and was about 3 weeks into it)


    if you have other ram i would try that. Was your hd making any noise before this happened? also could have been something on the mb. Do you have any apple care on this???
     
  7. Clusty thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2006
    #7
    I noticed in the past few days the "click-click-click" sound had become louder, but I just thought it was because it was getting old.

    If I were to replace the hard drive, are there any specifications that I need to know? I know it has to be 2.5", but does it have to be 5400RPM, can it be 7200RPM?
     
  8. spector macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    Location:
    Portland, Oregon
    #8

    If it is clicking i would put money on it that it is the hard drive, as that is a tell tale sign that the hd is going out.

    you know i would think that you could use 7200rpm as long as it is the same size in dimensions.
     

Share This Page