Early '08 Macbook Pro won't turn on, but sleep light and fan come on, then shuts down

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by yarjarrar, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. yarjarrar macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2008
    Hi, l tried to turn on my macbook pro this morning, but it doesn't turn on. When l press power, the fan and sleep light come on. but after about one second, it shuts down. The chime and screen dont come on. please help
  2. dogtanian macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Bournemouth, UK
    I have the same model. It's had a similar issue where the screen would go blank and then die. That was the 8600GT issue. (They had to replace the logic board).

    Do you have AppleCare?

    So far I've had my Logic board replaced twice, DVD drive replaced, screen replaced, Battery replaced, Battery IO ports replaced. The thing is a nightmare so AppleCare has been essential. I'm trying to get the device replaced at the moment.

    Take the thing to an Apple store or repair otherwise but expect an expensive job. Its always best to expect the worst, especially with this machine because it usually comes to that...
  3. yarjarrar thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2008
    Oh the humanity! My Apple Care just expired 3 days ago!! Any suggestions?
  4. macJC50640 macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2009
    I suggest taking it into an Apple Store right away, sometimes they will help you even if your warranty/Apple Care has ran out. Just make sure the machine is not full of scratches or stains, because they love to blame it on "water damage" or something similar as that makes the issue your fault.
  5. gorjan macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2009
    Don't worry if it's the 8600-issue, they have extended the warranty to 3 years for those repairs.
  6. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    i thought it was 2 years. but anyway, the OP should be fine.
  7. biyomeyom macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2010
    same issue

    I have the exact same problem :mad:
    for just one second it has power. then it dies. no chime sound, no screen.
    whad procedure did you follow and how did they fixed it?
    just spoke to an apple girl and she was not sure if this is a nvidia issue.
  8. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    It's the 8600gt failure. You need to take it to the apple store and have them repair it or call AppleCare. Don't worry about your AppleCare, this failure is covered regardless of your AppleCare's status for three years since the original order date.

    There's no procedure, if its not turning on but you see lights and than turned off, it's the 8600gt failure. You take it to the Apple store, tell them its the nVidia failure, they'll take out an external USB drive that's used to diagnose the GPU issue and that's it. It'll tell them that GPU can't be detected. The laptop will be taken and repaired within a week or two depending on the inventory. You'll pick it up at the store when its repaird.
  9. yarjarrar thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2008
    I got the problem fixed a while ago, I took it to the Apple store and they figured out it was a bad logic board. I was a few days out of warranty, but they fixed it for free anyway. Good thing too, because I think it's an expensive thing to fix.
  10. ChristWolves macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2010
    Southampton, UK
    I have got the same model as you with 512mb grahpics, but the hard drive was damaged a few times in a few months, so I asked for a replacement and they agreed to give me a base model Arrandale and I'm satisfied. :)

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