Gray Startup Screen Freezes/Pixelated Screen Freeze

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PastorBeef, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. PastorBeef, Aug 20, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2011

    PastorBeef macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I have a 2007 MBP, running Snow Leopard, 2.2 Ghz Intel core 2 duo, 4 GB 667 Mhz DDr 2 SDRAM.

    I love this laptop - it's never given me any problems. Until recently.

    The other day, I went to start it up and it froze on the gray screen with the apple logo. I had to hard-restart it. Then after a few times of that, it allowed me to log-in and operated fine for a bit. But suddenly, it did this weird thing with the screen where it looks pixelated and off-color and froze up. It wouldn't let me do anything. Attached is a picture.

    Has anyone experienced this? Luckily I have a backup to get me through the week, and once I realized I may have a problem, I backed up to an External Hard Drive.

    On a side note, I've noticed that my battery meter on the screen says "Replace Battery Soon", and it's only holding about 95% on a full charge.... .could this factor into it or is it something more?

    What should i do?

    Thanks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.... - PastorBeef
     

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  2. windows4ever macrumors member

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    My guess is it's a video card or RAM issue. I've seen the same pixelated effect in external LCD screens if the sharpness adjustment is off in the monitor - but that's probably not the problem here as you said the screen froze when it happens.

    To test if it's a RAM issue - try using just one ram module at a time. Then run Apple's hardware test if you are able to get it to boot again.
     
  3. clockwise9 macrumors newbie

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    PastorBeef did you ever get this resolved? I had the same issue about 10mins ago. Gonna try windows4ever's solution and see if it fixes my issues...
     
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    You may fall under the nVidia 8600GT recall if you have that GPU in your computer, I would check through Apple.
     

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