Help! I hope it is not dead!

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  1. cool11 macrumors 65816

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    I was doing my usual tasks in my early 2011 mbp.
    Suddenly, everything froze.
    I had to push the power button.
    From that moment, my mbp never came back.
    I never had a normal boot and I never managed to get into osx again.
    It stucks to the grey screen, after the apple logo.
    I tried almost every keyboard shortcut I found in apple discussions forum, here, and elsewhere, for an alternative boot.
    I tried to boot from a cloned disk. It stuck.
    I tried boot in recovery partition/mode. Blue screen.
    I tried to boot in bootable partitions in my usb flash disk, visible in boot, like 'drive genius', 'osx mavericks setup' etc, all stuck.
    I reset smc, but nothing changed.
    I even made an 'internet recovery', it seemed to download something for 5 minutes, but the boot stuck again.
    The only thing I am able to do is to press 'S' and go in this command line mode.
    I tried to do some repair there. I saw a 'good' message there, that the Macintosh HD volume is ok. But when I booted, I stuck to grey screen again.
    I am not completely sure, but I think I saw for a few seconds (before they vanish in the upper direction of the screen) an 'smc error' in the blue screen of this blue screened text environment.

    Can you please guide me to find out what the problem is?
    I am really disappointed.
     
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  3. butterflygal macrumors newbie

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    My early 2011 MBP did the same thing a week ago. Tried all the same things as you with no success. Took to a shop and the logic board is dead. They quoted me $900 to repair, which I am not paying because I can get a new one for that price.
     
  4. cool11 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Unfortunately I 've already seen this topic.

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    I have not heard even cheap pc laptops to suffer from damaged motherboards. How this could be a rather usual situation for an apple product?
     
  5. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    This sounds like a dead HDD rathe than a faulty Logic board. I'd take it in and get it checked by Apple.
     
  6. cool11 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    But I am unable to boot even from a cloned external hard disk!
    Not even from a bootable usb flash disk!

    And going into the 'unix' environment pressing command-s during startup, I made a checkdisk and it says 'macintosh hd volume is ok'.
     
  7. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    In that case I guess the LB is probably the issue...Not a cheap repair I'm afraid.
     
  8. cool11 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    If you can't even option key boot to a known bootable external drive or USB key, there is nothing else you can do.
     
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  11. cool11 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Even if I had apple care, I would be uncovered?
    I bought it almost 3 years ago.
     
  12. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    If it's expired, it's no longer valid and hence won't cover the damage.
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    Apple care extends the warranty by two years giving you 3 full years of coverage. If you bought it almost 3 years ago, then it would be covered. Kind of a moot point though so don't beat yourself up over not getting.
     
  14. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Just wondering -- is the RAM in MBPro the original, factory-installed RAM, or have you ever replaced it?
     
  15. cool11 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Mbp had an original 4gb dimm, and I told the seller to add another 4gb dimm, 'official' from apple.
     

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