Help with mid-2009 MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by austinfamvt, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. austinfamvt macrumors newbie

    austinfamvt

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    I have a mid-2009 MacBook Pro that has been sitting around for a couple years. When we try to click on anything we just get the spinning rainbow cursor that never stops. HELP??
     
  2. Foggydog macrumors 6502

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    Grrrrr. I have a mid 2009 as well, but never had that problem. It really need updating the hardware if I'm going to keep. Hopefully a Mac guru will be able to help. Good luck.
     
  3. rawweb, Jan 26, 2017
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    rawweb macrumors 6502a

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    Your 2009 is 8 years old now...have you at least upgraded the hard drive to solid state? Should make your computer feel like new. How much ram is installed?

    SSD and memory would be pretty basic upgrade/maintenance that would breath some fresh life into your aging machine. Some how-to videos/prices are here if want to check it out: https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ssd/owc/macbook-pro/2008-2009. Certainly shop around though, SSD's are dirt cheap these days.
     
  4. Acden macrumors member

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    The problem could be in your hard drive. Which is 8 years old. And in using it got broken. It maybe has bad blocks, and it "freezes" sometimes. Check it with scanning programs. I could recommend driveDX which is free for month (it's enough to test your drive for bads).

    Also, your computer could be over-heated. You should change thermo-paste on GPU and CPU. I think your GPU could be over-heated too.
     
  5. flowrider, Jan 26, 2017
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    flowrider macrumors 601

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    You will need much more information than you are providing. What OS, do you have a backup, how much RAM, and etc.

    Lou
     
  6. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    Besides of what's already been said, you could reinstall the OS if it's a software problem. If that doesn't work, then you could try a new HD or ideally an SSD.
     
  7. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    Very possible that the HDD is dying.
     

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