Mac Behaving Badly

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mattandsam, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. Mattandsam macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2014
    Hi All,

    I have a MacBook Pro, a few years old now and a thunderbolt monitor, all of a sudden the monitor went black and the MBP became unresponsive causing me to hold the power button down to turn it off... I have unplugged everything, tried a SMC reset etc and this is how it behaves now...

    1. Tap the on button
    2. Power light comes on
    3. Chimes
    4. Apple logo appears
    5. Power light turns off
    6. Spinning icon appears for a while
    7. Logo and icon disappear leaving a white/grey blank screen.

    If I boot in Safe mode the screen eventually turns blue and stays that way.

    Funny thing is, if I close the lid the power light turns on along with the back lit apple logo on the lid - doing the opposite to how it should behave.

    Any help would be appreciated!



    It was suggested to try entering recovery mode - this just results with a blue screen.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'd run that Apple Hardware Test to see if that kicks anything out. Sounds like something bad may be occurring. If you're near an apple store and have the time, letting them run some diagnostics may be an option

    Good luck
  3. Cristian .b macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2013
    Apple walled garden
    which model is it exactly? 2011? maybe it is the graphic card problem. as mentioned take it to an nearby apple store.
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    If it's a 15"/17" 2011 model with Radeon GPU, Radeongate has hit your MBP.

    The only solution is a logic board replacement.
  5. rohers, Mar 2, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2014

    rohers macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2014
    same here

    mine is reluctant to start up, the screen freezes
    MBP 17" early 2011

    can't see how to switch video card on/off - maybe I can't
    all seems rather slow when it is working
    sometimes 30 - 50 attempts to reboot. white, black, blue screens....

    Apple store did not find anything
    Now have Mavericks loaded
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    That's the symptoms of the Radeongate fiasco (GPU failure on 2011 MBPs).
  7. butterflygal macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2012
    My early 2011 MBP bit the dust last week. Same symptoms you describe, and I took it to an authorized Apple repair shop. They said it was the logic board and they could fix it for $900. NOPE, going to get a new one.

    By the way, I have had LOTS of problems with this Mac. A bit gun shy about buying another one, but I really do like it. Just feel like I wasted $1700 on something I thought would last FAR longer than 2 years, 11 months.
  8. Mattandsam thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2014
    Thanks guys, I figured the 'logic board' would be mentioned eventually! Not worth fixing, time for a new one.

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