Macbook constant crashing..

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by courboy, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. courboy macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    I have been having a problem where my MB completely locks up, as in the screen freezes and no input device will do anything and I have to turn the power off and back on to restart it.

    This seems to happen when I play a game, Football Manager 09 mainly, but recently the screensaver can trigger it, ie. it just stops working at random times. I have tried the repairing permissions on the disk utility and performed all the relevant system checks, but this has not solved the problem.

    I have ruled everything out and it's rather annoying as I no longer trust the machine not to crash. I have come to the conclusion that I think it's the graphics card although cannot find any updated drivers unfortunately.

    Has anybody else had this problem at all and if so, what did you do about it?

    P.S. I have experienced the 'kernel' error in the past too, where the grey screen appears and says I need to turn the computer off.

    Hope this is fixed in SL!
     
  2. iStrat macrumors member

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  3. courboy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Brilliant, thanks for that.

    Do you have a quick way of getting it to crash so I can show them in the store? I can't see that they'll believe it's a hardware issue though as when I spoke to apple care on the phone they said it would be software and to reinstall bla bla, which I did.

    On another note, do you think they'll upgrade it to the new 'macbook pro' 13" or will they still have stock of the 2.4ghz macbook alu?
     
  4. AreYouIn? macrumors 6502a

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    They will still have the 2.4ghz. Either that or they will give you a refurbished one.
     
  5. iStrat macrumors member

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    Try running a graphic intensive game with the graphics settings turned all the way up for a few minutes. That should get it to freeze. Practice at home so you have it down once you get it to the store.

    I hadn't brought it in yet because I'm able to do normal activies like surfing fine without crashing, so I have just been gaming on another computer, so it wasn't urgent. But now I'm hoping they will replace it with one of the new 13" MBPs. I think they'll try to fix it a few times first. If they can't fix it or if after a few failed repairs it's still doing the same thing, they should replace it with a new one.
     
  6. courboy thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm doing the same, the computer is working fine apart from when anything graphical comes on the screen, such as the screensaver for time. The weird thing is sometimes it takes a minute for it to crash and other times it may take 1-2 hours of playing before it happens. Rather odd.

    I may wait a month or so until the old refurbished UMB have sold out so they have no choice but to give me a new 13" MBP, although I do think they'll just keep trying to repair this one and fob me off etc..
     
  7. crackbookpro macrumors 65816

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    No, they don't do that. Either they replace it with the same model or give you something better (like a 13"MBP in this case)...that is there policy.

    But, sorry OP, I have not heard of your scenarios, sometimes you need 3 hardware issues before that takes place...I wouldn't get your hopes up.


    CrackBookPro:cool:
     
  8. courboy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your advice both of you. I need to find a way of making it crash quickly to show them in the apple store, or I could be waiting an hour or so for it to crash at times!

    I also have a feeling they won't just replace the unit and will keep sending it off etc, and leaving me without a unit to use :(
     

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