Macbook Pro 13" (early 2011) Freezing (+ Crucial C300)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by krapidler, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. krapidler macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2009
    All right, I've been seeing a lot of threads regarding the problem with 15" and 17" MBPs freezing and locking up, and it seems to be related to the discrete graphics, such as explained in the wiki.

    This wiki now says "How to fix this issue entirely: It's now confirmed by multiple testimonies, on Apple's discussions forums, that 10.6.7 does solve this issue entirely. Tests has been done using the various scenarios described below as well as using high demanding benchmarking software like SmallUXGPU, and nobody has been able to reproduce the issue since 10.6.7. Good work Apple!"

    However, before, it was already written that "Known models potentially affected: MacBook Pro (2011) 15'' and 17'' with both the integrated Intel and AMD GPUs. This would seem to exclude the 13" models. While people have described problems with the 13" models, it is not clear if these machines are experiencing the exact same freeze."

    And I am one of those having problems with the 13". Updating to 10.6.7 did nothing. I am running a Crucial C300, and I contacted them about the problem, but haven't got a response yet. I have also contacted my Apple Premium Reseller, from whom I bought the Macbook Pro, and am still waiting for a response as well.

    The problem is the following: I get random freezing, sometimes truly random and without any load (such as only working in Word, or even right after a restart), but mostly and almost reliably reproducible when moving a large number of files, such as importing and exporting photos into/from iPhoto (tried with iLife 2011 and iLife 2009), but also - which I did for testing purposes of this very problem - when copying about 500 images to a different folder; once, the problem already appeared when I pressed CMD+C for copying. Also, when importing into iPhoto, the app encounters problems such as not being able to import certain files, and some photos appear to be cut off after the import (greyed out below the middle or so), thus corrupted.

    Do tell me if you need more input from my side for answering this question!

    Thanks in advance.

    Post Scriptum
    I forgot to describe what the freezes look like. I just get the Beachball, and the app creating the problem becomes unresponsive, and shortly after (a few seconds), the rest of the computer gets unresponsive as well, except the cursor which can still be moved. Everything locks up, not even app names appear when hovering over dock icons. Oh, and sometimes I do get a temp spike with my fans going crazy, but this only seems to be the case in the minority of cases. Freezes take about 30-60 seconds do disappear. They seem to be appearing more often every day (got the Macbook on Friday).
  2. TxdoHawk macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2011
    Do you still have a regular HDD for your 13", preferably the one that came with the system? If you do, I'd swap that back in and see if the freezes continue to happen. If the freezes stop, that pretty reliably pegs the SSD as the problem.
  3. peteyhawkins macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2011
    I have the same symptoms, and am using the C300 myself. Brand new 13" 2011 MBP, Crucial c300..

    Have you tried switching the drive out? I was considering doing that myself today.. as the freezes are really starting to piss me off!

    Would just love to know if it's the C300 causing the problems or not.
  4. JustCorz macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2011
    C300 and 2011 mbp does not work well together

    I had these same issues and the only way i could get the c300 drive to work was to install it in my optibay.

    I believe it may have to do with the fact that the optibay port runs at sata 2 speeds whereas the main hd bay runs at sata 3 which is where i believe the problem lies.

    Anyways i ended up returning the c300 :( , if you check this forum there are long threads regarding this issue.
  5. peteyhawkins macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2011
    The only problem is I've had my C300 for more than 2 months now. How long did you have yours when you were alllowed to return it?
  6. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    I believe Crucial removed the 2011 MBP from heir compatibility list. Just going from what experience I have with Crucial, Ibet if you told them you got it for a 2011 MBP they would give you a return..
  7. JustCorz macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2011
    I had mine for 16 days give or take before i returned it. But you should call them and explain your situation i think they may exchange it for you or give you a refund!

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