Macbook Pro fell on the ground and is now very slow at everything!

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  1. notblackjack macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    Yesterday night I was watching some video's on youtube when I got really mad at my mom because she wouldn't let me watch the video that I was watching. I got really mad and wanted to storm out of the room, when I closed my laptop. Well... I sort of gave a hard push to close it when it fell on the ground... I turned it off and when I woke up this morning I realized that it was working, but it needed to load with everything I did.

    For example if I click on the :apple: sign to restart it or something, the mouse turns to loading for about 10 seconds before I can do something. One time the mouse even froze and the whole computer just turned off. Sometimes, typing seems to go as normal when it just freezes again... Does anybody know what might have happened and maybe how to fix it??
     
  2. shardey macrumors 6502a

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    May have damaged the hard drive.
     
  3. notblackjack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Looking at other threads in the past that may be the problem, but in most of those situations the computer doesn't work at all...
     
  4. randomrazr macrumors 65816

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    this is why parents shouldnt buy expensive macbooks for kids :D
     
  5. Tortri macrumors 6502a

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    Hard drive. Run diagnostics software to confirm. Backup what you can while it works
     
  6. LeiQQ macrumors regular

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    I did this with an electronic typewriter when I was in 7th grade when my mom was yelling at me. Stopped working too. Never vent mom anger on electronics.
     
  7. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like you did some damage to your hard drive...

    run disk utility, and don't take your anger out on things that cost more than $1k.
     
  8. iDuel macrumors 6502a

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    What video were you watching:confused:

    Anyway, it looks like the hard drive was damaged, and if this is true you will probably need to replace it.

    Next time, realize the value of a dollar and treat the things your parents pay for with respect.
     
  9. derickdub macrumors 6502

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    It sounds like it's the HDD.

    Parents buy things like computers for their kids?! I'm glad my parents made me save my own money for stuff like that.
     
  10. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

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    besides that it might be a damaged hd turn it off take off the bottom plate and reset the ram one of the sticks may have come loose
     
  11. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    Sorry dude for the tantrum that led to you damaging your MBP ... usually Moms know best.
     
  12. bb426, Sep 3, 2011
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    Sorry to be the one to say this but I feel that we shouldn't be scolding him for something he's done that his parents probably already scolded him for. He just came on here for some advise, and likewise, just give him some advise to help him fix the problem. We're not his parents. We all learn our lessons when the day's over, and sometimes dropping our Mac now can prevent a drop in the future. It's all about learning from our mistakes ;)

    As for the Mac, the best thing to do at the moment is to check it, make sure everything is connected right underneath, and then run a couple of verify tests. I don't know if SMART will say anything about it but even if it doesn't, I can guarantee that you will most likely need a new hard drive. And that's not a bad thing! You can get a much faster Mac with a new hard drive. Just don't go out and buy an expensive one. Get one from here.

    Make sure you get an external hard drive to back up your things, and make sure you have your original Mac OS X disks handy to install the OS back onto the blank drive. Here is a guide to replacing the hard drive, assuming you have that model. If not, it's close enough.

    Here's some suggested hard drives here and here and here. The last one is the cheapest, but the first one is the fastest, and the middle one has the most space.

    If you don't want to order it, just go to your local electronics store and find an internal laptop SATA hard drive (like the ones above). Though it's more expensive this way.
     
  13. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    But, to be honest, most of the time, scolding from OTHER people aside from your parents brings harsher and more desirable effects. We all know this; how many times have our parents told us not to do the same thing older and older?

    However, if we do something in public or at school and get in trouble for it, more times than not, we NEVER do it again. Ridicule or scolding from other people who we have no connection to often brings stronger results.

    I get what you're saying; that the machine's broken and telling him that he was being a whiny baby (which he was) doesn't help the problem, but yea, he should be told that. Maybe it will help him before he grows older and continues developing a possible anger issue. I have a friend with one and it gets VERY annoying when he starts rushing us to leave the theater (and miss videos after credits), leave restaurants, and just b****** when he gets tired.

    And we're all 19.

    But yea, to the OP, go get another hard drive and a cheap external one to use as a TM backup.
     
  14. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

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    Well i am going out of town in a week. Going to be gone for that length of time so i am taking my restore disks and a time machine backup of my macbook with me so if my hd dies i can get an operational system backup and running in no time.
     
  15. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    Why don't you just backup now, go to the store, and pick up a new internal HD and do it now?

    It's like you're choosing to use an obviously broken machine until it goes completely bad instead of fixing it now. Do the backup while the HD still works and get it replaced, it's never good to use anything while it isn't working as it should.
     
  16. ColeMan14, Sep 3, 2011
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    Disk Utility will not help. It won't fix anything, and it won't tell you that your hard drive is bad. If it makes any difference at all, it will just make it worse by scrambling the directory structure of the bad drive.

    There would be completely different symptoms if this were the case. It's far far more likely that one of the HD's heads slammed into the platter when it hit the ground.


    The OP needs a new hard drive.
     
  18. blunti macrumors 6502a

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    very true. it's why we can appreciate our gadgets cause we know how hard those bucks are to earn.
     
  19. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    Pick up your computer, and shake it. Hear the tick?

    Hit the desk with your fist. Hear the tick?

    That's the computer stopping the hard drive and moving the spindle to prevent things like what happened here in this topic from happening more often.

    That is, if that's the tick you're talking about.
     
  20. ColeMan14 macrumors newbie

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    I don't believe that is the case, It happens when stationary on a desk too.

    It's more of a sharper tick.
     
  21. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    That's from the hard drive being read; happens on mine from time to time. Don't worry about it. For good measures, you should always have a backup on an external hard drive though.
     
  22. ColeMan14 macrumors newbie

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    thanks, I noticed it a couple days ago, the hdd is only 3-4 years old ;).

    At least I'm backed up to a TM.
     
  23. notblackjack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, first of all... thanks for all the support, next, some answers to some replies.

    The one I use is an old one from my mom, my dad got a new one, gave his old to my mom, then she gave her old one to me. So she didn't really buy it...

    I was watching a commentary of assasin's creed: brotherhood (in dutch) and the commentator said something like: "aw [the F word =D], I need to kill him!"
    Plus, it was 10:30 at the time, so I was kinda tired...

    Finally someone didn't start with saying that I shouldn't have one of these expensive laptops or something like that, because usually, I'm the one that is careful with this kind of stuff. Anyway, I'm pretty lucky because I already had ordered a new pc for 1500 bucks and I already have a 1TB external hard disk ready for use. Plus, for the time being, I am using my mom's laptop to play minecraft and browse the internet.
     
  24. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    Uh huh; if you're backed up, all you have to do is run to the store, grab an internal hard drive for 60 bucks, run back, pop in the installer CDs, and you'll be back up and running within 3 hours of when the computer died.

    But if it's very quiet, faint ticking then it isn't anything to worry about. if it's constant ticking with a rhythm like tick tick tick tick then you "might" have a dying drive.

    But if it's one or 20 very fast, quiet ticks once every day or something random, then you're good.
     
  25. bb426 macrumors 6502

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    Thing is, I hear this tick even if I rest my palm on my MBP, move my hand to position my finger on the delete key, and even when I have the SMS disabled. Plus, I have an SSD in the main bay and my HDD in the optibay (where there is no SMS support) so I doubt that the sort of tick we normally hear isn't the head halting. I imagine it would be a different ticking sound. The same tick is heard when I pick up my MBP as well. And no, I have taken it apart numerous times, there's nothing loose inside of it.

    I'm not worried about it, I just don't think it's related to the SMS.
     

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