MacBook Pro Won't Boot Up--Help!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MacConvert2007, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. MacConvert2007 macrumors member

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    I have a mid-2009 MacBook Pro with 4 GB of RAM running OS 10.9 Mavericks. My hard drive currently only has about 2 GB of free space on it. Also, my battery is in bad shape. It only gives me about an hour of use on a full charge.

    Last time I got it to boot-up fully, it happened slowly, and all the programs were crashing, even the Finder (that's what command-option-escape was telling me at least).

    So I tried to boot into safe mode by holding the shift key down and restarting. It spent 3 minutes trying to start up then suddenly just shut down, as if the battery ran out or power was lost. This was strange since the AC cord was plugged in with a green light on it at the time.

    I have since tried to start it up again 3 more times, same result each time. MBP tries to boot-up in safe mode for about 3 minutes, then just loses power as if the battery has run out.

    I'm a bit perplexed by this. What should I do next?
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    OSX doesn't always handle low HDD space very well. Do you have a spare HDD you can use to install a new copy of OSX too see if your MBP is still working?

    You could also run Apple Hardware Test.
     
  3. MacConvert2007 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have an external hard drive with my time machine backup on it. How do I run the hardware test?
     
  4. MacConvert2007 thread starter macrumors member

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    I tried to start the Apple Hardware Test by holding down D and pressing the power but I got the same result as above.
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    On your Mac, you'll need the original restore disks. One of them contains the hardware test.
     
  6. MacConvert2007 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have the 2 DVDs, an OS X disc, and an applications disc. What do I do next?
     
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Look at the disks to see which one says it contains the hardware test, pop the disk in and hold "D" while the computer is booting.
     
  8. MacConvert2007, Jul 1, 2014
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    I turned the machine on, then slipped in the applications/apple hardware test DVD, and held down the D key. Immediately, the drive started a low tone beeping and after 30 seconds or so spit the DVD out. I then put the DVD back in and it did not beep this time. So I turned it off then and turned it back on holding the D key. It booted up to Apple Hardware Test.

    I'm running the test now.
     
  9. MacConvert2007 thread starter macrumors member

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    Alert! Apple Hardware Test has detected an error

    4HDD/11/40000004: SATA (0,0)


    What does this mean?
     
  10. GhettoMrBob macrumors regular

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    My guess would be a hard drive error.

    Do you have the original install disk? You could try booting to that and checking the HD using disk utility.
     
  11. MacConvert2007 thread starter macrumors member

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    The machine is stuck trying to start in safe mode every time I turn it on. Is there a key that will start it in regular/normal mode instead?
     

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