MacBook Pro won't boot...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TheKittenEater, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. TheKittenEater macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2007
    Ugh... okay guys, here's the situation: I got home from school tonight, went to turn on my MBP... doesn't turn on.

    Tried resetting the SMC, PRAM and NVRAM, nothing worked.

    What currently happens:
    1. Press power
    2. Can hear it checking the optical drive
    3. Instantly shuts down

    The worst part is... I formatted the external HDD that had all my time machine backups on it just a few days ago so I could use it at school... fml...

    Any ideas what could be wrong?
  2. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    have you tried just starting it up with the battery out? Just with the ac connected? How much ram is in it? Can you take one stick out and test it?
  3. Musicmasta macrumors member


    Aug 3, 2008
  4. TheKittenEater thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2007
    Tried all that, still no dice.

    I don't have that option, it just automatically shuts itself off. :(
  5. Pixellated macrumors 65816

    Apr 1, 2008
  6. RosieKins macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2008
    I've had this a few times with a previous MacBook - it's probably the logic board inside your Mac that has taken a turn for the worse.

    You'll be off to the Apple Store to see a Genius, I guess.

  7. Pixellated macrumors 65816

    Apr 1, 2008
    Also, try different configs of RAM, swap, remove, swap, etc...
  8. TheKittenEater thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2007
    Nope :(

    Yeah, heading there now... maybe I can use this to justify buying one of the new MacBooks...

    Thanks for the help guys!
  9. Pixellated macrumors 65816

    Apr 1, 2008
    Heh... I like your thinking.
    *plans how laptop is going to 'fail*
  10. s.downs macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2008
    Any updates on this problem, i have one which seems to be doing the same thing, hoping it wont be too expensive to fix.
  11. n8236 macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2006
    I just got this problem today, but my machine *sometimes" chines b4 shutting itself off. I own a first generation MBP.

    Initially, I brought my machine to a Genius for a flickering screen. So, my initial assessment was the screen inverter, as it was the tech's as well. Somehow, the problem turned out to be my logic board and some other crap, so they replaced that. But somehow this new self-shutting-down problem occurred. And they're going to replace my logic board once again to see if they can get lucky.

    The Genius told me they would give me a new mbp if they can't fix it. Thank God for Apple Care.

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