MacBook Pro won't turn off

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mathieuplante, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. mathieuplante macrumors member

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    Last night, after a few hours of using it (from 100% to about 8%), I tried turning off the computer for the night. After the dock and everything else disappeared, I got a spinning beach ball of death. The computer wouldn't turn off for at least 15 minutes. I had to do press the power button for 5 seconds to get it to turn off. I restarted it this morning and it seems to be working fine for now, but I'm scared of turning it off again.

    Here's what I know: while the beach ball was happening, my wallpaper was still on the screen, the trackpad worked, but the brightness and volumes didn't, so I'm guessing I was logged out and no files were corrupted.

    During the beach ball, the hard drive would slow down, then spin back up. I waited until it had slowed down a bit to do the hard reboot. I have to say that I reset the PRAM yesterday morning, thinking it might be good because I changed the hard drive to the Momentus XT last week and I read that you should reset it when you change hardware inside the machine. I did that before the crash, so when it crashed, it was the first time I tried to turn the machine off since resetting the PRAM, could that matter?

    This morning, I went to disk utility and repaired permissions, there were probably a few hundred bad permissions, but Mac OS fixed them. I also tried verification, but it was alright. I then ran the daily, weekly and monthly tasks and everything went great.

    What should I do? I already have a charger problem and a «screen is too blue whichever way I set it» problem. Do I have a lemon here?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. mathieuplante thread starter macrumors member

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    Or is it a battery problem, not a charger problem?

    I have the thing where it suddenly stops charging halfway through, the light on the cord flashes and you have to unplug it and plug it back in a few times to get it to continue charging. Since I was on battery when it crashed, near 8%, maybe that's what did it? Maybe the computer knew it didn't have enough current to shut down? I calibrated my battery during the very first week I received my Mac, so a few weeks ago.
     
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  4. moel macrumors 6502

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    Fix your disk permissions, restart..stop worrying.
     
  5. mathieuplante thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, but I've already fixed disk permissions as I said above.

    I reinstalled just last week, I don't see how disk permissions got that screwed up in barely a week. And stop worrying, sure, because a computer that won't shut down for 20 minutes is normal, is that it? I've never seen a computer do that, certainly not a brand new computer. I think it's normal for me to worry about shutting down my computer with the power button, you shouldn't have to do that.

    And I also think it's normal to worry about a battery (or charger) that won't charge and a light that will blink and tell me it's not charging when it's only 65% full.
     
  6. mathieuplante thread starter macrumors member

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    I have a MacBook Pro i5 15 inch base model.
     

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