MBP 17" 2009 freezing on startup at white screen. Hard drive issue?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Thylacine, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. Thylacine macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2009
    Hi all,

    I have a MacBook Pro 2.66Ghz 17" Unibody MacBook Pro 2009 running OS X 10.6.4, and have this problem:

    Freezes on startup at white screen with grey Apple logo.
    Used to run OK in single-user mode, but now also freezes.
    Airport won't turn on, and sometimes freezes when I try. Airport card is recognized in "About this Mac."
    Ran Tech Tool Deluxe and passes all tests except for Volume Structure. When I select Repair, it quits by itself and doesn't complete repair.
    Wiped hard drive and reinstalled system from scratch, but same problems persist.

    Does this sound like a failing hard drive or a logic board problem since Airport is affected? My warranty just expired, so I'm thinking of installing a new (and bigger) hard drive myself, but wonder if this won't solve the problem...

  2. Bankaimadness macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    Things like this always scares me. I mean come on Apple, you just sold a 2k+ computer to someone and now it is causing them problems in just over a year and right when their Warranty just expired?
    Macs are suppose to be about quality in both exterior wise and interior hardware wise.

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