MBP freezes, has to be force-shutdown

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macaaronb, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. macaaronb, Apr 26, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2012

    macaaronb macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2009
    Hi all,

    In the past two weeks my MBP has completely frozen three times. What happens is that right in the middle of loading a page, etc it will become completely unresponsive. The screen is stuck but I hear the laptop still running. Clicking caps lock on the external keyboard or on the laptop itself does not light the indicator light, and when I tried plugging in my iPhone when it was in this state it did not start charging.

    It does not correct itself after just sitting out and I have to manually shut it down by holding down the power button for several seconds.

    Are there any things like a pram reset I can try before taking it in? Also does this problem sound like it is indicative of some impending crash like a motherboard failure? I did custom install a SSD about 6 months ago and it has been smooth sailing since, but this doesn't really sound like an oncoming drive failure to me. I do have the stock HDD in the optical drive slot, by the way.

    I don't have AppleCare and I bought the laptop about 2 years ago refurbished (mid 2009 13"). Also--before I turn it on next, are there any things I can check in the console, error message that may hint at the underlying problem?

    Thanks a lot!

    Also, I should mention: There is no beachball when this occurs, it just freezes. It does not seem to be under heavy load when this happens--when this happened just now, I only had Chrome and iTunes open and the fans were not blowing heavily. Lastly, I am running the latest version of snow leopard.
  2. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011

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