MBP sits at start screen... freezing

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  1. doobybiggs, Aug 5, 2013
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    When I turn on my MBP it sits at this screen and the gray bar gets almost to the end and then stops and stays in that spot for hours ...

    Its a 2011 13" MBP ... thoughts on what could be wrong? I'm thinking hard drive died on it .. but wanted some opinions or better knowledge first

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  2. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Opened it up and blew out dust and then made sure all my connections were good .. still doing it.
     
  3. Idefix macrumors 6502

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    Hold down the shift key (for a long, long time) on startup. Safe Boot.

    Report back on what that does.
     
  4. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just does the same thing .. it shows the screen like in the first.post and then turns off after awhile of loading
     
  5. bs-2010 macrumors member

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    This happened to me not long ago. Took it to the Apple store and the hard drive bracket needed replacing. It was about $50 total. It could be a hard drive failure though.
     
  6. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    By bracket you mean the connector into the HD?

    Either way $50 isn't bad..
     
  7. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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  8. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Was not updating BIOS ... turned it on when I got to my hotel room to connect to wifi, then it froze and then it started doing this ...
     
  9. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    In that case I can only suggest you'd look into the sleepimage troubleshooting. That bar indicates it is trying to read the RAM image back into memory from the disk sleepimage file. There's something wrong with this. Bad HDD would be the first suspect.
     
  10. Idefix macrumors 6502

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    Do you have an external HD to start up from?

    Alternatively, do you have (or can borrow) a second Mac where you could try starting it up under firewire target disk mode? You could run some diagnostics that way...

    Lastly, do you have Applecare?
     
  11. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

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    A few things I would try in this order.

    1. PRAM reset:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11243
    If no luck:

    2. Option boot (hold Option key while booting) select start drive.
    If no luck:

    3. Boot to recovery mode (Command+R) run Disk Utility, First Aid on HDD.
    If no luck:

    4. Genius Bar Appointment.
     
  12. Idefix macrumors 6502

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    niteflyr reminded me that it's a good idea to try starting up in single-user mode and running fsck -fy

    hold down command and s at startup. report what happens...
     
  13. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    nothing seemed to work ... but I did find https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/39701/lion-diskmaker

    Lion Diskmaker seemed to fix the problem so far ... I got to install at the moment and just waiting for it to finish. Will report back once I get done and see if it works.
     
  14. bs-2010 macrumors member

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    I think that's what it was. They said "hard drive bracket" specifically so I assume that is the connector to the HD. Anyway I'd take it into the Apple store since they'll diagnose it for free.
     

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