MBP troubles after installing second drive SSD...need help

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Karpfish, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Karpfish macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2006
    Ok, here is the deal. I have a 13" mid 2009 MBP and due to issues with the superdrive I decided to buy the OWC data doubler kit and install it with a 120GB SSD from them. I also upgraded to 8GB RAM at the time but I do not believe that has anything to do with this. After I did this, my original HD freaked out and wouldn't even show up in target disk mode. Eventually I made a clone of the Snow Leopard install disks onto a USB stick using a friend's laptop and installed OSX fresh onto the SSD. Luckily I had a backup of everything so I have not lost anything. Even with the fresh install, however, I am having a lot of issues with the OS. When I try to boot the machine, it often takes 3, 4 or even 5 times to boot normally. As far as I remember, booting into safe mode works right away but that is obviously not a solution. Usually it starts by hanging at a blue screen once or twice, then I can get to the login screen but it is either kind of grayed out or it just freezes and I can't even move the mouse to type in my password. When I do safe mode it boots up without this issue, but even after that I often see the computer freeze up during use, which happened the first time I wrote this post. This problem also occurs when waking up from sleep. If the laptop goes to sleep by itself or I close it, I have to power cycle it to return to use. The keyboard will light up, but the screen never comes on so there is no way for me to log in. These issues are extremely frustrating and make me feel dumb for doing this in the first place, considering that everything worked ok before(minus the superdrive). Has anyone seen these issues before? Resetting PRAM and booting into single user mode are not helpful, I have tried them many, many times and I see the same issues. I saw somewhere else that I should try to remove the fonts, startup items, and loginwindow.plist files/folders and put them on the desktop, but even after doing that the issues persist. Any help is much appreciated, I really just want to fix this machine so it works as it should.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Wall of Text warning.

    Try using the enter key a little more.

    There's a number of threads floating around here that some SSD drives (from OZC and OWC) are having problems with some Macs on wake up. Search/read through them.

    Sounds like your issue is similar.
  3. mpr131 macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2007
    Washington, DC
    like maflynn said, there seems to be a theme with installing SSD in the optibay and when the mbp wakes from sleep mode (although i do believe they are mutually exclusive.) you'll find these during your search.

    however, it is spotty. i installed an OWC SSD as my boot drive and i don't have the awake from sleep beach ball issue.
  4. Karpfish thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2006
    I did search, I saw all the threads about the wake on sleep issues but not much on the boot issues or the random freezing.

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