MBP weird Problems ...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cwaniak36, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. cwaniak36 macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2008
    I would like to say hello to everyone as this will be my first post on the forums.

    I have a 2.4GHZ MBP, bought BN few months ago.

    I never beed a MAC user before but I decided to try it out, and it was all good until yesterday.

    So here is what happened.

    I have a External Western Digital HDD, PRO2 1TB, which was working like a charm, until yesterday I brought an external DVD burner, which was working on another mac at my work.

    The Western Digital HDD was connected VIA FW 800 port, and i wanted to burn some DVD's from that external HDD using the external DVD burner that i have brought in.

    So i connected the external DVD burner to the FW 400 port, and nothing showed up, computer did not see it.
    Then i thought well, maybe my FW 400 cable was messed up, so I connected it to my external HDD, wanting to make sure it works on something...
    Nope, it still did not work,.......... nothing showed up..

    So i unplaged the FW 400 cable from the HDD, thinking it was a bad cable , and connected the fw 800 back to the HDD.... oops... doesnt see it either anymore.... :S:S:S::S ... and the power in the HDD seems to go in and out... The light on the HDD looks like its buzzing all the time...... so being frustrated.. :(,,.... i tried to connect it via USB, Againg FW 400, and once more FW 800, NO LUCK ON ANY OF THEM... tried different computer... STILL NO LUCK>.....>>>????

    then I tested the FW 400 cable at my friends house, and YES IT WORKS..... ( ofcourse not with my HDD or the Dvd burner. )

    ( the burner worked for sure, i was uing it all the time at work, now IT IS NOT BEING RECOGNIZED by POWERBOOK at work EITHER ?>??)

    Now as those 2 items seem to break.... here is whats up with my MBP.

    So right after it .. i restarted the mac... thinking it may fix the issue. BOOM>.... IT TOOK LITERALLY, witth the watch on my hand, 10 min to boot into OSX.

    So im like.. ok maybe it was installing some updates..... no i dont think so... I restart it again = 10 min of booting time,,,,,, again 10 min of booting time ... .. .. .. .

    Also when I close the monitor it should go to sleep mode, as it always did.. now, instead of the light buzzing ( breathing, standing by or w/e ) its just one brightness... and as soon i want to WAKE IT UP.. by opening screen and hitting any key,,,,, it does not respond.... i even try the POWER BUTTON ... NOTHING >.. light is stuck on one brightness and thats it....only thing im able to do is hold down the powerbutton key to reset it .. and wait 10 min to boot it once more into the system..

    Weird thing is that when i use BOOTCAMP to bootinto the WINdows ... It takes as i did b4. so nothing new there.

    i hope the harddrive issue, may get resolved if i return it and ( MAYBE POWER SUPPLY is the problem and it will get replaced (( and i will not loose 750 GB of video footage, which i had to STORE on it from work, to clean up some computer space there ( Hope i will not be screwd :( )).....

    So my thinking is that the MBP :( had to do something to all of those Pieces of machinery :p ... + i got hurt as well by itself///

    +++ Also ( im not currently on the osx... as i have no time to wait for it to boot... in the system settings under the FIREWIRE ... there is some error in red.. can't remember what it says........

    I think i read somewhere that When i put the install OSX disk in and Select DISK rapair it might fix the Booting times.......

    i really don't want to reformat my MB... as i didnt mess it up with different apps... or anything... its really clean.

    i did try the Command + option + P + R... to reset..... don't remember ... u know what... but it didn't help in anything/..

    If you managed to read this :) ... thanks for bearing with me.. Any ideas WHATS UP WITH ALL OF THAT ???
  2. H4Inf macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    Melbourne, Australia
    Perhaps the external hdd or external burner malfunctioned, zapping your mbp causing it some problems?

    Can you use firewire devices in windows on your mac?

    Other than that, you really should boot into OS-X and open Applications\Utilities\Console - review the All Messages or System.log Log files. You should be able to export/save these to a USB stick and then use another PC to post them online if you are unable to do so on OS-X.

    Check what that error was you saw but can't remember.

    In regard to data on the external HDD, often when they fail, only the controller board has failed, the drive inside is ok. You could try purchasing an identical unit and swap the internal drive over. You could also try directly connecting the internal drive to a computer using a USB/SATA/IDE interface, or other external case. Depending on how the controller in your existing unit stored the data, this may or may not work.

    Good luck and get back to us with more details :)

  3. cwaniak36 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2008
    my system log in Log files, shows only last 2 days of me being on osx.
    is there any way to see the older dates?
  4. cwaniak36 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2008
    also it does not want to mount any FW devices

    thats what it says in system profiler

    FireWire Bus:
    Warning: Unable to list FireWire devices.

    question : as u said above that the logic board could break on the External Hdd, what could happen to my external DVD burner. ,

    I read somewhere that my blue screen boots the OSX for 10 min because i might be looking for fw ports, and can't find them. ( Guy go a logic board replaced) what fixed the issue. :apple:
  5. cwaniak36 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2008
    took it to apple store , motherboard needs replacement :(

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