Mid 2012 Macbook Pro freezes when moved

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by orosier712, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. orosier712 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2014
    Hi everyone I thought I would reach out to everyone here with the issue I'm having with my mid 2012 Macbook Pro. I have the 13 inch model with the 2.9 Ghz i7 and a 750GB HDD. I have owned this laptop just short of 2 years now and in the past few months I have noticed I am having a very serious issue. I realized that my MBP would freeze up whenever I pick up my laptop like when moving it from my lap to a desk while it is running. Now just so you know I am moving it gently so it has nothing to do with being aggressive with the laptop. Anyways I then realize that it only actually freezes when I lift it from the bottom of the case, basically directly under the keyboard right around where the RAM slots are inside the shell. Also when picking it up and this happens the screen flashes a strange almost static like image then the second I let go the weird pattern goes away. I am obviously very worried about this issue so I took it to the best Mac service places in my area called Mac Business Solutions. They had my laptop for a little while and confirmed my suspicions that it is the logic board causing all of this drama. I am debating on if I should get it repaired yet or if I should just be stuck to a desk for a while because the new logic board will cost $734.94 to be replaced. I am pretty certain that this is the issue but I was wondering if anyone else has had this issue and it turned out to be something else or if anyone on here thinks it could be something a little simpler? I just think it is absolutely insane to put almost $750 into an sub 2 year old laptop! Has anyone else seen this issue or can think of a better way to solve this issue ??
  2. meson macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2014
    There are a lot of connections to the logic board next to the ram slots. Have you checked them over to be sure none are loose, or corroded? The next thing I would look at are the ribbon cables themselves. They might be damaged, and the pressure may be shorting a cable to your case, a strong possibility. If the problem happens every time, try putting an insulating layer between the cables and your bottom case, perhaps a layer of electrical tape on your bottom case in the are. If this solves the problem, either keep it this way, or narrow down the offending cable.
  3. jimmyco2008 macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2014
    It is insane to put 3/4 of a grand into a two-year-old laptop.

    I'd sell it for parts (you should be able to get $150-300 for it even though the logic board is dying) and get a fancy Retina Display MacBook Pro.

    There's a sort of accelerometer in the MacBook that determines if the MacBook is undergoing shock (like from picking up abruptly), and it stops the hard drive until things settle down, like when you put it back down. I'd say it has something to do with that, but I'm not sure about the display anomaly...
  4. orosier712 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2014
    The guys that I had diagnose it said that its a short in the motherboard casusing it when it is touched near the ram slots, I am trying to figure out what may be causing it because I just don't wanna loose that kind of money on the laptop nor do I wanna spend that kind of money on it

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