Multiple problems on my MBP, help :(

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  1. jereh.L, May 21, 2016
    Last edited: May 21, 2016

    jereh.L macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2016
    *MBP 13" Mid 2010
    *Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    *RAM: 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    *Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB

    OSX Yosemite: Ver 10.10.5

    (can I use html here?)

    Hello I've had multiple problems this past week, my laptop started breaking down

    1. The battery cycle count reached 1050, when it suddenly just stopped charging. Now the laptop won't work if it's not plugged in.
    Does this sort of thing really happen, where it won't charge at all and must be plugged in to be able to be used as if a desktop?

    2. The laptop has a hard time of starting up. It will load up to 1/3 of the progress bar, and then just stay there (dim lights, mouse pointer visible)
    I have to restart it over and over just hoping it will start up properly.

    3. I had a flash update request earlier, and it failed, I don't know why. This was also the first time I saw the password verification became like this:
    (screenshot from a password verification when I was installing a malware scanner)

    4. Laptop has drastically became slow and clunky....

    All this from this past week only.


    Of course I realize my laptop is practically 6 years old, but it was a hand-me-down for college.

    I currently have no intention of replacing the battery because I am planning to buy a new one preferably the latest MBP 15", in a month or two.
    But as of yet, I am stuck with this laptop. And I wish someone could help me resolve the given problems above, and/or make the laptop holdout until then.
  2. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Start off by trying to boot to Safe Mode - Among other things, this will run Disk Utility in the background (I suspect you may be having some disk issues).

    The screen shot indicates you may have font issues, and font issues may again be related to disk issues.

    The "Flash Update" could have been a scam - so running MalwareBytes for Mac is a good idea, presuming you can get the thing to finish booting.

    If you can get it booted, make a backup ASAP.

    Yes, it's possible that the battery is totally bad at this point, although the cycle count is just barely over the rated life. Go into About This Mac > System Report > Hardware > Power and see what it says about the battery condition (besides the cycle count).
  3. jereh.L thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2016

    It says 'replace now'... Aside from replacing the battery, any other fix for this without touching the hardware? I'd rather save my money for a new mbp which i'm planning to get next month or on july.
    My mom has well over 1000+ cycle count as well, but hers still work even without a charger plugged-in. I don't understand... :(
  4. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    You've chosen to focus on the battery, rather than the HDD. It's very unlikely replacing the battery is going to get the Mac to boot, so you still have some work ahead of you. Again, run Disk Utility as described above.

    Batteries are expendable. They wear out. It's like a car, or clothing... even though you can expect a certain average life from them, some people drive their cars/wear their clothing harder than others, and some samples just turn out to be better-built than others. I don't know you, I don't know your mom, so I can't say whether the way you use your computers is different, or if you just got unlucky and got a battery that wasn't quite as good as your mom's.

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