my Macbook has flickering screen & freeze, then won't boot pass the apple logo

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by opersai, May 5, 2012.

  1. opersai, May 5, 2012
    Last edited: May 5, 2012

    opersai macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2012
    Hi Guys,

    My macbook is driving me insane now. Just recently, my macbook has occasionally flickering screen and freezes after that. Yesterday, when I was watching youtube on fullscreen, it first has flickering screen, then freezes. So I hard booted it pressing the power button. Then, when I try to restart it, it won't boot pass the apple logo no matter what.

    Here's my macbook spec
    • 2007 Summer Macbook Pro 15"
    • Snow Leopard 10.6 OS X
    • I cracked my screen once, and got a replacement, don't know if that matters.

    I've tried the following:
    1. Safe mood reboot, the progress bar goes about half, then disappears and stalls again.
    2. Booted in verbose mode but it gives a warning message:
      ' internalmodemsupport declares no kernel dependencies; using'.
    3. Booted in Single user mood, and typed fsck for disk repair. After checking said the volume Macintosh HD appears to be ok. But still won't boot pass the apple logo after restart.
    4. Boot with installation disk pressing C at startup. Success after a few try:
      • Opened Disk Utility and did disk repair (no problem found).
      • Reinstalled Snow Leopard OS X 10.6.
      • This time it booted with Finder and everything for a short while, then the screen flicker and freezes again (before I can backup anything!:mad:). Then, I can't reboot pass the apple logo again.
    5. When I try to reinstall Leopard OS X 10.5 with installation disk, the macbook seems to try to read the disk, but won't boot. I've got a CD stuck in the optical drive now.

    I've tried everything I can find online short of opening it up and send it into the oven for baking! I pray it's not a hardware problem, coz I'm no good at that. (QAQ~~~) Please help me!

    Thank you very, very, very much!!!

    ps. this is my first post. please let me know if I have missed anything.
  2. opersai thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2012
  3. blatopilot macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2011
    Sounds like hardware...Video card or logic board as a starting guess.
  4. opersai thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2012
    NOOOOOOOoooo!!! ~>__<~ I was afraid of that. orz I wouldn't know how to repair it if it's hardware.
  5. Binomio macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2012
    That sounds like the 2008 MBP 15' video problem, do a software update and make sure you get the EFI update. If after updating the system doesn't fix it, send it for repair.
    You are covered by this.
  6. opersai, May 6, 2012
    Last edited: May 6, 2012

    opersai thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2012
    Great news! Thanks for letting me know that. Though, I have a mixed problem. The macbook won't boot as well. Do you think the trouble to boot is caused by the bad video problem? The problem with booting happened after flickering/freezing.

    Thanks a million!:)

    ps. I bought my 2007 summer. Looks like it's out of coverage either way. (QAQ~~~)

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