Random shutdowns?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by NavySEAL6, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. NavySEAL6 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2006
    Ive been experiencing multiple shut downs, particularly while streaming video from the internet. I think it may be overheating..anyone else have this problem? Running a MBP 2.16CD with snow leopard

    Also, I'd like to add I just experienced something weird. It was a shutdown, but it was like a shadow melting over the screen, then it said you must restart the computer in a few different languages. What's that about?
  2. firewater macrumors regular

    May 22, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
  3. scottness macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2009
    Room 101
    You need to provide more details about your MBP... like ram, graphics, etc.
  4. NavySEAL6 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2006
    Its not an 8600GT problem because my computer is running with the Radeon x1600 256MB. And my ram is maxed out at 2GB so no luck there. Also, that melting restart screen is making me feel a hardware failure is imminent..any other suggestions? I have a second GB stick of ram in it, crucial ram, could that have just gone bad? Also I jus switched the HD, but haven't had any problems with it..could those be causes?
  5. wbgordon macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2009
    In my case it's an early 2008 MacBook Pro I'm considering buying. The seller says it does it every so often and that the unit hasn't overheated or had water spilled on it. Also, the unit has 4 GB of RAM, so that can't the issue.
  6. mperkins37 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Every time I get the Kernel panic, (what you describes as multi language shutdown) it has been associated with a logic board problem.
  7. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    Download smcFanControl and post back the last temp before failure. This sounds like an overheating issue to me. It is most likely not RAM related.

    Also, try this: Boot from the Apple Hardware Test disk that came with your computer and run tests.
  8. NavySEAL6 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2006
    I'm gonna try the Apple Hardware Test a little later when I have time, and I'll post results.

    Now, yes this is a fairly old MBP, but if this logic board is messed up that makes for 2 battery replacements and 2 logic board repairs. Do you think there's any possibility of Apple doing something for me like giving me a new computer, or a discount on a new one? I heard a lot of stories about people having this many problems and getting swapped out with brand new up to date computers.

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