Something Seriously Wrong: Random Shut Down, and VERY WEIRD Freezes

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by farhadtheruler, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. farhadtheruler macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2009
    So my First Generation MacBook has the following:

    1.83 Ghz
    Two 2 gigabyte Crucial SO-DIMMs DDR2 SDRAM
    320 WD Hard Drive
    Snow Leopard
    Bootcamp partition at 32 gigs. but nothing is in it.

    My computer runs at 120 to 170 degrees Farenheit
    normal is 120
    high is 170

    I got the memory upgrade when i switched to Snow Leopard :)

    Now, the problems:

    The computer shuts down. Randomly. Without Warning. Just pfffffffffft.
    The temperature is around 150-170 during those
    It will shut down no matter what i am doing

    the other problem:

    i have no idea what to call this, so since a picture tells a thousand words:



    See those bars? ya, i have no idea what that is. the computer just stops responding. no mouse functionality. no keyboard functionality. nothing.

    the only response i get is when i force shut down (press and hold the power button)

    So, any help?
  2. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
  3. farhadtheruler thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2009
    the graphics is intergrated with the CPU, i believe

    Intel GMA 950:

    Chipset Model: GMA 950
    Type: GPU
    Bus: Built-In
    VRAM (Total): 64 MB of Shared System Memory
    Vendor: Intel (0x8086)
    Device ID: 0x27a2
    Revision ID: 0x0003
    Color LCD:
    Resolution: 1280 x 800
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Built-In: Yes
    Display Connector:
    Status: No Display Connected
  4. chill. macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2008
    the graphics is integrated onto the motherboard, not the cpu

    and i would agree from the screenshots that the graphics card is dying

    looks like it is overheating and force shutting down

    a band-aid solution would be to try to keep your computer cool, maybe put it on a notebook fan cooler or use coolbook app to ramp up the fan, but your laptop is basically approaching end of life
  5. farhadtheruler thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2009
    thank you for your help. its been a good three years :(
    funny thing is that my battery is still at 98% health

    How much to fix the overheating (if posssible)?

    and, im afraid to ask, how much for the graphics problem? *crosses fingers*

    i assume you'd need to replace the entire motherboard?

    any way to make the graphics thing go strong for as long as possible?
  6. Lara F macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2005
    Montreal, Quebec
    I'm having a similar type problem - random shutdowns especially on my Windows partition, awakening to kernel panics requiring reboot, sound distortion plus stuttering (not my internet connection which is maxed) when playing videos online.

    Last week at Apple I was told it was likely the logic board and was quoted $280 out of warranty. Hope that helps give an idea and it won't be more expensive for you.
  7. nmonti macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2008
    Personally, the first thing I would do is switch out the memory and put the old chips back in just to make sure that the memory is not the root of your problem.

    Have you seen any kernel panics after installing snow leopard or the new memory?
  8. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    This is a very decent price, considering I spent not quite twice this for a new screen.

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