Somewhat of a macbook emergency

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Aegelward, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. Aegelward macrumors 6502a

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    Right now i'm facing a bit of an emergency with my macbook, in fact it is so dire it i am actually typing this with my wii (thankfully they now can have keyboards connected so typing isn't so much of a chore)

    getting to the point, i usually leave my macbook on overnight, sometimes playing music, etc. but when i checked on it this morning i found it had shut down overnight and it would not turn on.

    the specifics of the issue are that it turns on, i hear the CD drive make noises but then the system is completely blank, with the system light flashing on and off. i don't hear the mac activation noise and the display does not turn on (i dim the screen overnight, but if its turned on again it usually restores itself to the default brightnes)

    Unfortunately i am not covered by applecare, and i thinkt he warranty i got from the store i bought it from has ran out since it is a first gen macbook.

    i figure the issue must be the logicboard, and is quite possibly unfixable. but any imput would be helpful, i may be forced to get an iMac sooner than i had anticipated
     
  2. msjones macrumors 6502

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    Have you tried unplugging from the mains and removing the battery for 5 - 10 mins, this should discharge any power left in the system. This worked for me!
     
  3. Aegelward thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just tried this, removed the battery and power for half an hour and tried turning on, still the same.
     
  4. msjones macrumors 6502

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  5. krye macrumors 68000

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    reset PRAM?
    hold command + option + P + R while you power on?
     
  6. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    ^ do that. Will almost definitely solve your problem (with the MacBook anyway).
     
  7. krye macrumors 68000

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    Unless the logicboard or harddrives are toast.
     
  8. krye macrumors 68000

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    Do you get a green or orange light on the magsafe connector? Maybe the adaptor is dead and your battery isn't charged? Does the battery indicator lights indicate a charge?
     
  9. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Wouldn't be the hard drive.

    This, Logic board failure or run out of battery power is the issue. I once thought I'd completely killed my MBP but it just turned out it had run out of power... :p
     
  10. Aegelward thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i was thorough before i made the post >_>

    the battery has a full charge and the power cable displayed a green light. just attempted to reset the pram but nothing.

    the display does not even go into the boot screen, it just sits there with the display blank (in fact, the back light does not even come on, attempting to adjust the brightness does nothing), it just sits there with the white system light steadily on
     
  11. KoolStar macrumors demi-god

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    I have had a similar issue, and it turned out to be that the backlight went out. You might want to turn it on and hold a flashlight up to the apple logo on the back, this will allow the light to pass through the back of the screen and show you the center of the screen, You would be able to check to see if any thing comes up on the screen at all.
     
  12. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    No, you can only register Applecare extended warranty within the first 365 days of owning the machine.
     
  13. Aegelward thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well, i checked my receipts and i'm still covered by the department store i bought it from so i can try and claim warranty on it. if i'm lucky i could get a new madbook, heh.

    i just tried the torch trick, and nothing showed up
     
  14. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

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    this happened to me, it turned out to be my logic board had broke
     
  15. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    try

    you can boot form the CD by doing command C or command D can't remember but i did both on mine when it stopped working one doesn't do anything in boot
     
  16. ArcaneDevice macrumors 6502a

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    Did you buy it with credit card? Check your card terms for an extended warranty benefit.
     
  17. Aegelward thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    its covered by john lewis's warranty, but still, should i try to take it to apple, or is it best to go directly to JL?
     
  18. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    JL? department store? where do you live?

    I would go to apple they will be able to diagnose it quicker
     
  19. Aegelward thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well, i live nearer to birmingham, but i'm afraid that if i take it into apple they'd try to repair it themselves and charge me a fair bit, but since i'm covered by john lewis all service will be free
     
  20. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like a fried logic board to me....take it back to JL and let them sort it out, they are very good from what i hear......
     
  21. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    You dont have to get apple to repair it you can just say no thanks and i may come back if you think it costs too much or you just want another opinion
     
  22. Mord macrumors G4

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    Definitely just go to JL, they'll likely replace the machine for you, if you take it to apple they'll charge you.
     
  23. logana macrumors 65816

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    Back to JL with it - you will probably get a new machine.

    For the benefit of all the non-UK readers - JL is John Lewis a UK department store. Unlike most computer retailers they extend the 1 years "normal" guarantee to 2 years. So since the MacBooks were announced in May 2006 the OP's machine must be less than 2 years old.

    Good luck
     
  24. MacDaddy08 macrumors regular

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    You might have allready tried this but you can remove the battery and the power connector and then hold down the power buttom for 5-10 seconds. If that doesnt work then try holding down the power buttom with everything connected to see if the white lights starts flashing rapidly then release it. Try those 2 out and see if you get a response.
     

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