Startup problem

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by trajan2448, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. trajan2448 macrumors member

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    My late 2011 MBP 17" is having a recurring flashing ? on cold startup. I then do startup with command option, choose internet recovery (WHICH TAKES AN HOUR) run disk utility repair , which takes a few seconds, restart choosing my MAC HD INTERNAL DRIVE, AND it works fine until the next time I turn it off. For some reason it is not seeing the internal HD on start up without this laborious process. The ONLY thing I can find out is that the logic board battery might have failed. I've also tried the PRAM/VRAM reset. Any other suggestions?
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Sounds a lot more like a dying hard drive.

    Swap in a known good hard drive in there and install OS X on it, see how that goes.
     
  3. trajan2448 thread starter macrumors member

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    Hard drive is fine. Already checked. Started up from external same prob.
     
  4. Blondie :) macrumors 6502a

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    You can take it into apple and have them give your system a test. But I do agree with you, sounds like the system battery killed over. It's happened to me in desktops before. When it happened, the thing wouldn't even get past the BIOS because it couldn't see the HDD.

    If that is your issue though, I don't think the system battery is user replaceable, is it?
     
  5. duervo macrumors 68000

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    It's not replaceable for Apple's targeted market. It is user replaceable, technically, but the average customer in their target market will not have either the tools, desire, knowledge, and/or skill to do the job.

    If it were me, I'd have them do it. I don't have the patience or desire that I once did to bother doing something like that myself. Hard drive and RAM upgrades? Fine, I can do it. Anything beyond that, though, I couldn't be bothered with.
     
  6. Blondie :) macrumors 6502a

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    Considering the amount of testing they have already done, and is already under the assumption that the logic board battery failed, I'm assuming they have the know-how of replacing a logic board battery. If it is user replaceable, sweet. I don't think it is however, due to having to play with the logic board itself.
     
  7. trajan2448 thread starter macrumors member

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    logic board issues are covered under Applecare so should be ok.
     
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