Switched off for 2 months...

skiffy

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I've had my MacBook Pro switched off for 2 months as I've moved house and I'd misplaced the power cable. I found it today and plugged it in and it restored the page to how it was when the battery died but it wasn't charging. I turned it off and on again and now it lets me log into my profile but just doesn't load anything, so the page is just grey. The power lead light is orange.

My MBP was purchased in 2010...have I broken it? I'm worried I've lost all my pictures :/
 

awer25

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I've had my MacBook Pro switched off for 2 months as I've moved house and I'd misplaced the power cable. I found it today and plugged it in and it restored the page to how it was when the battery died but it wasn't charging. I turned it off and on again and now it lets me log into my profile but just doesn't load anything, so the page is just grey. The power lead light is orange.

My MBP was purchased in 2010...have I broken it? I'm worried I've lost all my pictures :/
Step 1: Do SMC and PRAM resets.
Step 2: Report back.
 

skiffy

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Step 1: Do SMC and PRAM resets.
Step 2: Report back.
Thanks for your help, but I've no idea how to do this. Can anyone talk me through it?

It had been on charge for a good 6 hours.
 

skiffy

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Switched off for 2 months...

Thank you. I've just tried both and neither work. I feel like a trip to the Mac store might be in order.

The battery has charged from what I can see now though. It's stayed at 98%. It lets me log in and then gives me the option of restoring my open apps, then gives me this screen...



Then the screen remains grey with an active mouse.
 

BanterClaus

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I'm worried I've lost all my pictures :/
Highly unlikely you've lost anything, I doubt this failure is related to your HDD.

But please when you get this working again do a backup to external drive or something.
 

skiffy

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I have my photos backed up partially to an EH so thankfully all is definitely not lost, but it's been a while since I did that so I know IF anything is lost, it's still a moderate loss.

I hope you're right though. Both resets haven't worked so I'll have to take it in to the mac store and get their help. It's just typical that I've done this when it's just out of it's extended warranty!

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Ok quick help please! This has just happened!



What do I do?!
 

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Looks like you booted off your install DVD or the Recovery partition if you're running a later version of OSX
 

awer25

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Thank you. I've just tried both and neither work. I feel like a trip to the Mac store might be in order.

The battery has charged from what I can see now though. It's stayed at 98%. It lets me log in and then gives me the option of restoring my open apps, then gives me this screen...

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Then the screen remains grey with an active mouse.
That happens when there is some period with no power (including none from the battery). I would think your battery is shot, although it should still boot when plugged in.
 

skiffy

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Which of the options should I choose from that menu? Have I lost all my data on the computer? (Sorry I've been at work so haven't done anything since last post)

Do I need a new battery?

Thanks
 

skiffy

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Ah ah I THINK I've fixed it. I safe booted it and it appears to be working so far. Thanks for all the advice!