This issue has me Stumped!!!! Freezing MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Billz, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. Billz macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2007
    I fix up Apple laptops as a hobby and I bought a broken 1.83GHz MacBook Pro on eBay. The previous owner said it had a bad hard drive. Well I got it to boot up, but it would freeze in about 5 minutes or something. All that would happen would be the color wheel spinning. When I restart it, it couldn't find the hard disk drive. I'd have to wait for a while with it off, it would then find the drive. But the whole process would start all over again. I've tried switching drives, switching memory, and switching the hard drive cables. This whole thing has got me stumped. I really don't know what could be wrong. Please give me some advice on what I should do next.

    Thank you for all who reply,

  2. treblah macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2003
    Have you tried booting it off an external USB or FireWire drive with a known good install?

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