Unable to reset SMC - rPro

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  1. joshhedge macrumors regular

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    Title says it all. I can press shift, control, alt and power all day and the light on the adaptor will not flicker - alongside this I'm still getting terrible FPS in games comparatively.

    Does anyone have any ideas?
     
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  4. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Can you give the exact steps you are taking to do this? Including the state of the machine at each step.
     
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  6. joshhedge thread starter macrumors regular

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    Alrighty. So I force quit all applications, remove all plugs from the laptop and shut down - not reopening windows when I log back in. Once the machine has been fully shut down, I plug the power adapter back in and following Apples online guide, press all four keys simultaneously. Never once has the power adapter flashed nor has FPS and general system performance improved. :mad:

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    Aware of that, It's just that I'm still stuck with 'abysmal' performance.
     
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Maybe there is nothing wrong with the system for the SMC reset to fix?

    What are you using to measure the performance?
     
  8. joshhedge thread starter macrumors regular

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    System performance, UI responsiveness along with game performance prior to the EFI update. All noticeably worse, except spaces.
     
  9. ibd macrumors member

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    Then no. you'd have set it yourself. Just noting that this may cause blocking of PRAM reset and other startup key combinations.
     
  10. imperialnavy macrumors regular

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    Personally, i dont think i am experiencing any lags or whatsoever on my rmbp (2.6ghz one), but then again, i updated the EFI before even installing anything else, so i dont even know how my performance could be...

    In any case, i did just for the fun of it (maybe i do get better speed by trying it nevertheless) also reset my SMC...or so think. Just like the OP, my lights arent flashing either...even if i do it exactly like Apple tells us to for 30 times in a row...not a single time that light flashes. Is it maybe possible that certain types of rMBPs (like the high end ones) behave differently and maybe dont even experience this kind of severe throttling?
     
  11. joshhedge thread starter macrumors regular

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    Mine is also the 2.6GHz 16GB RAM model. It's interesting that you don't suffer any throttling.
     
  12. nanolife macrumors 6502

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    I also own the same machine and I'm not experiencing anything wrong with my rMBP. Everything just works great while playing BF3 or Diablo 3 on Bootcamp. I also play Portal 2 on Steam, mac version, just great. Not even a blink.

    I would bring it to a Genius otherwise.
     
  13. joshhedge thread starter macrumors regular

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    I would go to a Genius, I do have IR that I could complain about... But I don't want to play the screen lottery and get something much worse than what I have now. My FPS in TF2 has dropped quite a lot as well recently. Can I ask what your temps are like when playing these games?
     
  14. imperialnavy macrumors regular

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    While i didnt play TF2, i can tell you about my temperatures while playing Skyrim on Bootcamp (No FPS drops, getting pretty good framerates with a heavily modded Skyrim at 1920X1200, 8xAF, no AA and everything else beyond ultra (except shadows, these are modified medium/high settings))

    CPU 76-80°C (No Throttlestop, but with the processor state set to 95% in the power profiles) Fan at 5000 RPM
    GPU 65-75°C (Overclocked to 1150/3100) Fan at 3500-4000 RPM

    Games like Half Life 2 or Black Mesa as well as Portal 2 are even fully playable at Retina resolution with the same temperatures, sometimes even less, as they are a lot less intensive than Skyrim.

    Hope this helps. My suggestion : Keep trying to reset the SMC, if that doesnt work, try reinstalling the driver...or just bring the whole thing to an Apple Store..
     
  15. joshhedge thread starter macrumors regular

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    Using SMC to judge my temperatures I get around 97 average on max fans. I guess I could try a clean install.
     

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