Unable to reset SMC - rPro

joshhedge

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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?
 

calderone

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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.
 

joshhedge

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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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http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3964?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

Note: The LED on the MagSafe power adapter MAY change states or temporarily turn off when you reset the SMC.
Aware of that, It's just that I'm still stuck with 'abysmal' performance.
 

T5BRICK

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Aug 3, 2006
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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:
Maybe there is nothing wrong with the system for the SMC reset to fix?

What are you using to measure the performance?
 

joshhedge

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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?
System performance, UI responsiveness along with game performance prior to the EFI update. All noticeably worse, except spaces.
 

imperialnavy

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Jul 22, 2009
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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?
 

joshhedge

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Sep 23, 2012
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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?
Mine is also the 2.6GHz 16GB RAM model. It's interesting that you don't suffer any throttling.
 

nanolife

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

joshhedge

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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.
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?
 

imperialnavy

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Jul 22, 2009
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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..
 

joshhedge

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Sep 23, 2012
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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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