Unibody 17" stuck after trying to wake from sleep, can't even force it off!

Ride9650

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I'm in a bit of a pickle.. I just tried to go and use my computer. I wake it and once my desktop pops up , I notice a strange black flash, now the screen is dark and the only sign of life is the sleep indicator light which is staying lit.
Nothing is responding

I tried holding down the power button, but for some reason I can't force it off,
does anyone have any idea as to what else I could do to get it turned off?


No drops, no spills nothing!
 

Ride9650

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success!

I don't know why or how, but suddenly, the power button was able to get the computer off.

I'm seriously confused cause I was holding it a good 10-12 sec, earlier
it just powered off in about 3....

Oh well, hopefully it won't happen again

mods please delete this thread
 
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AppleNewton

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i would do a hardware test with the Restore discs that came with the computer.

could be an issue with the memory or harddrive possibly, dont want to take any chances.

as it is a bit of an odd issue to pop up like that, esp from sleep.
 
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Tommeh

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i would do a hardware test with the Restore discs that came with the computer.

could be an issue with the memory or harddrive possibly, dont want to take any chances.

as it is a bit of an odd issue to pop up like that, esp from sleep.
Just for the record : These days you don't need the restore discs for this, just hold the 'd' key when booting your Mac.
 
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justaregularjoe

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I was gonna post "remove the battery"...

...but I forgot that all of Apple's battery's are kick ass with super high capacities that can last you 8 hours. Oops. Glad I remembered that one.

:D

<3 :apple: forever.
 
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AppleNewton

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I was gonna post "remove the battery"...

...but I forgot that all of Apple's battery's are kick ass with super high capacities that can last you 8 hours. Oops. Glad I remembered that one.

:D

<3 :apple: forever.
Hah yeah, to do that same procedure on the newer built-in battery models, Apple says to:

MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (Late 2008 and later)

1. If the computer is on, turn it off by choosing Shutdown from the Apple () menu.
2. Connect the power adapter to a working power source.
3. On the built-in keyboard, press (left) Shift-Control-Option along with the power button once.
4. Wait 5 seconds and press the power button to start the computer.
 
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sjinsjca

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Could be an errant cosmic ray made things go fluky and may never recur.

On the other hand... I hope you've backed up recently. Now's no time for complacency.

If your 17" is an older model with a removable battery and this recurs, try removing the battery and leave it out for a few minutes (with no power adapter attached). Reinstall the batter, then try again.

Is it in warranty? Applecare? If so, consult with Apple.
 
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