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

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ride9650, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. 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!
     
  2. 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
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. Tommeh
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    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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    Oh yeah, i'll give that a try.
     
  6. 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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    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.
     
  8. 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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