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 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    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 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007

    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 macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    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 macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2009
    Just for the record : These days you don't need the restore discs for this, just hold the 'd' key when booting your Mac.
  5. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    Oh yeah, i'll give that a try.
  6. justaregularjoe macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2008
    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.


    <3 :apple: forever.
  7. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    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 macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2008
    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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