virus or defect?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by robert12349, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. robert12349 macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2007
    i just got my sr mbp about a month ago. it has been working well, but recently it has been slower and has been freezing and refusing to restart on me. I know macs aren't supposed to get viruses but cant help but wonder, or it it a defect and should i return it before it is too late.
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    There are a few possibilities...

    - The system management firmware got corrupted... you can reset it (link).

    - Your hard drive has a logical issue or is failing (go to disk utility; click on the drive; first, make sure at the bottom, it says that the "SMART Status" is "verified" and then first do "repair permissions." After that's done, do "verify disk." If the verify does not conclude with a statement that the disk passed verification, boot off a system install DVD, select disk utility from the options, and then do the "repair disk" item, which you cannot do while actually booted off the disk in question).

    - You installed something or deleted something that is messing with system functioning (common ones include using Monolingual)

    - You have another hardware problem.

    I honestly would not bother putting a virus on the list. If there were a virus in the wild, you probably would not be the first and only person to know about it. ;)
  3. robert12349 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2007
    i think i might have installed or deleted something. the problems started after i installed secnd life but i deleted it and all of its components.

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