Warning to those instaling they're hard drives into they're new MBP's.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by blakediamond, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. blakediamond macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2009
    I recently sold my unibody macbook and bought a 13" MBP (before I get flammed i bought my umb refurbed and sold it for $1,000 on cl the day of wwdc. and bought a 13" mbp with an apple employee d/c for like $984 or something)

    Anyways back to the topic. I tried installing my WD Scorpio Blue 500gb HD into my new mbp. At first I though all was fine and everything was just as it was on my umb. Then I tried to watch some porn and realized there was no sound! There was a circle with a slash through it whenever I tried to turn the volume up or down. I had to do a time machine backup to the stock drive, reinstall leopard, then do a time machine restore. It was a good 2 hrs of wasted life.

    I don't know why this happened, but just happy the issue is now resolved. There is one weird thing i noticed though, when i boot up windows via bootcamp to Windows 7, there is a redlight coming out of the audio in/out port. Any suggestions?
  2. RedWings macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2009
    By swapping an HDD full of porn to your virgin MBP, you gave it the HIV virus.

    My Condolences.
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    red light coming our of the headphone port
  4. DFTU101 macrumors member

    May 16, 2008
    New MBP-no audio with new hard drive

    There have been some other messages referring to this problem. I switched out the hard drive on my new MBP with my old hard drive. Wouldn't play audio. Had to migration assistant to transfer information to new hard drive (have 2 laptops). There must be a different audio driver in the new MBP (vs the old MB/MBPs)? Bottom line, your info and files need to be transferred to the new drive with the new discs/OSX (can't just use the old hard drive with the older installed OS/disc).
  5. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    So than you are back on the small drive???

    I know my MBP is different, as it is 15" and pre-WWDC by 3 days.

    Installed the WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB with no issues at all.

    We also have a brand new 13" MBP, 3 days old .... would like to upgrade the HDD at some point.

    NOTE: The following may not apply to your notebook but only older models. I include it here only as a " possibility ".

    I think the Red Light in the Audio port may be symptom of a problem. I have read where this gets stuck ON, and they had to stick something in the port to get the internal switch to OFF.

    I think that port does Analog and Digital and the Red Light on indicates it is in Digital Mode ?????

    You could try inserting a headphone plug or a plug of the correct size in an out of that port.
  6. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    If you simply took the drive out of your old computer and put it into your new computer and turned it on, then it is perfectly understandable to see problems. Those computers have different hardware, so the only way to ensure everything works is to reinstall and use migrate assistant from a backup. that is what you eventually did so you should be ok now.
  7. blakediamond thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2009
    No, i'm still using the 500 gb. I had to erase the partion. reinstall leopard. then do a time machine backup from the stock drive.
  8. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    OK, whenever I put a new HDD into a new computer I always do a clean install of the OS.

    I use it as an excuse to 'clean house'!

    Sounds like a previous poster hit on your problem. Trying to use the old install on the new machine! ;)
  9. sneeks macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2007
    Glasgow, UK
    The red light will simply be the digital optical out having been activated.
  10. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Although some like to restore from an image, I like to do clean installs only backing up important document files. Sure reinstalling applications might be a hassle but I know for sure with a clean install I'm not prone to errors.
  11. MistaBungle macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2005
    I had a weird experience as well. I've booted and shut down numerous times but on the 6th time this happened. When I hit the power button, the apple logo popped up, and then the spinning thing below it. After a minute or so, which I thought was unusual, the apple logo changed to a circle with a slash through it.


    All is well now.
  12. audiofx macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2009
    I put my old seagate 320gb 7200 in the same moment i got my new 13". This drive came from a 15" Uni MBP. It booted up i noticed no sound also did all the OS software updates etc. Still no sound. I ended up wiping the drive with an erase and install from the leopard disk that came with new macbook. Everything has been fine except on 2 boots it gave the red circle with line through it at boot (the old folder one, that can't find start up things). Manually held power down both times and restarted to osx fine. I am happy its fast and a good screen on the 13 :)
  13. nws0291 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    Like other people stated this is normal. It's just to digital out being activated. In windows it is always on but in OSX it only turns on when you are using it.
  14. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Sure.... right.... don't you mean a buddy of yours has a Mac that this happened to... ;)

    Erm...wait... you actually admitted it was YOU watching the porn

    Sorry... my bad :eek:

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  15. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    I'm pretty sure most people are going to use a new HDD when upgrading their MBP and either restore from a time machine backup from that computer or just do a clean install.
    I bought a 13in MBP and simply installed the new HDD and installed leopard on it, no problems here.
  16. sparkie7 macrumors 68020


    Oct 17, 2008
    Your MBP sensed there was porn on the drive. Hence the red light indicator :p
  17. MacRumorsReader macrumors member


    Mar 29, 2006
    It all comes down to the unique, machine ids for each machine. So, while you can clone a replacement drive, you can't seamlessly switch one drive into another machine.

    Enjoy your porn.
  18. blakediamond thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2009
    i will :p
  19. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    I find this very interesting. I sold my 1 month old white MB and bought a refurb UMBP 2.53. Just pulled the 500GB 7200rpm Seagate from the MB and replaced the drive in the UMBP and voila both OS X and Bootcamp Vista partition worked immediately. Installed a few updates, not problems at all.

    I assumed because all the MB/UMBP use nvidia chipsets and GPU this would just work. It did for me but here are several where it did not work? I wonder if there is a difference not delineated by the nvidia chipset identifier on the most current UMBP systems released in June. Perhaps the same difference that causes 1.5/3.0 SATA issue (the fact that there is a difference at all) prevents a simple drive swap between pre June 09 systems and the latest iterations.

  20. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

    Apr 26, 2004
    vienna / austria
    it's very easy, you need the right audio driver ..:rolleyes:
  21. AreYouAMac macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2008
    Why would you even admit to watching PORN on a forum?

    Seriously, I think there should be TWO SEPARATE FORUMS FOR THE 13" MBP AND 15&17" MBP.... THIS FORUM GOT RIDICULOUS WITH "2.23 vs 2.53" "how much hard drive space in a 320gb" "watching PORN, no sound" "is the price on the Apple online store the same at the Apple retail store" - what kind of question is that?
  22. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    There's no shame on the internet.
  23. Thiol macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2008
    It's not a good idea to take a hard drive out of an old laptop and just move it to the new one. Some OS files are laptop-specific. This may cause other problems as well.

    You have to do a fresh OS install.
  24. paulyras macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2006
    Best post ever. MR forums are on fire today...
  25. ateslik macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2008
    Warning to those instaling they're hard drives into they're new MBP's.

    Warning to those installing their hard drives into their new MBP's.

    less porn. more reading. :rolleyes:

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