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macbook pro won't turn on

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#1 kershawh


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 04:36 PM

I have a 2008 Macbook Pro running recently installed Snow Leopard. Everything has been running smoothly until this evening when it decided to turn itself off.
I have done PRAM and SPC resets -- no response

When I try to restart, it whirrs for a second the sleep light comes on momentarily then there is a clicking sound and nothing at all on the screen and it shuts down.

The green light on the mains adapter is lit.
Does this sound like a hardware problem or is it something else. I would really appreciate some help with this problem.

Thanks in anticipation

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#2 kershawh

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 04:41 PM

Should read SMC

#3 Buddyme2


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 05:01 PM

Run the Apple Hardware Test. It sound like a hardware problem.

#4 tgdetjen


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Posted 16 August 2013 - 08:37 PM

It sounds like a hardware problem.  


1 - Hit the power button

2 - Insert your Application install DVD that came with your MacBook Pro (it should insert)

3 - Hold down the "D" key.

4 - The hardware test should come on the screen.

5 - Run the extended version of the hardware test. (It will probably take at least one hour and maybe longer.)

6 - Write down the results (codes and such.)

7 - Call your nearest authorized repair center or call Apple (1-800-MYAPPLE).  If you call Apple, you might have to pay their $19 fee, but it is worth it.

8 - Give them the codes


Your hard drive might have crashed.  If so, I hope you have a backup with Time Machine.

It might be another hardware problem and in that case your hard drive should be safe.


Good luck.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 05:43 PM

Clicking sounds usually do indicate a hard drive issue.

As others have suggested, you could try the Apple hardware test.

#6 songcarolyn


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Posted 12 February 2014 - 09:42 AM

I think it is the problem with the Hard disk.

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