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danielhuw
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2008 MacBook Pro freezes up
      #1053093 - 18/06/13 11:16 AM
I've got a MacBook Pro 17" (Model A1261), 2.6 GHz, Early 2008.

After a few minutes use, the system freezes and the screen displays "digital noise". screen photo

I can restart the system by resetting the PRAM on power up. However the fault re-occurs a few minutes later. Any Ideas what the fault is? If I need a repair centre, can anyone recommend somewhere I could send it to?

Many thanks
Dan


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Re: 2008 MacBook Pro freezes up new [Re: danielhuw]
      #1053122 - 18/06/13 01:59 PM
It sounds like a hardware problem. The first step I would take is to run the Apple Hardware diagnostics. I'm not completely sure, but as far as I remember it works like: insert the original MacOS install disk, restart while holding down the "D" key on the keyboard. If that works you should get a relatively simple menu where you can choose different hardware tests...

If there are no hardware problems, I would do a clean reinstall of MacOS... lots of work...

Hope this works for you.


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danielhuw
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Re: 2008 MacBook Pro freezes up new [Re: Wimek]
      #1053163 - 18/06/13 07:32 PM
Hi Wimek. Thanks for replying. That seems like a reasonable plan. I'll give it a try.

Dan


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Re: 2008 MacBook Pro freezes up new [Re: danielhuw]
      #1053177 - 18/06/13 09:56 PM
Depending on the age of your mac, you can simply hold "D" on boot for be diagnostic mode
( unibody macs).

It sounds like logicboard / graphics / VRAM issue to me.
I'd expect it to fail a hardware test and need a new board if its displaying weirdness and freezing.

(Sorry !)


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Re: 2008 MacBook Pro freezes up new [Re: danielhuw]
      #1053192 - 19/06/13 07:38 AM
Agree with all above

It could also be the display mulfunctioning this could be tested by connecting to an external display (if you have one available).


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Re: 2008 MacBook Pro freezes up new [Re: danielhuw]
      #1053223 - 19/06/13 11:10 AM
This looks very familiar. I had a 15" of the same vintage and something very similar to this happened.

It turned out to be a known fault with the NVidia graphics chip on the logic board. Apple replaced it for free under warranty even though the machine was 3 years old. That warranty repair programme is now closed but it would be worth taking it to an Apple store for diagnosis.

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Spanky


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Re: 2008 MacBook Pro freezes up new [Re: danielhuw]
      #1053257 - 19/06/13 01:51 PM
Thanks for all those responses. I took it to a local repair centre for a diagnosis this afternoon. They ran a very quick diagnosis routine to test the graphics system, but it passed them all. I've let them keep it to run some more tests.
Dan


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