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R G Jun 11, 2009, 07:07pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello.

Yesterday night my Macbook Pro "about 1 year old" ran out of battery life while in a 3D program.Soo the screen just went blank.
I inserted the charger and after about 30 minutes nothing happend.
Soo I switched it of with the button since the Control+command+"powerbutton" didnt restart the comp.
When i switched it on again the screen just stayed blank and the little light would come on and then go dim and remain dim and nothing els would happen.
Could someone please help me.


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Adam Kolak Jun 11, 2009, 07:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: MacBook Pro dead please help!
So your not getting any output to the display at all?

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R G Jun 11, 2009, 07:20pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Nope nothing.
Not even that dull sound or the grey screen.
Just black!

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I'm not too familiar with the MacBook Pro, but I'm guessing the sound it makes on boot up is similar to the POST (Power On Self Test) that a PC does. It probably makes that sound when the system thinks that everything is properly working, so something causing it to fail that. Sounds like either the display is not getting any input from the graphics processor or it could be the display itself that has the problem. Try hooking it up to an external monitor see if you get anything to show up on that display. Do you hear the Hard Drive spin up at all?

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R G Jun 11, 2009, 08:05pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey.

No theres no sound at all really and no hard drive sound either.
I have tried the screen idea bit no luck stil the same thing.
I think if the HD crashed it would have still switched on and at least get past the Gray screen.

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Actually when I was helping a friend with a MacBook, we took out the hard drive at one point and booted it up and it did show the white screen, and then tried to find the hard drive and when it couldn't it displayed some sort of icon with a "?" on it, if I remember correctly. So yes, you should get something to show up on the display even if the Hard Drive is faulty or dead. So the LCD display itself or the graphics unit must be messed up in some way. Could be something as simple as the wire inside that connects the LCD display to the graphics card got disconnected or it could be serious hardware failure of the graphics unit itself or possibly the LCD is just dead.

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Shawn Langley Jun 12, 2009, 05:07am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Id be taking the battery off and trying to power only from the mains, also when you power on can you use the caps lock key and the light on it to function as in does it go on and off if you press it? or does it remain off as if the mac was off?

Also reset the PRAM and PMU its saved mine a few times with similar symptoms....but you will need look up the instructions for your specific model on how to do this as it varies

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1431
A pointer in the right direction

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R G Jun 12, 2009, 05:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yea I have already done the PRAM thing the but nothing seems to happen.
Ive been doing all kinds of test and stuff.
The Caps lock unfortunately stays off when pressed....sigh
Im so fed up with this!
I have 2 of them and both keep on giving me so much crap!

I think my MotherBoard fried although I dont really see how that will happen because of a dead battery?
The battery is fully charged now though.

Shawn Langley Jun 12, 2009, 05:46am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Ouch....I hate to say but if that didn't work then it doesn't sound too healthy for the poor fella.....I agree though a flat battery shouldn't cause any real damage even if the harddrive had somehow damaged itself it should at least boot to the firmware....... what happens if you try boot without a battery even connected?

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R G Jun 12, 2009, 05:53am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Actually since it went on stand by cause of a flat battery I thought about it first thing.
Took the battery out and yea nothing happens.
Does anybody know what it means if the led light just goes dim?
Isnt that similar to beeps you hear from a normal comp?

Its funny...I saw this add where they ripped of Windows pc`s cause it hangs allot. They also said that Mac`s never hang"freeze".
Well at least Windows comps manage to switch on again.
More sophisticated = More problems!

Dave Jun 12, 2009, 08:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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That's why you don't believe any of the crap Apple comes out with.

Sam J Apr 02, 2011, 04:50pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Please help i have a macbook pro that dose not turn on the batt charges and the led indectors show that, there is no start up sounds of any drives nothing, i left it on with out the mains cable n now nothing ??? Can any one help ?

~Vel Apr 02, 2011, 05:22pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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If it was the hard drive then the laptop would at least boot up, same if it were the RAM. It sounds like some part your logic board is busted. You could get a replacement one from iFixit but they run at about $600+ a piece. Taking the laptop into Apple to be fixed would cost even more. It's up to you to determine if it's worth fixing or if you should get a new one. Your hard drive is likely still useable so I wouldn't get rid of that if you need data from it.

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Could be the I/O board or the mainboard, or the power cable that connects between them


john albrich Apr 02, 2011, 07:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Sam J said:
Please help i have a macbook pro that dose not turn on the batt charges and the led indectors show that, there is no start up sounds of any drives nothing, i left it on with out the mains cable n now nothing ??? Can any one help ?


I do not clearly understand your statement, "...and the led indectors show that"

What exactly does EACH LED indicator show?
Does the AC power LED light up and stay on when the AC adapter is plugged-in to the computer?
Does the power LED light up and stay on, flicker, or never light up when you turn on the computer?
Does the hard drive activity LED stay on, flicker, or never light up when you turn on the computer?
Is there a battery charge level/status LED(s)? If so, what does it/they do?
Same question for any other LEDs that I don't mention (e.g. network activity LED, etc?)

Have you verified the AC adapter still provides the proper voltage to the computer while it is running the computer AND while it is charging the computer?

Have you measured the voltage output(s) of the DC battery while it is removed from the MacBook? (Some notebooks do not work even on AC power unless the battery is healthy and charged...and it is possible that discharging the battery damaged the battery or it is now too old* to hold a charge/provide the correct voltage after charging.)
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"too old*" can mean the battery is literally too chronologically old, OR that the number of times the battery can be charged/re-charged has been exceeded. These depend on the battery specifications.

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john albrich said:
Sam J said:
Please help i have a macbook pro that dose not turn on the batt charges and the led indectors show that, there is no start up sounds of any drives nothing, i left it on with out the mains cable n now nothing ??? Can any one help ?


I do not clearly understand your statement, "...and the led indectors show that"

What exactly does EACH LED indicator show?
Does the AC power LED light up and stay on when the AC adapter is plugged-in to the computer?
Does the power LED light up and stay on, flicker, or never light up when you turn on the computer?
Does the hard drive activity LED stay on, flicker, or never light up when you turn on the computer?
Is there a battery charge level/status LED(s)? If so, what does it/they do?
Same question for any other LEDs that I don't mention (e.g. network activity LED, etc?)

Have you verified the AC adapter still provides the proper voltage to the computer while it is running the computer AND while it is charging the computer?

Have you measured the voltage output(s) of the DC battery while it is removed from the MacBook? (Some notebooks do not work even on AC power unless the battery is healthy and charged...and it is possible that discharging the battery damaged the battery or it is now too old* to hold a charge/provide the correct voltage after charging.)
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"too old*" can mean the battery is literally too chronologically old, OR that the number of times the battery can be charged/re-charged has been exceeded. These depend on the battery specifications.


The only LED indicators on MBPs are a set of 8 green LEDs next to a battery life indicator (which I think he's talking about), the webcam LED, and the sleep LED on the front of the laptop. There is no power LED, hard drive activity LED, or network LED.

This did get me to thinking though, Sam J, do you hear any noise from the laptop when you try powering it on or off? Like a hard drive humming or a fan or the optical drive doing a check? If so it may actually be your display that went out.

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Sam J Apr 03, 2011, 05:14am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi there is no sound of any drive spinning up or anything the batt seems to charge judging buy the green LEDs i think its prob the logic board ? Iv got an app with the genius bar at 11:20 :0/

Sam J Apr 03, 2011, 05:19am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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No activity lights light up only the batt indecator when pushed !

~Vel Apr 03, 2011, 05:23am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yeah, sounds like the logic board. Good luck at the Apple Store, I hope you're under warranty!

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Sam J Apr 03, 2011, 05:42am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: MacBook Pro dead please help!
Its over 2 years old lol.... Any one know where i can get a logic brd cheaper in the uk ?

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>> Re: MacBook Pro dead please help!

Are there key lock status LED indicators? If so, something else to verify would be that pressing CapsLock, NumLock, and/or ScrollLock do or do not change the LED state. IF the LEDs are mounted on the system (AND not located within the keys themselves in a modular self-contained keyboard where these LEDs are not controlled via feedback from the motherboard) then it's possible that working "key lock status" LEDs would indicate the "logic" board is still working.

I just find it a bit of an highly unusual coincidence that simply running the computer until the battery ran down damaged the motherboard...and think it's a bit premature to blame the motherboard. (edit to add: unless your original assumption was wrong and the computer actually failed at that time. Not because the battery was depleted.)

But for all I know...since your MacBook Pro apparently doesn't have some of those other LEDs commonly found on "PC" computers, it also doesn't have any "lockable" keys.


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