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OMFG! When it Rains

It pours.

It looks like my old MacBookPro (from 2007) might be giving up the ghost. It's been running exceedingly hot lately. Hot enough it shut down once or twice. Got a usb cooler under it, buuuuuuuut… I've just had to do a reboot and now it seems it will not restart.

Not quite sure what the Hell is going on around here, but I have to admit, I'm starting to get a little nervous.

I've shut it down to let it cool off a bit and will try again later.

I don't think it will break my heart if it dies. Sure, I'll be upset. It's been my workhorse computer for quite some time. Made mods to it over the years. I put one of those hybrid hard drives in it a couple years ago. It boots really fast, 45 seconds or less usually, so I KNOW something is seriously wrong here.

Cracked the display on it a year or so back and that has been progressing towards un-usability. I was going to replace the LCD after I got a job, but if the thing is croaking anyway, well pfffffft!

I'll yank the drive and maybe put it in my MacMini or use it as a backup drive. Wait. What?!



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Nov. 13th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
And that's with Mercury direct. (To take an astrological detour.)
In other words, EGADS!

It's great that you can keep cool about it.
Nov. 13th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
It did restart. I let it sit for an hour or so, powered down. Seems okay now. It is the machine I put Mavericks on. Still haven't updated my desktop. Seems stable enough, but the closer OS X gets to looking like iOS, the less I like it.

What's the point of getting upset about it? No way I can do anything till I've got money coming in. Soooooooo.

Still got my desktop Mini. And a Win7 ThinkPad for portability. S'cool. For now.

More concerned about the media files I am going to have to recover than anything else.
Nov. 13th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the cooling fan stopped working.
Nov. 14th, 2013 05:28 am (UTC)
I think it is intermittent as of this red hot moment. I'll power it down when I'm not using it, rather than just letting it sleep. I have had to reboot the thing more in the last two weeks than I have in the previous 2 YEARS! I'm thinking it's days are numbered.
Nov. 14th, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
I looked it up and overheating is a VERY common problem with the MacBookPro. I thought, like with a laptop or PC, it would be the cooling fan going out, but it turns out that isn't. It is a design flaw.

Download smcFanControl from:
or from Cnet. Set your fan minimum speed to a higher value and it should run much cooler.

I hope this helps. :)
Nov. 14th, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
Yep. It always ran a bit warm. But it's gotten hotter as it has gotten older. I for instance, would NOT sit with the bottom of the thing anywhere near my lap. *if you know what i mean*

And thanks for the link. Next time I power it up, that will be the 2d stop I make.
Nov. 14th, 2013 06:56 am (UTC)
Good luck with that, Amigo. When drives start acting up, that is a bad sign. Good for you to make a backup of things.
Been there, done that, just in time.
Nov. 14th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
This drive in this one isn't dieing just yet. See previous 2 posts. Haven't resolved that yet. But I have a plan. And hardware. Need a piece of SW though. Reading up on senuti.

Edited at 2013-11-14 06:19 pm (UTC)
Nov. 15th, 2013 04:53 am (UTC)
Plans are good! :)
Nov. 14th, 2013 11:08 am (UTC)
Oh, no!

I think I remember you making adjustments to this one over the years.
Nov. 14th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
I know I wrote about it in the past. And probably will again. Unless the bugger croaks on me.
Nov. 17th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
Technology doesn't seem to be playing ball with you right now!
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