MacBook Pro :: 15-inch Early 2008 Time Machine Failures?
May 22, 2012
OSX Lion 10.7.4 Time Machine recently started randomly failing, so I swapped out the external hard drive and failures continue. I'm wondering if its software or maybe the USB ports failing at this point.
Logs look like below (when it works):
5/22/2012 2:57:54.360 PM com.apple.backupd: Starting standard backup
5/22/2012 2:57:54.943 PM com.apple.backupd: Backing up to: /Volumes/MBBackup/Backups.backupdb
5/22/2012 2:57:58.000 PM kernel: disk2s1: device is not ready.
MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.7.3)
Running a 10.6.8 OS on a 2.66 intel machine. I have been using a Western Digital 1TB basic desktop external drive as my Time Machine fpr the last year. It is USB2. I have found that every few months (sometimes 2) it would not back up nor could I go back in time, there are references to Node branch or tree failures, so I end up reformating using disc utility (mac OS extended Journaled Guid) and starting a new back up luckily this hasn't happened when I really needed lost files. Interestingly this happened again a couple of days ago. Over the last week I have been doing a lot of imaging files. When it started to do a backup it seemed to take a long time to do the preparing phase (cursor clicking on Time machine icon on top bar). After searching online about the length of time it should take I decided that perhaps it was my fault, that I hadn't allowed previous backups to complete properly and I had added a lot of new files. So wait I did, after 24 hours it was still saying preparing and the count was going up very slowly. I decided to give up and start from scratch again but this time no matter what I with Disk Utility I couldn't repair or reformat it stated things like Bad parent directory hierarchy. I now had a drive I couldn't do anything with. I went to the Western Digital website and downloaded their WD Quick Formatter for Mac. This dosn't give any formatting options and only formats to OS Extended Journaled Guid (lucky for me). It worked very quickly and I started a new backup. It only took a little over 2 hours for 160gb of data which is certainly the fastest it has ever done. So fingers crossed this time, maybe there is an issue with my Disk Utlity and WD drives.
I DREAD having to restart my Mac. Because every time I get met by a Time Machine 'unable to write' fault. And you can't reformat the disc (can't unmount) with disc utility. (even unmounting with Terminal, and stopping indexing with Terminal, both of which fail)
The only way is to plug the Time Machine disc into a Windows PC and reformat with that.
I have been having problems with my Mac Pro for the last few days. When I am not encoding or downloading anything for the night, I usually turn it off. Recently though, if I turn it off, and then turn it on the next evening (around 16 hours later) then it will not turn on right away, and by that I mean that the fans turn on, I see the little white light turn on, but I don't hear the startup chime, the lights don't turn on on my logitech keyboard, and my screen stays black, the monitor itself not detecting any signal.
It may take up to 20 minutes of pressing the power button and turning it on and off until I hear the startup chime and see the apple on screen, but then it usually resets itself once and then it loads up to mac os. Once the Mac Pro has been turned on once though, I can turn it on and off without any problems it seems.
I just don't understand why this would be happening. One thing I thought was that we had an electrical outage a few days ago but all my other computers were fine and I am using a special bar to connect my stuff to make sure that when there is an electrical outage, no damage is done to my computers. The weird part is that the problems started appearing on the next day so I was wondering if that could have affected my computer and how.
I currently have a 13 inch MBP early 2011 notebook that has a fan running constantly. The fans are not making horrendous noises indicating that the fan is broken or that a foreign object is bouncing around in my computer, but more so you can just hear the fans operating especially in a quiet room. The sound is very soft but in a dead silent room you can hear it working, you can even make out the sound even while typing. I am pretty sure my computer isn't broken, nor have I downloaded anything I am not supposed to that would allow my fans to make the noise. I bought this computer on the 26th of December and all I am using it for is simply MS word and logic pro 9. I uninstalled logic pro 9 a month ago due to my family buying an iMac and even then I can still hear the fan moving. I am curious as to what you all think, I may just bring it into the Apple store because it's quite frustrating having to write a paper and all you can hear is the sound of the fan working. My fans are running at 2000rpm and my research tells me that that number is normal.
I have an early 2010 MBP (13 inch) whose RAM I upgraded to 8GB and the hard drive I upgraded to 750GB.Ever since I installed OSX Lion it takes ages to boot up (far slower than Snow Leopard which booted up almost instantly from turn on).Furthermore, when running, it gets very hot when running Windows virtualisation software inside OSX (VMWare Fusion 4/Parallels Desktop 6/7 - same results) and the fans turn on and become noticeabley loud.The machine is still under Applecare Warranty, is there anything I can do myself to resolve this, especially the heat/noisy fans?Is it due to having to work harder to virtualise Windows inside OSX and so run both systems concurrently, thus requiring more resources?
My trackpad suddenly stopped working well more precisely is being erratic. When I move my finger across the pad the pointer is not moving and when it does move there seems to be a lag. The gestures are not working properly etc and the pointer would move on its own not by much but a little bit. I have tried SMC and PRAM and that has not helped. I attached an external mouse and was having problems with moving the pointer, however when I selected disable trackpad when external mouse is attached the external mouse worked just fine. All of my software is up todate I am running OSX 10.6.8. I hope I do not have to get another track pad the laptop is about 7 months old and I have an apple care plan but I am out of the US for the next couple of months so I am looking for fix I can do myself.
Info: MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
I do a ton of video editing (Final Cut Pro) and music production (Logic Pro) as well as photography and the 350G hard drive is killing me. Can I install a larger capacity drive? If so, how do I install the new OS?
i need to buy a new battery for my MacBook Pro, just wondering if anyone has any experiences of longer lasting batteries?also anyone know any trusted places to buy from that are cheaper than the 99 charge by apple?
My 2008 aluminum MBP 15" is not letting the express card stay in. It won't stay and after search for answers to questions, want to open it and check out the express slot for myself. Done quite a bit of my own work before(Like replacing memory slots), but like to know what something is going to look like before going in.
My superdrive does not burn DVD's regardless of media or application. It fails every time. It reads but doesn't write. Firmware is up to date. I've used Toast, iDVD and Disk Utility. No luck. My AppleCare has expired so looking for an external DVD drive. Will the MacBook Air Superdrive work on my old MacBook Pro running 10.7.3?
Info: MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), iPhone 4, Adobe Suite, Epson
I tried to update my Early 2008 white MacBook from OS X 10.5.8 to OS X 10.6. It seemed to be running well. It restarted and went to the white apple screen with the spinning wheel. I let it go for about two hours and nothing happened.
I have a 15 inch early 2008 MBP that the screen will not turn on. When i power on, the hard drive makes a sound that its turning on, but then nothing happens, there is just a black screen. The indication light is on, but again, nothing on the screen. I have tried pulling out the battery, resetting everything i can reset, but still nothing.
My gf is using a white macbook 13'' early 2008 with the following specs:
2.4ghz intel core 2 duo 4gb ddr2 ram (667mhz) WD 500GB 5400rpm Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard
switched on her macbook and then typed in her password (no caps and caps are not switched on either) and then hit login and then screen turn light blue for a few seconds and then i'm back at the login box again. Typed in password again, the same thing happened i tried resetting the passowrd through the installation disk of snow leopard(she only has 1 hardisk with her account, no partitions).And then it gave me a dialog box saying:Password Saved?The password you entered has been saved for the user xxxx. Resetting a user's password does not change the password for the user's login keychain so it will not be unlocked automatically.
Use Keychain Access to reset the password for the user's login keychain I have no idea what's the Keychain Access since i can't even get pass the login box. So i just click ok, restart the macbook and then entered the new password. And the same thing happened. Should i restore frm my TimeMachine or do a Repair Disk?
A few months back, my old reliable MacBook Pro (early 2008) started behaving oddly. Have no idea why, but went to start it up one day, and it took forever to start up and get me to the login screen. Been like that ever since. Occassionally, when I finally get to the login screen, the keyboard will not function. After a few minutes though, it always works. This only happens about 5% of the time. Once I log in, everything about the computer from a performance perspective seems to be pretty normal In addition to the slow start up, however, system gets extremely hot at the top of the keyboard, near the monitor. Fans run fast almost all the time when the system is powered on, and often when it is 'asleep'. CPU Temp goes to about 170, and the fans are always between 2400 and 3500.
I took it to Apple a while back, and based on the incredibly slow start up time they believed it was a disk issue. I went ahead and purchased a 500GB internal drive and this past weekend used SuperDuper to copy the original boot disk. All went well and I now have a new internal disk. At the same time, I upgrade the RAM from 2GB to 4GB.
After all that, the system is still very slow at startup and runs as hot as it did before. I will say, it does seem to be slightly faster on the startup, but not what I had become accustomed to for the first 4 years of use. I looked at the activity monitor and don't see any processes hogging resources. No anti-virus software running.Currently running Mac OSX 10.6.8 My battery is pretty muc shot, but I never really use the system unplugged.
Info: MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Upgraded disk and memory
I left my laptop on in my room while I went to the bathroom, and when I came out, I saw the message that told me I must restart the computer. The message froze the computer, so I shut it off by holding the power button and tried to turn it back on again, but it only boots to a black screen. I don't hear the loud hard drive noise, but I hear the fans. Without AC power but with the charged battery, the computer shuts down after a few seconds. The light on the button that opens the lid is dim-to-none when the lid is open and bright when the lid is closed.
I tried many troubleshooting methods discussed on this site, like removing and reseating the RAM and draining the battery, along with the things that the Apple website suggested, like resetting the SMC and PRAM, but nothing works.
I brought the computer into an Apple Store, and after the NVIDIA test was negative, the technician told me that the problem is most likely the logic board. I also took the computer into an Apple Authorized Service Provider, and the technician there said it could be the logic board, hard drive, or boot connector. He also said that there is a very slight chance that the graphics card could have caused the logic board to fail. He tried my computer with another battery and concluded that it's not the battery's fault.
The Apple Store is charging me about $330 for a flat-rate repair. Should I troubleshoot further using suggestions you may have or pay Apple for repairs? If I decide to have Apple repair my laptop, do I need to take it back into the store to pay the repair charges, or can I do it over the phone and mail the computer to Apple?
I tried restarting my MacBook (2.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, early 2008 model) today. But when it turned back on it would just shut off and automatically try restarting. It did this over and over again until I just pulled the battery so it would stop. It wouldn't even let me do a force turn off. It would just start up, shut down, start up, shut down over and over again.
My trackpad/computer sometimes just freezes out of the blue.. I move my cursor around click.. and sometimes just freezes and i either have to put it to sleep by putting down the lid.. and reopen it or hold the power to reset. or just start pressing random buttons and after about a few minutes or so.. it'll start working again..
open the kext (Show Package Contents), then go to Contents, then open Info.plist (I usually open it in Property List Editor that comes with Xcode Tools (comes on the OS X Install discs). If it opens in Property List Editor, then do the following: Go to IOKitPersonalities and open it On all the sections begining with WSTrackpad*3 (like WSTrackpadISO3) scroll down until you get "TrackpadThreeFingerDrag". Copy that line (it should have a tick next to it).
Does Apple provide replacement batteries for out of warranty early 2008 Macbooks? Just wondering as my old MacBook is giving a "replace soon" or similar message under the battery status also would it be worth the cost to replace it considering its age?
Info: MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.3), White plastic early 2008 model
I was using Pages while transferring documents to my thumb drive in the background. The display and keyboard went dark. I pressed power, pressed and help power, no result. I disconnected the magsafe and battery, waited, pressed power, still no result. My MacBook was sitting on a wood tabletop and not unusually warm. At first, I thought it was the power supply module, but after googling there are reports of CPUs failing. Some were under warranty and others were not despite the age.
For about two weeks I've noticed green vertical stripes appearing on my early 2008 MacBook Pro. As you can see the photo below, it doesn't completely obscure content on the screen. The problem is also transient. It appears, sometimes as a flash, then disappears. In the picture below, the issue continued for longer than ever before (about 1 min). Is my video card about to die? Could this be a bad connection?