Mid 2010 Model A1278 / 2.4 or 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Did a forced restart and after that it failed to start!

I bought my MBP last year Sept 2010. I choose an older model as the new graphic cards wouldn´t be compatible with my version of FCP and I can´t afford to upgrade. However, I installed more RAM in the shop (authorised Apple retailer) to max it and from then on it was hot sapping alot of CPU whilst on. I´ve tried to monitor the heat problem by turning off ADOBEresourcesynchronizer, as this seemed to be the most problematic.

Recently I´ve watched a lot of lessons on Youtube on electronics and yesterday it started crashing the video. The computer got hot and CPU was high-without Adobe running. I tried and turn off the things one by one in Activity monitor without CPU changing. Then I closed the internet and did a forced restart. That´s when it happened, the apple logo and wheel of death appeared. I switched off and on -same again. I´ve done the Safeboot without success, the Pram, basically all except for installation disc-as I haven´t got it here (am on a residency in a foreign country). I have done the extended AHT and it declares no problem with harddrive nor RAM. And of course, I haven´t backed up all stuff....Once I get hold of a firewire I shall try the T-boot and see if I can access the drive from there, but am loosing hope. I really start and despise Apple for forcing this Entropy on to it´s customers. 1300 pounds is not cheap for 1 year+2 months usage. Can anyone help?

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I am still quite desperate for some help? After reading lot of peoples request I realise that the MBP Unibody that seemed like a good option (solid state) actually is the opposite when things goes wrong. And equally the over heating, drawing lot of CPU and battery problems seem to be a unifying issue.

Still, anyone with any ideas?


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Hi, Two steps I would recommend to begin with

1.open your computer according to the guide (link provided) and remove/clean/re-install your fan.

2. remove one of you memory sticks as the max memory may be the cause of the overheating.

If these two steps clear your problem you will have to decide if your performance is affected enough to re-install the other memory stick.

Azrudin's advice about not blocking vents is a good one and I have found laptop coolers to be helpful also. Good luck.

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Repair

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Thanks both, the problem has been there since it was new, i.e. running high cpu power-getting hot. I do use a laptop cooler already. And as I am far far away from home-typically, my discs and initial RAM is in another country. It should be fine tho, and actually it was advised to max the RAM for it to work better-so I don´t understand why that would then cause it to overheat?

Anyhow, thanks again. I just think that Apple is consistently making worse machines forcing people into this circle which is ludicrous considering the price tags these computers have. Also, I don´t overuse my machine, I always use it on a table, and so on. I´ve used it a lot recently but like I said, it´s only 1 year and 2 months old. Oh one other thing, when running the AHT there is no recognition of bad or malfunctioning Hardware OR RAM. Can it still be the THANKS


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Hi it looks like the overheating cause the crashing and might short circuit the board, so if you can power on your macbook then use a laptop cooler under the MB to cool it down, avoid using on the bed, lap or anything that will block the vents, allow no blockage in the vents and it will most probably help with the overheating.

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