My MacBook5,2 crashes randomly. Need help with diagnosis.
My MacBook5,2 (late 2009, Core2 Duo 2.13GHz, NVIDIA platform) crashes without clearly discernible cause.
In normal operation crashes occur randomly, usually within 3hrs after reboot, independent of load. Resetting SMC and NVRAM (via Option-Command-P-R) didn't help.
The funny part: Apple Hardware Test causes reproducible crashes, at the end of extended testing (progress bar nearly full, message says "test results", mouse pointer frozen, only power button helps). The quick test passes w/o any issues.
Also, I'm putting off backlight inverter&wiring replacement for about 3 months now (light goes on only after finding the "sweet spot"). (I replaced the LCD panel 2yrs ago, so I'm quite familiar with the device's internals.)
Q1: What's the cause of this? Did somebody encounter this behavior?
Q2: Could the issues (crashes+inverter) be interrelated?
Thanks a lot!
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