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MacBook Pro 17" early 2008 not powering up

i brought my old macbook pro 17" early 2008 from storage to try and use it (bought new ram and ssd to install on it) however i found it wouldnt turn on. firstly i assume the battery after 10 years must be dead already (not very noticeable but bloated) so i try to boot it up from the adapter with the dead battery already removed. the magsafe light is green, and pressing the power button i hear some brief whirring and clicks (im guessing the fans and the optical drive) but it stops there. no keyboard lights, no monitor activity, no beeps. i have tried long-pressing the power button prior to attaching the magsafe adapter while continuing to press the power, then tried normal power on, but no response. any suggestions on i can do next?

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J'ai le même problème.

Mon MBP de 2008 joue à la Belle-au-bois-dormant après n'avoir pas été arrêté correctement par un jeune visiteur.

Cependant, une fois, il a redémarré pendant la nuit, tout seul comme un grand.

Je vous suggère d'aller faire un tour ici:, ils s'y connaissent.

Bonne chance!


I have the same problem.

My MBP of 2008 plays at Belle-au-bois-dormant after having not been stopped correctly by a young visitor.

However, once he restarted during the night, all alone as a great one.

I suggest you go for a ride here:, they know it.

Good luck!


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These 17" machines seem to need a bit more power to boot than a standard 15". I would start with replacing the battery.

I got one of these in yesterday with exactly the same issue. I am following my own advice. When it comes in, I will charge it up then reset the SMC.

MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261 Battery Replacement

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