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MacBook Pro mid 2010 boots directly into sleep mode.

One night, I closed the macbook to put it to sleep and when I opened it a few minutes later, the screen didn't light up. The status light was pulsating, indicating that it was still in sleep mode. I did a hard shut down and restart, but after the chime, logo, status wheel transitioned into the desktop, the mac went into sleep mode again (x10 times of trying). I ran through resetting the PRAM, and other suggestion for resetting the SMC, tried starting in safe mode, but nothing worked. The only way I can get it to turn on is if I hold the macbook pro upside down when starting it.

I'm thinking that it has something to do with the magnetic closure not functioning properly. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!


Man... I forgot all about this.. Thanks to those who answered! Apple wanted 800.00 to replace the whole case. Yeah, I had my iPad sitting on mine when it happened.. and it even happened with my wife's recently. Now I just avoid placing anything that has magnets ((iPad!!!)) on it.

Thanks again everyone!

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This was a "known issue" at the time... seem's your's took a little longer to get narcolepsy. As stated in the article it was attributed to The Sudden Motion Sensor, overloaded virtual memory swap files, and an excess of remembered Wi-Fi networks. That your's starts when inverted might point to the SMS.

Once you have it running make a new master user account, set to log in to that. Shut down, then restart your machine. If the problem goes away it's software, not hardware related.

If the problem persists run your Hardware Test disk 2 or 3x (often running it once does not catch a problem). The AHT may give you a more accurate source for your problem.

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While the article mentioned above seems to bear some merit in this situation, I would be curious to know ANYONE's further thoughts on this.

I recently repaired a MBP mid 2010 which needed a replacement trackpad and DVD after being exposed to soy sauce. (not mine!!!) After a full tear down, clean up, the only items directly affected were the trackpad and superdrive. Logic board was not hit, and no other devices appeared affected.

After replacing the trackpad and superdrive, the unit boots up, but within about 10-15 seconds of displaying the desktop or prior it goes to sleep. pressing the power buttons wakes it up, but no screen displays and it goes right back to sleep.

I have performed the PRAM and SMC resets.

I tried booting from a CD, but with exact same results.

I booted into the apple hardware test and saw no errors on basic or advanced tests.

I have tried replacing the HD with same results.

Any feedback would be appreciated.


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It just happened to me...

The reason was that I had one MacBook resting on another, and the magnetic strip of the lower tricked the upper into thinking it was closed. The upper therefore booted directly into sleep mode.

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No crap!!! This is exactly what happened to me!!! I sat it on top of my old one, then had to poke around for an hour trying every restart command I could think of, remove the back casing, blow off some dust, put it back on, and restart it on the workbench, and VOILA. Freakin' magnets!


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Fascinating.... but in my case it was resolved by replacing the main board... thankfully I had a spare already from a another system that died of other causes... Sooo... it looks like each of us have had similar effects but different solutions required in each. Well maybe the next visitor to this discussion can take our results and resolve their own similar dilemma.

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This is more common than many people realise. I have had this for a long time on and off with my mid 2009 Macbook Pro 13-inch. Turning it upside down is the only solution I can find. I think Apple have chosen to ignore the issue even though a lot of owners have reported it to them.

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