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  • Answer to: Hardware battery indicator button is lame

    Check bay, that's where I had to buy mine. It was around $30 shipped. Just make sure it's for your model, as mine is for the 2008 15" mbp. Couldn't find it on here or anywhere but eBay.
  • Answer to: HDD sluggish, fixing permissions does not work.

    +1 for disk warrior, Ive used it several times, great tool. Try everything Mayer suggested first. If all the above suggestions are tried and the issue still persists, perhaps the smc could be reset? I once had an issue with a beat up Macbook where the SuperDrive was partially functioning, it would read discs okay but spun up VERY slowly, and was not able to burn discs, it would try, again spin very slowly, and eventually the burn would fail. Reset SMC and it the drive began functioning properly, much faster and could then burn discs at full speed. Anyways it worth a try if all else fails. To reset SMC, visit Apples link for instructions. Reset SMC Intel Macs
  • Answer to: MacBook Pro will not boot up

    Do you hear the apple chime when you power on the MacBook Pro? Does it go the white screen and THEN go black? Anyways, try resetting your smc, this is your system management controller. Here's how you do it. 1) shut down the computer completely by holding down the power button for at least 10 seconds. You *should* hear a beep, and the hard drive spin down, but don't worry if you don't. 2) unplug the power cable 3) take the battery out of the computer 4) hold the power button down for 5-10 seconds 5) put the battery back in 6) plug the power adapter back into the computer 7) turn the computer on Let us know if this works.
  • Answer to: Won't turn on after HD upgrade

    If you're hearing a repetitive clicking, that's probably your hard drive, and it sounds like it's failing. That click is the hard drive trying to spin correctly and failing. Does the computer do ANYTHING when it powers on?
  • Answer to: My lil sister put a magnet on the top of the computer

    I just replied to your first question already. Most likely your hard drive has crashed. This doesn't necessarily mean it's completely dead though. Do you have a Leopard or Snow Leopard install disc, or the restore discs that came with the computer?
  • Answer to: computer show a no symbol!

    Most likely your hard drive has crashed. This doesn't necessarily mean it's completely dead though. If you just got the computer, are you sure it has a hard drive in it? Was it dropped, liquid spilled, anything like that?
  • Answer to: Cant start my computer after HD change

    Try resetting your smc (steps 1-5), and/or resetting pram and nvram (6-7) 1) unplug the MacBook Pro 2) take the battery out. (use ifixit guides for your model) 3) Hold the power button down for about 10 seconds 4) put the battery back in 5) Try powering up the computer to see if progress was made **if not, go to 6** 6) Hold the power button down until you hear the hard drive spin down and the computer is definitely off 7) press power button and immediately Hold down Option, Command, R, and P keys. KEEP them held down and hopefully you will hear the computer chime, KEEP holding the keys down until it has chimed 3 times, then release the keys. Hopefully it will boot at this point. Try this and if it's still dead, maybe something has come loose on the logic board. Open it up and look for unplugged cables, if you find any, plug them back in completely. Let us know how it goes.
  • Answer to: Total blackout after liquid damage

    **Note** Putting this info here for another solution idea for future google searches. If you've tried everything, resetting pram and nvram, smu, os reinstalls, firmware, etc. with no results, don't call it a loss yet. Try one more thing: 1) open the mbp up and look at the logic board 2) look at the IR/Sleep ribbon cable. (Use iFixit reference guide, here's the image 3) Make sure it's plugged in ALL the way. (mine was very loose, nearly unplugged completely) 4) Once the cable is in place, simply reboot :) Let me know if it works for you.
  • Answer to: Fans not kicking on, and other issues

    I posted my solution to a few similar problems, I'm pasting the same info from my other answer. Give this a try. 1) open the mbp up and look at the logic board 2) look at the IR/Sleep ribbon cable. (Use iFixit reference guide for logic board installation) 3) Make sure it's plugged in ALL the way. (mine was very loose, nearly unplugged completely) 4) Once the cable is in place, simply reboot :) This fixed it, so far, seems permanent! Let me know if it works for you.
  • Answer to: IR sensor does not work and I need to replace it. How?

    Do you have any issues with the MacBook Pro sleeping? Or weird display or boot problems? Regardless, try looking at the IR/Sleep ribbon cable on the logic board, make sure it's plugged in FULLY. Refer to the iFixit logic board installation guide for your MacBook Pro to find where the cable is.