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Old 10-03-2019, 09:49 PM   #1
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Mac. Book Pro situation

Hey gang:

My model A1286 M.B.P. has been doing a strange thing for about six months now.

I go to retrieve my daily e-mails and most of time, the computer will just stop running, after about thirty seconds. I guess its called crashing. I hit the bar at the bottom of the laptop, then press a key on the key board, and the computer comes back to life in about thirty seconds or so. It just happens once per use, even if i use the device for an hour or so.

So, any ideas as to what is going on here? The device is nine years old, so i suppose it is a dinosaur, but other than the crashing, the thing seems to work fairly well. Sometimes a bit slow, but at almost 75 years of age, so am i! lol!

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Old 10-04-2019, 06:13 AM   #2
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Mine had a similar symptom and it required a new logic board (which I think replaces every component except the display and HD--but I m not certain about that).

I hope in your case it is nothing serious. But I would recommend that you ensure you have a current back of the HD.

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Old 10-04-2019, 07:07 AM   #3
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We had an old Dell laptop that was shutting down and doing some strange stuff and it turned out to be the screened air filter inlet to the fan was clogged with lint and microprocessor was overheating. Once I cleaned that filter/screen, it started working normally. Now that screen is deep inside the unit and is part of the fan assembly, not on the outside of the case, so I had to disassemble the laptop to get to it. There were numerous youtube videos available covering the subject. You might search youtube for the symptoms you are having and see what pops up.
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Old 10-04-2019, 02:45 PM   #4
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Are you still using the original spinning disk hard drive? I have had all sorts of weird issues when a hard drive starts failing.

Google for a program to test the hard drive and go from there.

A replacement SSD, if you haven't done it already, is dirt cheap and makes a night and day difference in performance.
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Old 10-06-2019, 04:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the ideas, gang.

See what i can do.

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Old 10-07-2019, 06:47 AM   #6
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Back up all of your files before it totally crashes and its too late to save them. I bought an external Solid State Drive (SSD) when I started having problems just to be sure I didn't loose a ton of manuals, photos and documents. I don't back up anything to "the cloud".
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I'm not an Apple guy, so I don't know what works with what, but I can tell you using the free software from I was able to clone the system drive on 4 different computers and upgrade them to SSD's. The difference is night and day speed wise. Good luck!
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