2010 Macbook Pro Woes

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So I purchased a Macbook Pro built-to-order back in May 2010. This computer has been rock solid up until a couple weeks ago. I installed Lion mid July this year. It has been running great until 10.7.2, I have experience what I think is described here. Not long after Apple acknowledged that issue, I have been experiencing serious memory malfunctions. I installed a 8GB Crucial RAM kit at the beginning of August. So the only modification I made to the laptop is my memory upgrade.

It became completely unusable on October 13th. I would fire it up and start a task, like syncing pictures to S3 via Transmit. This task would run great for some time and then the screen would go black and it would become unresponsive.

Today I had some free time, I decided to try to use it. I started it up. As soon as I turned it on I had 3 beeps of death. After Googling around a bit I found out that 3 beeps meant "no good banks". Next I figured I would open it up and put in the original 4GB of RAM. Success! I was able to use the computer normally for a few minutes. I shut it down. Powered it back on, "beep, beep, beep". Oh man.

So I have an appointment at the local Apple Store tomorrow. I'll report back after that.

Update: Oct 17

After talking with the Apple Store guys yesterday we determined that I will need a new logic board. I am not sending my hard drive in for repair. So at the moment I am waiting on some new equipment to do a proper back up and format before I send it into Apple.

I am still a little curious about the sequence of events that lead to my current situation, which seems to be a complete hardware failure. Let's recap:

  • May 2010 - Purchased 15" Macbook Pro
  • July 2011 - Installed Lion
  • August 2011 - Installed 8GB Crucial RAM
  • October 2011 - Experiencing random lockups
  • October 2011 - Began experiencing these symptoms
  • October 2011 - Flat out could not use my machine.

So what seemed to start out as a software issue quickly became a hardware issue. Now I guess I could be wrong and this was a hardware issue from the beginning, but it seems the symptoms continuously got worse.

Next step I have to take care of is to backup important files on my MBP's hard drive. I got a big bare OEM drive and hard drive dock from Amazon.

I will then zero out the drive with Disk Utility and take the laptop back to the Apple Store.

Update: Oct 19

Data is backed up and my harddrive is zeroed out. I will drop my laptop off at the Apple Store tonight to send in for repair.