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#1 djdiggla

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 03:04 AM

I've been hyperventilating all weekend. Very similar to what killed my PowerBook. Of course, I am DJing a friend's wedding in Jamaica in less than two weeks so fuck me. I guess at least it didn't happen there.

Anyone had this happen? I got a 15" 2011 MacBook Pro. Hoping it's fixable and fast. Take it in tomorrow. I tried everything on help forums. Sure feels like a punch in the stomach.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 06:38 AM

Sorry to hear that man, hope it's a speedy and inexpensive fix.



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 06:47 AM

Is there a picture in the middle of the screen? A sad folder, a chip, anything?

Does it do a beep pattern when you switch it on?

Is there any way you can try connecting to another Mac and starting in target mode?

In case you haven't tried, hold down Command Option P R when the Mac starts up, it should bong differently to normal - keep it held down and it should power cycle and do the same again, let it do this a couple of times and then let go.
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 08:39 AM

Try to plug it to another screen/tv with the hdmi-out. Maybe there's something wrong with your screen.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 04:12 PM

Is there a picture in the middle of the screen? A sad folder, a chip, anything?

Does it do a beep pattern when you switch it on?

Is there any way you can try connecting to another Mac and starting in target mode?

In case you haven't tried, hold down Command Option P R when the Mac starts up, it should bong differently to normal - keep it held down and it should power cycle and do the same again, let it do this a couple of times and then let go.


I haven't done the P R but did shift on boot and command option on boot which were some of the other things I read to try.

It beeps, shows the apple icon then when it disappears the screen stays blank. The first time it happened it was black. One of the times I've restarted it was black with blue pinstripes but the majority of the times it's been a white screen.

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#6 djdiggla

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 04:14 PM

Try to plug it to another screen/tv with the hdmi-out. Maybe there's something wrong with your screen.


That's what I was thinking but didn't have a monitor at home. Guess I coulda used a tv

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 05:42 PM

the video processor (permanently affixed to the logic board) is bad. RIP. This is the same shit that happened with my last MacBook. Steve Jobs is laughing in hell. I'm sure of it.

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#8 JHouse

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 07:42 PM

Good to know as I've been seriously considering a Mac Book Pro specifically for DJn and production, but now, not so much.



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 08:16 PM

From what i've read steer clear of any between 2011-2015.


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 01:30 AM

Have you tried unplugging it and plugging it back in again?  This always works with my cable box.  Have you tried calling Comcast?  This also sometimes works with my cable box.


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#11 Jam Burglar

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 01:32 AM

But yeah, I lost my Sony Viao last year.  Lasted all of 4 years.  I've gone back to Dell.  I hate Dell but for some reason my old old Dell laptop from 2005 is still running so I was like "fuck it".



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 04:37 PM

IMO the expensive Dells are really good machines. 

 

I have a friend at Apple that was able to hook me up with a huge discount on a new Macbook Pro... over $1000 off. But even with their expedited shipping that gets it here between the 7th and 9th. I fly out the 11th so it's going to be very tight. Trying not to wind myself up about it. 


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 05:14 PM

All about Surface laptops now bitches. Fuck an Apple.
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#14 JHouse

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 08:20 PM

Damn, that's a helluva discount Dirk. I need to befriend someone at Apple right quick 'cause I still want a Mac.

 

Yep, that's cuttin' it mad close to your Jamaica date, do you have a backup plan should it not arrive or be ready in time? 2 iPods maybe and a mixer?

 

True story, I DJed a high school party years back, but they didn't like my music. So I just used Playlist.com (when you could play any track, any time), launched multiple browser tabs to have shit on queue, and errrybody was dancing. Since then I've purchased a gangload of mainstream and 16 year old friendly music, you know, to lure them into my van.


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 10:04 PM

 

True story, I DJed a high school party years back, but they didn't like my music. So I just used Playlist.com (when you could play any track, any time), launched multiple browser tabs to have shit on queue, and errrybody was dancing. Since then I've purchased a gangload of mainstream and 16 year old friendly music, you know, to lure them into my van.

^^Brilliant. I've never heard of that site. 


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 10:07 PM

 

 

Yep, that's cuttin' it mad close to your Jamaica date, do you have a backup plan should it not arrive or be ready in time? 2 iPods maybe and a mixer?

 

 

 

My current backup plan is not much of a plan... but Apple has a 2 week open box return policy so if I don't get it by the 8th I'm probably going to buy another from the store... whatever they have... and use that then return it. Really that just gets me an extra day though. It was my original backup plan in case the one I ordered wasn't going to arrive before I left...


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#17 Jam Burglar

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 11:23 AM

Records????????????



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Posted 03 August 2017 - 12:58 PM

The thought went through my mind but I'd planned on just taking a Vestax controller and not real TTs since it's in Jamaica.

Got an email today that it will be delivered the 8th. So that gives me 3 evenings to set it up. Should work out.

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#19 Jam Burglar

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 04:40 PM

Lordamercy!


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#20 JHouse

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 08:45 PM

 

 

True story, I DJed a high school party years back, but they didn't like my music. So I just used Playlist.com (when you could play any track, any time), launched multiple browser tabs to have shit on queue, and errrybody was dancing. Since then I've purchased a gangload of mainstream and 16 year old friendly music, you know, to lure them into my van.

^^Brilliant. I've never heard of that site. 

 

Unfortunately, they've significantly changed their format, thus not allowing for immediate queue of tracks. But yes, it was a brilliant idea, one I gleaned from said 16 year old hooligans.


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