MacBook Random Shut Down
My Macbook is now just over two months old and I’ve been extremely happy with it, until it suffered a series of random shutdowns immediately after logging in earlier today. This was followed by a simple refusal to start up. Overall, it was very much like what has been experienced by YouTube user, pippoburro: a series of shut downs, without any warnings!
More after the jump.
Luckily, I managed to get my MacBook to boot again. I plugged out the AC Cord and took the battery out for about half a minute before sticking it in again. Somehow that got it to boot up again and it’s been running for a good two and a half hours since then.
But thinking about the random shutdown, I recall experiencing one a few days ago but I didn’t think much of it and blamed it on some software glitch. But after today’s events it really caught my attention and after a quick search on the Apple Discussion forums, I quickly found out this was a known issue.
Looking at the threads on the Discussions Forums a lot of MacBooks have been sent for repairs because of the random shut downs.
The interesting thing is that each MacBook sent to Apple for repairs has come back with a different part replaced. From the logic board, the heat sink, RAM, Hard Disks to even keyboards! Clearly, there doesn’t seem to be a set cure for the problem.
Looking at the various parts that Apple have replaced in MacBooks suffering from random shutdowns, it would seem like Apple is still trying to figure out what the cause is. And as far as I know Apple hasn’t (yet?) acknowledged the issue!
Until then, I can only hope that my MacBook won’t have any more of those shut down fits!
Note: Most of the MacBooks that have been back from repairs still have the same problem!
My MacBook has not suffered any further random shutdowns since (for 3+ days).
Matthew over at macbookrandomshutdown.com has set up a blog dedicated to the random shutdowns. He reports that Apple replaced the heat sink in his MacBook and that it hasn’t had a shut-down since (5+days).