Computer randomly shutting down...

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  1. spliffer1

    spliffer1 New Member

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    I'll just randomly be doing something and BAM - it shuts down - no warning at all - any clue what it is and how to fix it?

    Apple MacBook
     
  2. dorkultra

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    add ram to it recently?
    does the screen turn grey and tell you to power down?
    warranty? go see the genius bar


    wrong forum by the way
     
  3. spliffer1

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    what forum to I go to? No adding of ram - screen goes black POOF - off
     
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    do hear the fan start to spin really fast

    I had an old laptop that used to overheat and just shutdown
     
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  7. spliffer1

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    thanks brotato
     
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    that happened to the macbook i used at work two years ago. i had to send it back to apple to get it repaired. worked flawlessly after that.
     
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    some early macbooks had problems with their heatsinks that caused them to do this i believe
     
  10. spliffer1

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    this somethign I can fix myself?
     
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    I had this problem on my macbook... do you have all the current updates? For some reason if I dont update my macbook for a while it randomly shuts off.
     
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    I don't know - I'll check that out

    this is what our IT guy said

    Your power inverted may be going out.

    what does that mean?
     
  13. jackback52

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    how old is the macbook? Second maybe, from what I remember, the problem had to do with with a wire next the heatsink causing the problems. Best to have apple Deal with it.
     
  14. spliffer1

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    year old...
     
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    just take it to genius bar
     
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    could be an inverter, a wire, could be the too much heatpaste on the cpu issue with early models, who knows??? Genius bar it first before you rip it apart. If the screen goes black but the machine is on, its the inverter. If the machine turns off, thats not the problem. Most likely its the too much paste on the cpu issue causing it to insulate heat and shut down to prevent damage to the hardware.
     
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    thanks

    what is genius bar?
     
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    apples tech support
     
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    I have the same problem with my PowerBook G4. it's been working flawlessly until now, but it straight up shuts down when it has anywhere between 50 and 30% battery. Some times, it still warns me for low batt. at ~10% but then it shuts down when the battery meter still shows 9%. Just today, it showed 47% and one minute later it had 37%. WTF? o and every time it shuts down, the calendar resets to Wed. march something 1969.......
     
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