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#1 2016-10-13 22:45:16

LCGuy
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From: Sydney, Australia
Registered: 2014-05-13
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MacBook Late 2009 beach balling when booted from internal HD

A work colleague brought in his daughter's MacBook for me to fix, suspecting that it may have picked up malware. The machine beach balls about 10 minutes after booting. I quickly ditched MacKeeper, and then ran a scan and found some nasties, which I got rid of. The machine still beach balled. I ran Apple Service Diagnostics and ran all tests, looped for 24 hours, which passed. The machine works fine when booted off an external USB device or my Snow Leopard DVD, even when accessing the internal HDD. After making an image of the HDD I formatted it and did a fresh install of 10.6. Even with a fresh, out of the box install with nothing on it, the machine still beach balls after being booted for around 10 minutes. At this point I'm suspecting that there's something seriously wrong with either the HDD or the primary SATA bus. Anyone got any ideas?

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#2 2016-10-14 16:23:05

cc333
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From: North S.F. Bay Area, CA
Registered: 2014-05-23
Posts: 600

Re: MacBook Late 2009 beach balling when booted from internal HD

Have you checked out the RAM? Sometimes an intermittent failure there can cause stuff like this.

Case in point: My Mid 2009 MacBook Pro was doing really strange things intermittently for a few weeks, and then it eventually got worse and began crashing almost constantly. I ran a couple RAM test and found an intermittent failure (it didn't show in ever iteration of the test). I pulled one SODIMM, no change. Then I put that one back and pulled the other. Success! It was booting perfectly, and it has been running fine ever since (I upgraded to 8GB because I could).

But then again, the failure mode of this one seems oddly consistent.

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#3 2016-10-14 21:52:03

LCGuy
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From: Sydney, Australia
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Re: MacBook Late 2009 beach balling when booted from internal HD

If there was a problem with the RAM, I would've thought that it would show up at least once in the 24 hour loop. I'd also expect that the machine would do the same thing when booted off any drive. When yours was playing up was it only when booted from the internal drive, or from any drive? This machine is as solid as a rock when booted from any device other than the internal HDD, the problem just rears its head when booted from the internal drive, even with a fresh install.

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