About ten days ago, my beloved MacBook Pro died. It was working fine when I got up to grab some chow, but when I returned it was dead. It had powered down and was completely and utterly unresponsive. What a bummer.
Note: For the record, this was a mid-2009 15-inch model with a 2.53Ghz Core 2 Duo and 4GB of RAM (MB986LL/A, model A1286).
I hit the power button. Nothing. I hit the battery status button on the side. Nothing. The green indicator lights stayed dark. I plugged it in. Nothing. The light on the MagSafe plug stayed dark.
I switched batteries. No change. I switched power adapters. No change. I reset the SMC (I looked up how with my iPhone). No change. I swapped the RAM sticks between slots. No change. I tried the RAM sticks one at a time. No change.
After a bit of online research, I learned that my beloved MacBook Pro had likely suffered a failed logic board. That was the bad news. The good news is that I didn’t lose any data — though, if I had, I have local and online backups.
Even better: I now had an excuse to upgrade to a shiny new MacBook Pro with a Retina display. I had been planning on doing so, but hadn’t gotten around to it.
Once the order was placed, I opened the case of my old computer, removed the hard drive, and popped it into an external hard drive. I was thus able to limp along and get things done with an even older MacBook Pro that I had laying around.
The new computer has since arrived and it’s fantastic.