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    Macbook Pro Problems Late 2011
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    iMac Late 2009 32GB Intel Core i7 27" OSX 10.13.6
    Macbook Pro Problems Late 2011
    hi guys I have a MacBook Pro that won't boot even to recovery or anything,

    yet I can boot to the online diagnostics with no issue and it completes the tests and finds no issues,


    but won't load the OS won't even load the recovery OS

    it won't even boot from the USB stick that contains OSX 10.13

    its a MacBook Pro 8,2 i7 2.2ghz
    its got dual graphics Intel HD 3000 512MB
    and AMD HD6750M 512MB
    Late 2011 Macbook Pro


    any help is appreciated thanks
    Last edited by jasongoldworthy; 04-06-2019 at 07:39 AM.
    Apple iMac mid 2011 27' intel Core I7 2600.
    32GB DDR3 Ram.
    Mac OSX 10.13.6
    500GB SSD 1TB HDD

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    Macbook Pro Problems Late 2011
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    iMac Late 2009 32GB Intel Core i7 27" OSX 10.13.6
    photo's of the hardware test and what happens after booting to USB installer
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    Apple iMac mid 2011 27' intel Core I7 2600.
    32GB DDR3 Ram.
    Mac OSX 10.13.6
    500GB SSD 1TB HDD

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    Macbook Pro Problems Late 2011
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    L2014 Mac mini macOS 14, iPhone 8+ iOS 12, 12.9" iPad Pro 1 iOS 12, Pencil 1
    When you boot from Internet Recovery, you are booting from a different disk drive. Do you have another drive with Mac OS X/OS X/macOS installed, a USB bootable OS installer, or Time Machine you can try to boot from?
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Macbook Pro Problems Late 2011
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    iMac Late 2009 32GB Intel Core i7 27" OSX 10.13.6
    I have got a USB bootable OS installer

    and it fails to boot that also

    although I can still see its using the disk as the USB stick is flashing its led.

    I do have another drive with OSX installed on from a MacBook Pro 2012 thats running osx 10.13.6

    I have now tried that and it starts to load and then just gets stuck on a white/grey screen.
    Apple iMac mid 2011 27' intel Core I7 2600.
    32GB DDR3 Ram.
    Mac OSX 10.13.6
    500GB SSD 1TB HDD

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    Macbook Pro Problems Late 2011
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    hi again guys


    ive tried to reinstall osx 10.13 on the MacBook Pro 2011 and it says its not compatible with this Mac ?????

    could it be a firmware issue ?

    or does the OSX installers update the firmware for you ?

    ive also read up that it can be the discreet GPU thats gone bad and as it uses both to run the IGPU and the DGPU its stopping it from booting,


    thanks for any further help.

    Jason
    Apple iMac mid 2011 27' intel Core I7 2600.
    32GB DDR3 Ram.
    Mac OSX 10.13.6
    500GB SSD 1TB HDD

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    macOS 10.13 seems to require a two step installation, at least for some Macs.
    The suggestion was that this is to allow a firmware upgrade if required.

    What macOS is on that MacBook pro right now?
    Do you have a bootable backup with an older macOS? That's what I fall back on if the newer macOS won't boot.

    I would imagine if the GPU or any other hardware component has gone bad, the Apple hardware test would have picked that up.

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    Macbook Pro Problems Late 2011
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    ive tried to reinstall osx 10.13 on the MacBook Pro 2011 and it says its not compatible with this Mac ?????
    It's possible that you're getting that message if the macOS version is more recent than what you have on your installer drive.

    Just a thought.



    - Patrick
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    Macbook Pro Problems Late 2011
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    iMac Late 2009 32GB Intel Core i7 27" OSX 10.13.6
    hi guys thanks for the reply's

    I got it to start the online recovery but it reinstalled osx lion nothing newer ???

    but then as I was finishing the user setup it froze and wouldn't continue.

    no error just froze completely as if it locked up. mouse cursor disappeared.

    any ideas what that could be because after I powered it off and back on it won't boot again shows the apple logo then goes to a white screen

    thanks

    Jason
    Apple iMac mid 2011 27' intel Core I7 2600.
    32GB DDR3 Ram.
    Mac OSX 10.13.6
    500GB SSD 1TB HDD

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    Back to my question - do you have a bootable external you can use to see if it boots up on that Mac OK - that would narrow down the problem area.

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    Macbook Pro Problems Late 2011
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    Your symptoms are all consistent with a failed GPU. The tests available to you won't detect it, but the Genius Bar will have test software to determine if that is the problem. That machine is, I think, no longer supported for repair, but at least you'll know, if you can get one of the Geniuses to test it for you.
    Jake

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    Macbook Pro Problems Late 2011
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    iMac Late 2009 32GB Intel Core i7 27" OSX 10.13.6
    hi krs i have tried another drive via thunderbolt with a bootable OS and it gets stuck on a white screen after the logo.


    and I think your right MacInWin

    maybe its time to retire her as she is a 2011 machine.
    Apple iMac mid 2011 27' intel Core I7 2600.
    32GB DDR3 Ram.
    Mac OSX 10.13.6
    500GB SSD 1TB HDD

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    Hello, I just a few days ago discovered that I am having almost the exact same problem with my macbook. It is also a late 2011, 15" macbook pro, i7 2.2 ghz, with the dual intel/amd graphics. The only difference that I can tell from what you have said is that mine will not respond to the power button when it is not running, but it can be used to turn the computer off when it is running. I can start it by pressing shift+control+option, but it will shut down randomly before OS X can load every time. It will however run indefinitely if you start it while holding option key and just do not select the hard drive to boot. I initially thought this was the SSD that I installed a few months ago failing, however when I put the original HDD back in, it behaves the exact same way. Resetting the pram and smc does not help. This computer has experienced the GPU failure that these MacBooks were recalled for in the past. About Two years ago apple had to put a new logic board and everything in it. I took it to the apple store two days ago and had diagnostics run, which it will stay running for. They ran the specific test for GPU failure and it passed. Then a general hardware test showed that hard drive, GPU, processor, ram, logic board, and most other parts check out fine, however it flagged the fan and sensors sections. It would not give any information about the fan, and all it would say about the sensors is "no configuration file found. Sensor limit test passed. Number of sensors: 26". The apple guy suggested I reinstall the OS, but that does not explain why the power button is not working, and why two hard drives loaded with OS X act the same. I feel like this is a firmware issue, but I am stumped.

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    Macbook Pro Problems Late 2011
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    The apple guy suggested I reinstall the OS, but that does not explain why the power button is not working, and why two hard drives loaded with OS X act the same. I feel like this is a firmware issue, but I am stumped.

    So...??? have you done as the Apple guy suggested and reinstall the OS???
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    Also, have you tried selecting your boot drive using System Preferences > Startup Drive???



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