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    MacBook Pro Problem
    its an older Macbook but hasnt given me any problems until now. I noticed Safari suddenly became very slow, and eventually froze, noting worked I couldnt even force quit, after waiting about 30 min I did a hard restart. after booting up everything seemed normal, until I opened safari and the same thing happened. after another hard restart I got the flashing [?]. So I did the restart while pressing command + R that bring up the Mac OS X Utilities window, every thing from that point is very slow, and I can not click on anything in the disk utility, restore, or reinstall. I did swap in another hard drive, and it worked fine until safari opened and then the exact same thing happened. what could be causing this?

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    MacBook Pro Problem
    chscag's Avatar
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    Welcome to our forums.

    An "older MacBook" doesn't help us to help you.

    Year and model?

    Version of macOS?

    Please provide the information above and we will try to assist you. Thanks.

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    MacBook Pro Problem
    MBAmtloin's Avatar
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    try rebooting in safe mode.
    perform some tasks except using safari to see if your macbook just works.
    because the issue could be with safari or just browsing.

    let us know what happens.
    MacBook Air 2010 4gb Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and Snow Leopard 10.6.8
    i fixed everything on the macbook my self and repaired many in the past.

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    The model is an A1278 early 2011 model with Mac OS X Lion 10.7

    how do I reboot in safe mode?

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    MacBook Pro Problem
    MBAmtloin's Avatar
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    macbook air 2010 11" HSierra
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    MacBook Air 2010 4gb Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and Snow Leopard 10.6.8
    i fixed everything on the macbook my self and repaired many in the past.

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    tried opening in safe mode, all I got was the flashing [?]

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    MacBook Pro Problem
    MBAmtloin's Avatar
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    you still hear the chime, correct?
    The hard drive needs replacing, OtherWorldComputing has great ones, include the tools needed and backs those with a 3-year warranty.
    Get a ssd because those are faster and last a long time.
    they are easy to replace and will back up everything if we time machined our data.
    im getting another drive for my macbook air this year from them
    MacBook Air 2010 4gb Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and Snow Leopard 10.6.8
    i fixed everything on the macbook my self and repaired many in the past.

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    I have tried different hard drives and the same thing is happening.

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    MacBook Pro Problem
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    It could be a bad or failing SATA cable. They're easy to replace and not expensive. You can find them on iFixit: The Free Repair Manual or any Mac parts supplier. A bad SATA cable is not unusual for a machine that old. Another way you can test your machine is try booting it from an external source such as a USB drive or even from your original Snow Leopard install DVD that came with the machine.

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    MacBook Pro Problem
    MBAmtloin's Avatar
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    the cable problem is popular in those MacBooks, i did not know you tried with different hard drives.
    Hopefully you still have the USB of snow leopard, If you can read that thumbdrive, the problem is the cable as chsag wrote.
    MacBook Air 2010 4gb Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and Snow Leopard 10.6.8
    i fixed everything on the macbook my self and repaired many in the past.

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    MacBook Pro Problem
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    Shot in the dark - have you tried another browser?
    Sue

    If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour.

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    well took the entire thing apart, put it back together, and its working. my theory is that something must have been loose

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    MacBook Pro Problem
    chscag's Avatar
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    Okay, that's good news. Thanks for letting us know.

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    MacBook Pro Problem
    MBAmtloin's Avatar
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    great news!
    these macbooks are solid as well as repairable.
    mine was not typing- cat knocked it down, the solution was getting the ribbon perfectly into the track-pad slot.
    MacBook Air 2010 4gb Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and Snow Leopard 10.6.8
    i fixed everything on the macbook my self and repaired many in the past.

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