Why is does my MacBook freeze when moved?

Elliot_18

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Hi,

I bought a macbook pro A1278 2012 to repair and sell on a few days ago.

The macbook freezes when moved, both with and without the charger.

When the macbook freezes the screen comes up with a loads of lines on vertically, down the screen and then shuts down and boots back up on its own. Sometimes the lines dont show up when it freezes.

Upon booting back up, the mac doesn't display any error messages or anything.

I initially thought it may have been something to do with the RAM, I have installed 2 new sticks and the issue persists.

When i received the macbook and stripped it, bits of tobacco where all over it. I have cleaned internally the best i can.

I have also tested the HDD and cable and CD Drive cable (as this was not working at the point of sale).

I have also removed everything and reassembled.

I am completely puzzled about what it could be.

Any help at all will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
 

jasonsmith7902

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I have a Mid 2010 that I bought 4 years ago and has been going strong. It is still faster and more reliable than most of the newer Windows laptops that my friends and family have. I had my first major problem with it this year. I upgraded the ram mid May and three weeks later, I had the same issue you are having plus it would randomly freeze/shut down even when not touched. I tried everything. I read countless articles on Mac forums and Apple. I checked the HDD, changed the ram back to the old sticks and several other things. One thing you should try is to run with just one stick of ram. If the problem persists then try the other ram slot. There is a lot Mac users that had a similar problems and this fixed it. the problem was that one slot was damaged where it connected to the logic board. The downside is you either run with just one stick of ram or replace the logic board. And in case you haven't heard this...Apple says the max ram for a MacBook pro from these years is 8gb total(2x4gb). However, there is tons of properly working installs, proven by benchmark tests that the Mac Pros actually max out at 16gb total(2x8gb), which of course means that, if you find one sodimm slot to be bad, you could get an 8gb stick and run one slot and you should be good to go! Now, unfortunately this was not my problem...it still had problems with only one stick. So at that point I feared it was the logic board. I took it to the local Mac repair shop because they do a $30 diagnostic without any commitment to have your repairs done. They confirmed it to be the logic board so I took it home and ordered a used one and after replacement, my Mac Pro is running like before.
 

Bardebay

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First,if is 2012 it will be really old.
If even the 2015 mbp are call late,then this will be called "extra late".
But why don't you just go and get it repaired at a Apple Store?if they are not going to accept it,then try go to a computer tech to SEE it.
 

jasonsmith7902

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I have a Mid 2010 that I bought 4 years ago and has been going strong. It is still faster and more reliable than most of the newer Windows laptops that my friends and family have. I had my first major problem with it this year. I upgraded the ram mid May and three weeks later, I had the same issue you are having plus it would randomly freeze/shut down even when not touched. I tried everything. I read countless articles on Mac forums and Apple. I checked the HDD, changed the ram back to the old sticks and several other things. One thing you should try is to run with just one stick of ram. If the problem persists then try the other ram slot. There is a lot Mac users that had a similar problems and this fixed it. the problem was that one slot was damaged where it connected to the logic board. The downside is you either run with just one stick of ram or replace the logic board. And in case you haven't heard this...Apple says the max ram for a MacBook pro from these years is 8gb total(2x4gb). However, there is tons of properly working installs, proven by benchmark tests that the Mac Pros actually max out at 16gb total(2x8gb), which of course means that, if you find one sodimm slot to be bad, you could get an 8gb stick and run one slot and you should be good to go! Now, unfortunately this was not my problem...it still had problems with only one stick. So at that point I feared it was the logic board. I took it to the local Mac repair shop because they do a $30 diagnostic without any commitment to have your repairs done. They confirmed it to be the logic board so I took it home and ordered a used one and after replacement, my Mac Pro is running like before.
 

rcpmac

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That isn't what "Late" means. Telling people to go to the Apple store is not advice. It simply indicates that you have nothing to contribute so stop posting useless and incorrect information
 
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