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Mike, Mac Medic
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After restart several times on macbook pro, cannot open anything

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After restart several times on macbook pro, cannot open anything - mouse works, can point at things but not do anything.

Restart and hold the Shift key until you see the Apple Logo if it starts up OK restart normally. Let me known is there is any change.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

That seems to have one the trick - thank you very much!



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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I just rated your answer excellent - which it was - but have since found something that doesn't seem to be working as before. Can't get any sound now. Itunes doesn't play for example. The volume keys on keyboard not responding.

OK Please go to the Apple logo on the upper left of the screen, go to About This Mac (DO NOT Select More Info), and tell me the Version (under Mac OS X), the Processor and the Memory, it is all right there.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Version 10.6.8

Does it have a battery you can easily remove?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I don't know. I don't think I'd be comfortable removing anything... not very technical!

It would be pretty obvious on the bottom of the laptop if there are no latches then it is not one you can remove. If that is the case do this:

Resetting the SMC & PRAM on portables with a battery you should not remove on your own
1. Shut down the computer.
2. Plug in the MagSafe power adapter to a power source, connecting it to the Mac if its not already connected.
3. On the built-in keyboard, press the (left side) Shift-Control-Option keys and the power button at the same time.
4. Release all the keys and the power button at the same time.
5. Press the power button to turn on the computer.
6. Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys before the gray screen appears.
7. Hold the keys down until the computer restarts.
8. Release the keys.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Should I disconnect my external hard drive before I do this?

Not necessary but yes lets keep everything simple.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you so much! Sound back on now and everything else looks to be okay. Thanks again!