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First of all my Mac Book Pro wont start up after going to sleep mode - all black screen etc. When i choose power down from the menu - well it doesnt power down completely - the harddrive is still running. Only when I hold down the power button it will power down properly. When I try to boot - the mac book simply wont turn on, nothing happens until I keep pushing and pushing several times then it turns on, but there is no pattern to how many times i have to push thje button. The super strange thing is that it sometimes turns on after a good while, say anything from between 5 min - 30m - 1 hour AFTER ive pushed the power button - and the mac book prior to that has no sign of being in sleep mode or anything at all no heat or anything - just cold and dead - then I turn my back and then as if nothing has happened it boots up!?. Ive tried several routines like taking of the power cord, dropping the battery - then hold down power button for several seconds then applying the power cord again putting in the battery etc - sometimes this has an effect sometimes not - sometimes it seems it helps to take of the powercord immediately after pushing the power button several times - but maybe its just luck - It also seems that my right usb is recognising devices slower than before and sometimes not at all - my left usb is dead..

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Check your backup right away and kick one off if you get it to boot again.... – bmike Sep 20 '11 at 1:04

Once you've gotten your backup - get into Disk Utility and try to repair the disk / consider an erase install. It will likely fail (unless the delay was caused by a very unlikely file system corruption or startup conflict).

Dropping a clean install - only the OS will let you know right away if the Hard Drive (HDD) can take new data or if other hardware issues are causing the half hour delay. Something fairly destructive is needed to cause a mac to take that long to successfully boot. Take it to a hardware tech if you have any doubts how to troubleshoot this, but odds are it's storage related.

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Sounds like hardware to me, too. – user479 Sep 20 '11 at 5:56

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