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comment diagnosing (likely) hardware fault on MBP 15'' (early 2011)
That wasn't my problem; besides the environment I use my laptop is fully air-conditioned. BTW, The HDD overheat problem that you seem to be experiencing often happens if the vents of your laptop get blocked with "dust bunnies"; perhaps you should have it opened up and cleaned out - might solve your issue (it's happened to several of my laptops over the years). Anyway, I got a new laptop now.
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comment installation stuck in a loop due to damaged HD
@Andrew If I remember correctly, I used rsync
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@danielAzuelos Ah OK, I misunderstood, thanks for clarifying.
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@patrix Unfortunately Mavericks is the only OS installed on my laptop atm. (Crazy, I know.)
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@danielAzuelos My thoughts exactly. I don't want to do any Software Updates either, even though Apple is telling me I should update to DP4.
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I'll try to do the screen sharing thing when I get my hands on another system. Although I'm thinking I could just check if the system is running (after the problem reoccurs) by trying to shut it down normally by pressing Control-Eject followed by Return. If that works I can assume the system was running, what do you think?
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@danielAzuelos Do you mean using the gfxCardStatus app to force which graphics chip to be used? You may be right about that.
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Apparently I'll have to use BootCamp (which I don't really know anything about) to update to the latest drivers (if the one I have isn't already the latest). I don't really want to go down that route. Plus I'm assuming Apple's Software Update keeps the drivers updated to the right version depending on the system and the OS, so getting the "latest" one may not necessarily be the best thing.
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I've updated the question again. I agree that the problem seems to be triggered by the graphics switching. I have been using Mavericks since it came out and have been on DP3 for at least a couple of weeks now, and yesterday is the first time the problem happened, so I don't know if it has anything to do with it. But I'll look into your suggestion to update the graphics drivers
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