How do I fault-find a macbook pro that works fine in one OS but repeatedly shuts down soon after boot? (Every time the machine is booted into OSX environments, even the installer, the machine will shutdown soon after boot).
I have a MacBook Pro 5.5
It had a problem of randomly shutting down during boot. This corrupted (beyond easy recovery) the HD. I replaced that with an SSD. (I had backups of my data and the original MacBook Pro disc can probably be fixed).
I installed a Linux (Fedora 18, then Fedora 20). This was a 64 bit OS using all the HD. I had no problem with shutdowns. I could play full screen video, DVDs, play games, etc with no problems. There are frustrations using Fedora on this MBP, so I decide to wipe the drive and re-install Snow Leopard.
Installing OSX (Snow Leopard) from the grey discs that came with the machine is frustrating. The machine will reboot very soon (a few minutes) after I have booted from the grey Install disc. So far I have managed to boot and use disc utility to wipe the HD and reformat / partition to add a GUID HFS partition. But I am still getting shutdowns after a few minutes of use.