I have a MacBook Pro (Early 2011, MacBookPro8,2) which I cannot reboot, otherwise I have to reinstall Mavericks every time. Sleep mode works, luckily, but sometimes I need to reboot.
In April my HDD started to fail. I have noticed general slowness and the drive finally failed, I decided to install a SSD, and I choose a Samsung 840 EVO 500GB, which seemed to have good reviews.
The installation went fine and the drive worked perfectly, but since then, from time to time, but lately almost every time, I cannot reboot the machine. It stays stuck in the Apple logo with the spinner under it.
At this point I can access the recovery partition, the Apple Hardware Test, the single user command line mode. I tried once to boot from the Time Machine drive, but either it was very slow (and I was very impatient) or it didn’t work.
Following this http://support.apple.com/kb/ts2570 the Safe Mode (Shift) doesn’t work (it does the progress bar until one third, then the spinning wheel forever). Verbose Safe Mode (Shift+Cmd+V) shows the output until just mounting the hard drive (or just before mounting). Single user mode (Cmd+S) gives me a prompt, I can do
fsck (no problems), I can mount the drive, I can modify files, but as soon as I type
exit it just get stuck again.
The first time this happen I think I remember being able to reboot by doing a NVRAM reset, but that doesn’t work anymore. Another time it happened, I opened the laptop again and removed and re-attached the SDD, which seemed to work, but again, that doesn’t work anymore. The only thing that works is reinstalling from the Recovery partition (which is 30 minutes of downloading and 40 minutes of reinstalling).
I found this thread on Apple forums https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5413626 which describes a similar situation to mine. It seems that even if the controller claims SATA 6Gbps, the cable might not be fully prepared for it. It also seems that there was a EFI update to fix some problems with SATA drives (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1450), which I must have installed back then.
Obviously changing the cable seems like an option, but I would like to know if someone knows a way to force the driver/EFI/whatever to force a slower link speed negotiation. Currently I have 6Gbps, but I will like to see if I can boot with a capped 3Gbps.
From other posts I have found people wanting to increase the speed, but I want just the opposite. Maybe it will fix my problem, and I can live with a lower speed.
More information from the System Profile:
Model name: MacBook Pro Model identifier: MacBookPro8,2 Boot ROM version: MBP81.0047.B27 SMC version: 1.69f4 Intel 6 Series Chipset: Manufacturer: Intel Product: 6 Series Chipset Link speed: 6 gigabits Negotiated link speed: 6 gigabits Physical connection: SATA Description: AHCI Version 1.30 Supported