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I have "Macbook (13-inch, Mid 2010)" it has white plastic case

with 4GB 1067MHz DDR3 RAM and NVIDIA Geforce 320M 256MB.

Model Identifier: MacBook 7,1

Boot ROM Version: MB71.003F.B00

SMC Version (system): 1.60f6

It had originally El Capitan installed,It booted nicely every time. I think that I didn't go trough all software updates it provided.

I fresh installed high sierra from USB flash drive. I gone trough some installation steps with errors and restarts. Now when I boot, there is cca 50% chance of booting to OS.

Other time i see grey apple logo and progressbar that is filling slowly, gets to 100% and then nothing happens for a whole day. There were some updates of software in between, but they are not related to this booting problem.

Is there any way how to fix this problem?

Edit: three passes of extended apple hardware test passed ok. First aid on HDD passed ok.

Edit2: First aid test from Disk utility passed with no errors, smartctl short and long HDD tests passed with no errors.

Edit3: I tried to reset PRAM and NVRAM, next tried to reset SMC. Didn't help.

Edit4: I did a recent update in High Sierra and update of SMC to the latest version provided for my hardware was triggered. Didn't help.

  • What is "has half chance to boot" supposed to mean? – user3439894 Feb 4 at 14:48
  • I try to boot, it fails. I push power button until it powers off. I push power button again until i hear cdrom and the new age sound. And then it boots normally. – nio Feb 4 at 14:49
  • Have you run the Apple Hardware Test on your Mac? – user3439894 Feb 4 at 14:58
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    What's a "white" MacBook Pro 2010? When you next boot into your Mac, click on the Apple logo, select "About this Mac" and update your question with your correct hardware. – Allan Feb 4 at 15:20
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    Try upgrading to an SSD. You're using an old, 5400 RPM spinning drive - it's well past it's life expectancy. fsck and First Aid won't fix physical issues with the drive which is what I suspect you're facing. – Allan Feb 5 at 18:35
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What you don't say is how the system behaved before you installed/reinstalled High Sierra. That would be vital information along with what was on it before.

That said there could be a lot of things going on.

  • Damaged/corrupted OS install
  • Damaged/corrupted HDD
  • Other hardware problem including failing RAM or other failing component

What you are going to need to do if you want further help is to fill in the blanks by editing your original post (don't add a comment edit the original) so we can better be able to assist you.

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