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model: macbook 13'3 with retina display (2013 late autumn)

OS: 10.10.5

symptons:

  1. The macbook shut itself down while I put it to sleep with amost 60% battary left;
  2. Won't turn on by pressing power button or any other fancy key combos or massaging the whole keyboard or knocking the conors;
  3. Genius told me the first time I sent the dead macbook to an authorized reparing store that he just recharged the motherboard and the macbook came back. Sadly good times would not last long, same problem emerged then Genius told me he had to change the whole motherboard with a fancy cost I had to say no.
  4. Miracal happened when I tried to trun it on after I put the dead macbook aside for a few days, it started to boot and performed perfectly like nothing weird had happened.
  5. Now I live in regrets for I have to wait a couple of days before I can use the macbook if I forget to mannualy shut macbook down last time.

Please help me out!

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So lets see if I have this right... if you shut it down it turns back on no problem. If it goes to sleep it takes 5 days to turn back on.

Just a suggestion... what if you turn off sleep in System Preferences -> Energy Saver? I'm interested if it does the same thing if it stays on but just goes dead.

I would also try a fresh OS install either from a thumb drive or internet recovery in case something in the OS is causing the issue. It's easy and you can reproduce the issue quickly so its something to cross off the list pretty fast.

I assume you tried the obvious SMC, PRAM resets, etc... SMC controls a lot of the hardware so that's the one I would think is most likely.

Once I had a MacBook that had a bad thermal sensor. It would turn itself off and take a few hours to turn back on but that was pretty obvious that it was hot and overheating so I would assume that is not the case here. If it is getting hot then keep that in mind. Also the MacStore replaced the motherboard and that did not fix the issue so they replaced the whole laptop. I am not sure what the actual fix would have been.

CleanMyMac has thermal warnings that can tell you if its overheating. This may also tell you if you have a bad thermal sensor. If you just turned it on and it's reading 100c then there is something wrong.

Let us know if it may be overheating or if just plain going dead works and it's only sleep mode that does this.

Edit: This stood out in an article about overheating...

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    RE: "Edit: This stood out in an article about overheating..." You should include the source URL to what you're quoting. – user3439894 Jul 17 at 4:04
  • Thanks T, I will run your interesting tests as soon as it gets back. – pmp Jul 17 at 9:31

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