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My MacBook keeps freezing when its moved, is it the ram?

Hello i have a 2009 macbook core 2 duo, and its been working great until 2 weeks ago, when suddenly froze, so i reboot it and it just start working again until i move it, when it just froze again, so i did it again a couple of times to make sure that it just freezes when move so i did and in deed thats when the problem comes up, so i make a little research and i found that it might be a RAM problem, but in the articles i found the MacBooks didn't worked until the RAM was changed, and that's not my case, in a matter of fact im on it right now, it works perfectly while standing in a desk, but as soon as i move it it just freezes again, what can it be??

P.S. a couple of days i realize that the screw right in the middle of the under case is missing, i don't know if that might have make the RAM get loose so when its move the RAM moves, therefore freezes

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i've had the same problem for a year and was driving me insane (i got to a point i was shouting at the machine!!) and apple store in 3 different countries had 3 different wrong explanations of the problem.

i was first told it was the RAM so i changed them and the problem was solved for a short while, then i was told it was the hard drive which's an SSD so i changed that with a new SSD and the problem persisted, then the last apple service said it is the logic board and that i'd rather go for a new machine since the logic board is very expensive.

i got frustrated as i needed the computer for work and could not afford a new one so i resolved to go on living with the problem and try not to move the machine while working, still, typing on the keyboard sometimes would trigger the problem.

the last time i changed the SSD i forgot to tell apple service what OS version i wanted so they installed the latest which i hated so much, and also the new SSD was not as fast as the previous one so i decided to put back the older SSD since it wasn't the cause of the problem and it had the right OS version, but i didn't want to send it to apple service and pay 40$ fees so i got a screwdriver and went about replacing the SSD,.

for sometime i was suspecting bent cables or loose parts might be causing the freeze so along the process of replacing the SSD i dusted the machine, fiddled gently with cables connecting things to the logic board and made sure everything was tight in place.

i had no expectation that would work as nothing looked wrong inside the machine and i actually didn't feel like i've made any changes besides replacing the SSD and all i wanted was having the fast booting and the right OS. but to my surprise somehow the freezing problem was solved!! and now i could move around the house showing my friend the view of my balcony and can use it on my lap!!

so here's what i think, my laptop was a workhorse, i overloaded it with music production and i was using it for 6 days a week of DJing and when i'm not working i'd be downloading music, basically this machine which's a late 2009 macbook unibody was overworked, overloaded and heavily abused in inhospitable environments for over 2 years, never shut down for more than 7 hours a day when i'd be asleep, not to mention i had it second hand. so i firmly believe the parts are put together to make a wonderful machine and are meant to last very long time, so before listening to your local incompetent apple genius just go on the internet and read what others with similar experience had to say and it will definitely give you a clue as to what might be causing yours to crash, the symptoms might be similar but the solutions aren't.

if i had listened to those wankers at apple service i'd have thrown away an otherwise perfectly fine machine.

good luck.

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I second that. I did exactly what rockandrollick said. I disconnected the SSD for a few hours. Connected it again and like new. No more freezing when I move it or shake it. Thanks bro


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You guys, I took my MacBook Pro to India, the dude fixed it for $80 and he was an Apple certified dude. Don't take your stuff to Apple, it's a rip off. Try to look for a certified Apple technician in your area. And did I mention, he extended my ram from 4 GB to 8 GB.

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You should stop moving the laptop, especially one that age, it's not a phone or tablet.

Laptops were meant to be moved from one location to another and used without carrying. HD are not SSD's laptops have "motion detectors" to park the heads (e.g. freeze or pause) to stop from physically damaging the heads and platters of the drives.

One (if that's the only one) missing screw from the bottom of the case should not be enough to cause your behavior.... picking up or jostling the laptop is...

If this answer is acceptable please remember to return and mark it accepted.

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Sorry, this is a ridiculous answer. Laptops are indeed designed to be moved around. Yes hard drives are sensitive but not THAT sensitive. Further, a parked hard drive will "unpark" once it is stabilized, it should not freeze the system to the point of requiring a reboot. I would agree with this answer if the user was trying to use the laptop while driving in a dune buggy at high speed down a cobblestone street for many miles, but it appears to me that the user here simply moved the laptop. That should not park the drive.


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