Question mark and not booting, using option key leads to three beeps
I was offered the above described MBP at a fair price with the hint, it may be defect / broken.
The current owner told me, that a SSD was inserted and after a while the MBP does not boot any longer - it is just showing blinking question mark.
I advised to hold down option after powering up the MBP and he told me, then 3 beeps can be heard and nothing happens ( more or less ).
He agreed that little bit of water was spilled on the MBP, but it was running without any problems until last week or so.
I would assume logic board is broken or is on its way to !&&*, but maybe someone has an idea on this failure.
I am working on servers and I have seen a lot of times RAM modules failing after a couple of years and I have read about weal and broken HDD cables especially in 13" MBPs.
So, any suggestion? Should I take it?
Thanks in advance,
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Unless the price for it is something you can afford to take a woman on a date for or go to the pub with, RUN. If working on these things is what you are comfortable doing you wouldn't be on here asking what the odds of the gamble are. Many of us on here have stacks of bad motherboards and other components. If he agreed on a little water damage, I would count on a lot of soda pop instead.
Stone I apologize if I offended you with my 1st comment, that was not my intent. Based off your further communication I believe you have a firm grasp of what u r up against. If it were on my table. I would properly clean the motherboard & try firing it up with a different upper case - if available - and an external monitor - to save time - prior to putting it back together and/or trusting that something in the upper case is not causing the problem.
no need to worry :-)
I know how some questions do sound and sometimes I am thinking myself "how has this been taken" or "how would I take that question".
I am an electrical technician, but for the last 20 years I am working on tube amps, only ... and sometimes on MBPs and other integrated circuits.
Now I am working as an systems administrator, but I do have 15 years of general hardware knowledge built up by my job.
Hopefully the MBP will arrive next days.
I have a similar approach in mind: removing RAM modules, cleaning the slots, refitting one of the modules (should be two 2GB ones), testing for beeps, if I have success refitting the second module, testing for beeps, if I have success, trying to boot, if not bootable, trying to boot by USB drive, if it works, trying to boot from the USB drives disk (installed to MBP), if it is working, ok, if not, changing the cable.