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Hey guys,

My 2009 MBP would have problems shutting down or restarting. On a shutdown, it would appear to off, black screen and no lights, but if you tried pressing the power button nothing happened. I had to hold the power button to turn it completely, then press it again to startup.

Restarts had the same behaviour, it would get to a black screen and I would have to hold the power button and then press it again to startup.

I ended up taking this MBP back for another problem, and they replaced it with a 2011 MBP (since I had recurring logic board that failed a few times).

Anyway, I swapped the SSD from my old mac into the new one, and I have the exact same behaviour!!

Seems to be some corrupt settings or something. So I booted from a Mac installation disc, wiped my hard drive and reinstalled the OS, then I restored from Time Machine, and unticked the option to restore settings.

I want to also add, that my backlit keyboard isn't working either.

I tried resetting the SMC, but the power light on my charger didn't cycle orange/green, so I'm not sure if it worked. I tried multiple time, following Apple instructions.

I also reset the PRAM, which did work.

So now I'm stuck. Any ideas?

Cheers.
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Try putting a regular HD in it for a little while to isolate the SSD. If you problem goes away, it could be a hardware issue with the SSD. Sounds like more than bad luck. Run it with a clean install without migrating your software or data back. If that is symptom free for a while. Start loading your data back on. If that is symptom free, wipe the SSD and run that super clean as well.

Of course the SSD could be damaging your logic board, in which case you may want to take it out, get your lb fixed and leave SSD out or get it replaced.

Unticking the option to restore settings doesn't really do much, so that was not a great test.
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I tried that too, it runs fine with a fresh OS on the SSD, so it's not that.
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Oh, well then it's your OS. You have to rebuild your software setup without the migration assistant. Use migration assistant to move your data only. Install apps fresh and avoid anything that would install itself too closely to the system such as Anti-virus software and always-on utilities. Rebuild your system just a bit at a time with only the priority apps. You may never see the problem again.
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In general, some computers that have trouble shutting down are having a network issue. Make sure you isolate that.
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I found the problem, when I used Multibeast (installer for Hackintosh's, I used it to install a next for a USB3 card), I accidentally installed the FakeSMC.kext. That was fucking around with the real one. I removed it and it's all good now.
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Kool. Next time, don't do that.
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I fixed it myself.
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