MacBookPro bug: reboot on closing the lid

by Uche Ogbuji

One reason I'm looking forward to Leopard is that unfortunately I'm a victim of the bug where my MacBook Pro 17" occasionally reboots when I close the lid. Most of the time things are OK, but once a month or so I close the lid and I hear the "bong" chime of the computer restarting. When I open it back up (either right away or after a while) it starts back up as if I'd powered it on. Needless to say I lose any unsaved work, which has caused me to be even more annoyed at software that does no auto-save such as TextMate. It seems to happen in clusters, a few times in a few days, then fine again for another few weeks or so. Anyway here's hoping Apple has a handle on this one either in Leopard, or in the hardware update to the MBP line that came out a couple of months ago. I'm provisionally happy enough with mine that I'm irrationally eyeing the 1920x1600 and 4GB RAM options in the latest (though the high res is apparently not available with the glossy screen. What's up with that?).

Anyway, other references to the closed lid reboot bug:

* MacBook restarts when closing the lid
* MacBook Restarts when put to sleep

Update: s/Tiger/Leopard/g. Can't keep the big cats straight.


Frank Mantek
2007-08-16 23:17:37
Frank Mantek
2007-08-16 23:17:48
M. David Peterson
2007-08-17 22:39:35
I've been hit with this same bug on my 15 inch MBP. It's only happened once or twice, but none-the-less you're not alone.

2007-08-17 23:19:49
Maybe I'm old fashion. I would never close the lid with unsaved work.
M. David Peterson
2007-08-18 01:11:53

>> Maybe I'm old fashion. I would never close the lid with unsaved work. <<

Either that or abnormal. The reason why I switched to Mac a few months back was because I came to the realization over the last few years that Mac's were designed as tools for humans not tools for computers. In other words they were designed around what humans do, not what computers do. And humans close their laptop lids w/o saving their work ahead of time. Why shouldn't we? Computers are _supposed_ to work for us, not the other way around.

2007-08-18 07:30:36
Got the same bug
2007-09-04 17:51:32
You may want to check out:

Explains that this is due to moving the Mac immediately after closing the lid. I have the same problem, and will see if this caution works. It apparently is in the manual! (But who ever reads that these days?)