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Display screen black can see faint objects

Our little granddaughter fell on this computer and when we tried to open it and turn it on the screen was black.

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  • razorgolf Nov 22, 2008

    We believe there is a lose connection because we can get the screen to come on for a short time but it goes to sleep very fast.

  • rofay1 Dec 08, 2008

    I put the lid down with the screen still on, and when I came back the screen is blank. I reset it & it still won't come on???


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Broken backlight or lcd screen very expensive repair i'm afraid - does it have a vga out connector? a cheaper option may be an external monitor

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If the new shop was repairing it with respect to the problem of you having no backlight, take it back to them and show them that it is not working and demand that they repair it correctly. Failing that you should really take it to a mac authorised repair shop i.e. an apple store to get it repaired.

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Laptop will not display screen although is turned on.....

I assume you are saying the screen is totally black, not blue. If it is totally black there can be a large number of causes. It is hard to give one simple answer. It could relate to the brighteness of the screen, the display, the logic board, the graphics card or even a problem relating to updating Apple firmware, You could try some simple things first.1) If the lighting on your computer is accidentally turned all the way down, your screen will be black! To turn the brighteness up, push F2 on the top of your keyboard and click until the lighting improves and you see the screen. If your display stays black it could be an indication that you just need a new Display. They do wear out. 2) Another thing to try is to start the computer in Safe mode. As you push the power button hold the shift key down. This can sometimes help resolve issues relating to startups. Also, if your screen stops being black it is an indication there is nothing wrong with your display. 3) You could try resetting the PRAM, This can also help with a startup issue. 4) Some specific models of Macbook Pro computors have issues caused by the NVIDIA graphics card, which Apple knows about and apparently will repair, possibly free of charge. My suggestion if none of this helps is to take it to a Genius bar at an Apple store for them to troubleshoot. That, in itself, costs nothing. Other suggestion search with google for further answers from other Mac owners!

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Try attaching an external monitor to the notebook & see if you will get display on it or not. If this works, then you most probably have a defective or loose LCD screen cable, that need to either be replaced or properly connected.

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Ibook display went black

There's a couple things you can do that may help. Try opening the display to different positiions. Sometimes the display cable inside gets damaged and you may be able to position the display just right to allow the cable to work. This is a long shot but it's woth a try.
The other thing is to press the fn key and press the display brightness control to see if there's any difference in brightness.
The lcd may be ok, but you may be able to replace the inverter for the display (if you think you can open up and do a bit of disassembly and reassembly). If you want help with this let me know.
The displays, inverters, and cables inside are all replaceable and it's considerably less expensive than purchasing a new one. There's several companies that can do the repairs. One is powerbookmedic (dot com). they also have repair how-to guides and videos... if you feel comfortable with do-it-yourself...
There's plenty of parts available for the's a great machine.

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Since the screen does turn on at the login page, I would say that it doesn't seem as though anything is physically wrong with your computer. It sounds to me like it's a software issue. Either get someone to try and reinstall your video drivers or to back-up your documents, files, etc., format the hard drive, and reinstall a fresh copy of Mac OS.

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your backligny is probably off. try "increaseing the brightness" on your screen. on macs that should probably be one of the F-keys at the top of your keyboard. I think brighter is F2 or Fn + F2 or somethinglike that. just find the symbol. Do this while your laptop is plugged in to make sure it's not just dimming you screen to save battery.

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My screen has gone black on my macbook

  1. Disconnect any devices connected to the computer including printers, hubs, and third-party keyboards or mice, and test the computer again by trying to turn it on.
  2. Press the control key, the command key, and the power button simultaneously and hold for three seconds to try to restart the computer.
If that does not work :
Reset the PRAM and NVRAM
  1. Shut down the computer.
  2. Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command, Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously in step 4.
  3. Turn on the computer.
  4. Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys. You must press this key combination before the gray screen appears.
  5. Hold the keys down until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound for the second time.
  6. Release the keys.
Your computer's PRAM and the NVRAM are reset to the default values. The clock settings may be reset to a default date on some models.

If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe

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Dear Yagerrd, This is a bugger that plagues many a Mac owner with children.  It is not known how the little tykes seem to get just the right button combination, but they seem to do it with remarkable ease.  Sit him in front of the Powerbook for a half hour and...just kidding.  Here's your solution:
Go to the System Preferences underneath the Blue Apple in the upper left of the screen.  Then, just open the Universal Access preference pane (yes, that is PANE, like window pane) and you will be under the "seeing" tab.  Look down the window to DISPLAY and right under the word "Display" will be a little radio button that says Black on White.  Click on that and you should be set to go!
If for some odd reason, this is not the solution, please right back and someone will assist you further, okay? Sincerely, Jeffrey Wrobel

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