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MacBook Pro Black screen and shining sleep indicator

Hi everyone, 
I just got a Mac Book Pro. I was using it today and the screen turned black suddenly. The sleep indicator lights keeps shining. I tried to turn it off with the power button, but when it's on, I still have the same black screen and shing sleep indicator.  If you have a solution, please  let me know! I really appreciate it!
Thanks a lot!

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  • liloo Jan 11, 2008

    I already tried it, and it's not working. The screen is still black and the sleeping indicator is shining with an interval of 10 sec I'd say. Do you have another solution to it? 


    Thx a lot!

  • MICHAELJOHN Feb 12, 2008

    MY SCREEN IS ALL WHITE NOTHING COMES UP

  • lizziecasey2 Aug 02, 2008

    i too got a new macbook pro this week and have the same problem in so far as the machine went to sleep suddenly as I was registering the Windows XP on line....it will not boot up.......no idea what the fix is but it appears that this has happened to others before...... I am open to suggestions.

  • pac00 Dec 31, 2008

    i also have mack book pro and after downloading software updates and restarting as instructed I get a black screen. No start up sound but a restore from sleep mode sound. The battery was fully charged and the last download was directly to the hard drive and when I attempted to restart the screen was dark gray so I restarted again and the screen would not come on. I am a a loss and call apple tech support with no answers to resolve problem. Does anyone else have same problem and maybe a recall might be in order due to defective hardware software download. Please advise any help would be great

  • skribbleds Feb 20, 2009

    Got the same problem. Start up sound. Grey screen, apple logo and loading indicator. Then flash to black/blank screen. Help needed. (Can't load safe mode) (Can load single-user mode)

  • mcsellis
    mcsellis Sep 15, 2013

    When booting up, hold down Command 4. Fond the solution in a forum. Guy went to Apple Store. Worked for me! :)

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    MacBook Pro will not turn on when pressing the power button

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Is the battery fully charged? try plugging it in then press the power button again.

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Try holding Cmd+N. It worked for me! :)

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    ceazar buenaventura Nov 29, 2013

    what is this Cmd you are referring to? Is it the ALT, CTRL, or a SHIFT key?

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I Think we can Fix these.. Do Any of you get the startup chime?

Posted on Mar 10, 2008

  • Ken LaDere Mar 11, 2008

    Hard drive failure on the newer units will Chime, Then go to the grey scrren w/out apple logo showing. Otherwise is most likely video chipset related...



    (Check Hdd first).. Post back please...

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Got the same problem the mac book boots to grey screen then it goes black

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SOURCE: 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.
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Posted on Dec 25, 2008

SOURCE: Macbook pro screen boots to black.

Try pulling the battery out then holding the power button for 10 seconds. Put the battery back in.

If not search macbook pro recall apple has extended the warranty on some models due to a bad graphics card.

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