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No screen activity on startup

When I start up my macbook, the screen flashes, and then goes blank. I can hear my hard drive and my fan starting to spool up, what's going on??? is it something I can take care of myself? Thanks everyone

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  • Brian Wakefield May 11, 2010

    Mine does the same thing but if I turn it upside down and/or kind of twist the body(Sometimes it takes both, actually most times it takes both)  it will start up, it sounds like the motor is hitting or binding and stopping inside, and stops then tries again, and again. If I very slightly twist the body, this seems to free up the motor and then it will start. Sometimes it will shut back off until it gets good and warm, then I usually don't have anymore problems until the next start up. If my screen goes black at start up I have to hold down the power button and start all over. Is this the same problem? It seems like just a loose connection inside .

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If these options fail and Apple does not cover you we can generally rework the video circuit on these. Weve seen quite a few with characteristics and failures similar or Identical to Most other Intel based Laptops.

(IE: HP's, Dells, Sonys, Toshibas)..

Good luck!

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Hi wa_flyboy,

I suggest you first do a test to determine if it is your macbook's screen or graphics processor which is at fault. To do this you need to connect an external display to your macbook.

The macbook has a mini-DVI port for connection to external displays. Depending on the connector of the external display you use to do the test, you are either going to need a mini-DVI to DVI adapter (for a DVI display) or a mini-DVI to VGA adapter (for a VGA display). These adapters are sold separately by Apple, see http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?nnmm=browse&mco=669DFFE0&node=home/shop_mac/mac_accessories/displays

If an image is displayed on the external display after you have connected it to your macbook, you know that the screen of your macbook is faulty. In this case it would be an economical option to take the macbook to a repair shop where a technician can determine the faulty component (either one of the following display components of a TFT LCD screen can fail over time; the inverter, the backlight or the cabling). These can be replaced under warranty or they can order new ones if the warranty has expired.

If the external display shows the same symptoms as your macbook's display, it is the macbook's graphics processor which is at fault. I'm sorry to inform you that I think this is the cause of your macbook's display problem. Replacing the graphics processor of your macbook entails replacing the motherboard.
If the macbook is still under warranty I suggest you replace it and let technicians migrate your data from your current macbook's hard disk to your new one.
If the warranty of your macbook has expired, it's a more economical option to buy a new one and migrate your data to the new macbook. This will only cost a few dollars more than the cost of replacing the faulty motherboard (including the service costs of the repair shop to which you take your macbook), but is still more economical seeing as how you get a new machine which has a full warranty.

I hope this is helpful information and thanks for using the FixYa services
Kind Regards

Posted on Feb 13, 2008

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