3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 17, 2010 3:35 PM by Lyssa
bizzlec12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Sometimes I will be working on my MacBook and when I have to leave, or something, I will shut it and just let it go into stand-by mode. However, when I open it back up to sign in and use it again, the screen to put my password on won't come on. The screen is black but I know the computer is on because I hear it and I can see the cursor. Am I doing something wrong to cause this?

So far I have just been shutting it down by keeping the power button pressed and restarting my computer. Is this bad for my computer? Is there any other way I can do this without harming my computer?

Note: It doesn't happen every time I close my computer. It also doesn't seem to matter if I move my computer after I close it or not, it will happen both ways.
  • L1ONE Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    I don't know the answer to your question but a little bit of advice and info.

    So far I have just been shutting it down by keeping the power button pressed and restarting my >computer. Is this bad for my computer? Is there any other way I can do this without harming my >computer?


    Very bad for your Mac, or any Computer. When you do this you don't give the system time to do it's magic and make sure it is safe to. Always press the Apple logo in the top menu bar and then Shut Down when you want to shut down.
  • bizzlec12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I suppose I should have clarified. I only resort to shutting my computer down by holding the power button when it freezes. When this happens I have no way to control my computer at all no matter how long I wait for it to do anything. The screen remains black. I figured my only options were to either hold the power button or take out the battery and then restart it.
  • Lyssa Level 6 Level 6 (17,495 points)
    bizzlec12:

    Try disabling the "require password on wake from sleep" option to see if your computer still gets stuck when trying to wake from sleep.

    ~Lyssa