5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 18, 2010 12:30 PM by NA Smith
Quicksmile2010 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi dear friends !
I have a new problem with my macbook 13 aluminum, I bought it in Dec 2008!
some times the screen goes black unexpectedly and if I move the screen screen it flushes rapidly and after 3-4 seconds goes back to its normal condition! what do you suggest guys !? How can I fix this problem ? do you know anything about the technology of this macbook's LCDs ?! I want to fix it by myself. do you think that the problem is with the inverter cable ? If yes how can I replace it ?!

A1278, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Quicksmile2010 Level 1 (0 points)
    there is no answer for my problem in apple discussion site ? ! oh my god !
    my problem is getting worst ! it goes black and I have to put pressure to the screen to comes back !! I thought that apple products have good quality ! what a big mistake !
  • Jerry Span Level 1 (0 points)
    I have close to the same problem. It will randomly go black and then I have to move the screen to find the perfect spot. Once in that spot it can't move.
    It was fixed while under warranty, they replaced screen. Happened after warranty and now I am stuck...
  • MartinSk Level 1 (0 points)
    We are seeing almost the same problem -- its sounds alot like the problem people used to have with the nVidia 8600 chips. Have you heart anything?

    Our 13" machine has started turning black once in a while...
  • lewpaker Level 1 (0 points)
    i know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    buy a virson of windows 64 bit fully installed that what i did and works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • NA Smith Level 2 (345 points)
    Hi - I have the MacBook Pro 13" (5,5) and I experienced this issue. Terrifying! For a second I thought the LED died. Seeing the the dark screen & "breathing lamp" twigged me to the fact that Sleep was now a default. I hit the Space Bar and the mac woke a bit but it's like hitting Snooze - it went right back under.

    Next I Powered-On and decided to boot to my Bootcamp install of Windows. I held down alt/option. While holding down the alt/option the screen came on and I let it sit for 5 minutes before selecting to boot the Vista side. I was happy to see the screen hardware functional for 5 minutes - since twice now under OSX AND under Windows, the screen went dark after about 2 minutes. Vista booted, screen was on until the final moment (and Vista booted perfectly well) but the display again goes dark! The keyboard lit up (dark room) under Vista. I pressed the Brightness keys - nothing (but I could make the keyboard go bright and dark). Under Vista IT DID NOT SLEEP! I hit Power and it shut down properly.

    I called Apple. It turns out that MacBook Pros have an issue with the NVIDEA chips (going back to 2008 - current) where the chip blacks out the screen at certain temperatures / in my case when the machine is cold. Apple will replace your NVIDEA chip if they have a look at your MacBook and prove the issue. No charge (except inconvenience and lost time).