4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 15, 2012 1:13 AM by macbooksos
macbooksos Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

So shes old yes but not overused. Shes fallen off the bed a few times but that never stopped anything before. Just used for internet mainly. The battery is full and still charges, the power button turns the light on the front to say shes on but nothing happens on the sceen. Just black. I cant hear the strart up chime either. I tried resetting the SMC and had a look on this forum to see if there is anyone out there who can help me? I just feel that if there is  light then maybe she can be revived lol!! ;)

MacBook, iOS 5.0.1, circa 2008
  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (42,190 points)

    A number of problems could result in a dark display. If its backlight is inoperative or dark you should still see a very faint image under a strong light. Do you see anything at all? If so you might be able to fix this by resetting your NVRAM.


    Try starting from your original System Install DVD: start the MacBook while holding the c key.


    Do you have another Mac? You could use FireWire Target Disk Mode to mount its internal HD for the purposes of repairing it.

  • FireStormBravo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Probably the backlight.  As the guy above me said--reset the NVRAM and try looking at the screen in very strong light (such as a flourescent desk lamp perhaps).  But I personally wouldn't recommend doing anything fancy to it because if you screw it up on accident Apple's less likely to help you (especially with a 2008 MacBook). 


    The GeniusBar can use an Ethernet cable to boot a blank OS.  If the problem persists on the blank OS, Apple will know that it's a hardware problem and you'll have to pay to fix it.  Or try doing it yourself I guess.  But if it's a software problem just hope to God that there's some way to back up your stuff.  Apple might have ways to recovery your documents, photos, etc for you.  Anything with software they will do for free.  As long as they like you that is .

  • misato Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same Macbook and a similar problem! I tried to switch it on this morning and it loads to a grey screen with the little white light flickering at the front - before suddenly going black. Did you have any luck fixing it?

  • macbooksos Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for all the suggestions and advice. Resetting th NVRAM hasnt helped unfortunately and i cant see anything on the screen even under a light. I think  ill have to bite the bullet and see what the genius has to say.