Very dark screen upon starting

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by elli, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. elli macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2006

    I've only gotten my iBook G4 12-inch a couple of weeks ago and it was working fine.However,when I tried start it up awhile ago,the screen is extremely dark even though it is working.I had to squint to try to see my desktop even though the brightness level is at the highest.I even reset the Power Management Unit but there isn't an improvement.Please help. :(
  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    So it slowly gets better, or does it stay dark? My iBook (and even my iMac sometimes) takes a while to warm up occasionally. :)
  4. jocool5 macrumors member


    Dec 12, 2005
    From what you describe it might have been what happened to my powerbook. The backlight(el) went out. Basicaly there is a faint picture and if you hold up a flashlight to it you can see the picture better. My advice is to find the VGA connector find another monitor and make sure everything else is still working.
    The bad news: If it is the above that is the problem, and you don't have the applecare the replacement is spendy. However with applecare i got my powerbook back in 3 days. Hope all goes well
  5. elli thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2006
    It was cold.But I let it on for about 10mins and still no improvements.So I should leave it running for an hour to warm it up?I do have an applecare replacement thingy,I guess I'll just get some help with that.

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