HOLY $%^& I'm freaking out!

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macrumors 6502
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My display on my PB has just stopped working. I can see it faintly and when I connect it to my lcd, i can see it. what happened and what can I do?! I still have apple care.
 

Frisco

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scan said:
My display on my PB has just stopped working. I can see it faintly and when I connect it to my lcd, i can see it. what happened and what can I do?! I still have apple care.
Call Apple Care!
 

jsw

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Your backlight and/or the power supply to it failed, unless you dimmed it unintentionally.

Still under warranty? Call Apple after hitting the Brightness key.
 

Frisco

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You can try to reset the PMU. See Apple's support page. Other than that your computer is screwed and you need to wait until you can get in touch with Apple.

In the meantime backup!
 

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Frisco said:
You can try to reset the PMU. See Apple's support page. Other than that your computer is screwed and you need to wait until you can get in touch with Apple.

In the meantime backup!
that didn't work. yikes!

WildCowboy said:
You did check your brightness settings, right?

def. not the brightness. I thought that at first too, but its soo dimm that you can't really see anything.
 

regan2

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LCD backlight is out or the PMU is down. Happened to my MBP, but was an easy fix at any apple store.

jsw said:
Just to verify - you did press the keyboard buttons to increase brightness (F2 on my MBP) and it didn't work, right?
 

Eniregnat

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In your head.
Since you can sort of see the screen, I recommend backing things up.
If you do have to send it to Apple, you won't have to worry about paying for drive restoration, should something happen in transit or if for some odd reason the Apple techs decide to swap out drives. Otherwise Apple charges... I think $60 bucks if the service is needed and you agreed to it.
 

madmaxmedia

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Actually, if it's a screen issue the power inverter board is probably more likely than the backlight going out. Backlights tend to gradually fade out over time.

(although of course anything is possible)