Intermitent Black Screen, keeps falling sleep?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kecuador, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. kecuador macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I just got my first MacBook (a white one) and know nothing about Macs. I have had a couple of instances where my screen goes black - it almost seemed to be because I moved the laptop. I did not pay much attention to it. Yesterday, however, when I tried to start my laptop the screen kept going black. I tried taking out the battery, tried to re-set the PRAM ('tried' is the important word), and re-started it several times with the power button. However the computer would keep giving me a black screen at random times: either when it was just starting, or once the desktop was visible, or even once I started typing an e-mail. Once it went black it seemed to be sleep. I closed the lid, opened it again and the screen would come back for a few seconds then sleep again. Alternatively, sometimes, but only sometimes, the screen would come back for a few seconds if I used the keyboard. I could hear some whirling and then it would stop and the computer would go to sleep (as told by the flashing sleep light). Please help me. I have googled lots of 'black screen' articles but they all seem to be about the screen fading rather than the computer falling sleep/not starting properly. Also I know nothing about Macs so I quickly get lost when operating systems, etc are mentioned. Please be patient. Thank you so so much for your help!
    karen
     
  2. corinhorn macrumors 6502a

    corinhorn

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    Hmmmmm. It seems as if the sensor that determines if your laptop is closed is faulty, hence why it may be going to sleep randomly. If it is still under warrantee I would call Apple: 1-800-APL-CARE.
     

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