Is it on or not?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iBoy111, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. iBoy111 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2006
    I'm not sure if my macbook is on or not! It isn't turning on and the the screen is completely black, however, the white light at the front edge of the computer turns on when I fold the mac so that it closes.

    How do I turn it on (if its not already on) and get it working?

    It's completely new so there shouldn't be any problems with it.
  2. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Try just pressing a key or something. It might need to wake up the screen. Also make sure the backlight is turned right up. FN+F2 should turn it up, or F2...

    Ah you make me laugh...
  3. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    More than likely, it had kernel panic before the backlight of your display came on. You can check by shining a flashlight through the Apple on the back or see if you can see the screen contents in a well lit area.

    To reboot, press and hold the power button til the led light turns off. Then press the power button again to boot it up. OS X may tell you it had problems where you can then forward a report to Apple.

    In any case, I would suggest you call Applecare.
  4. iBoy111 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2006
  5. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    make sure your monitor isn't set to shut off before the screen saver starts. if it is, then obviously you'll never see your screen saver as your monitor will be off before you get a chance to.

    that's my shot at a diagnosis.
  6. iBoy111 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2006
    Good Idea, I'll check! But where can I check the time it takes for the screen to shut off?
  7. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Did you try hitting F2 a few times like Killyp suggested to make sure the backlight isn't turned off? It'll behave exactly as you describe if that's the case.

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