LMAO! Leopard install black screen horror...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cossie, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. cossie macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2006
    Leopard arrived in the post last week and I set aside time to install it on my MBP this evening while watching the tennis.

    I install it, and it all goes grand...then i reboot.

    After the reboot, I get the chime, the grey screen with the logo, the little pinwheel spins around...and then a totally black screen. :eek:

    Cue a major freak out with lots of googling and searching all the mac support forums i can find. I ran the Hardware test, reset my pram...still nothing but darkness.

    I then start looking at for the opening times of my local Apple Store, and try to work my Monday around a trip there. I left my MBP alone and sat down defeated and worried... :(

    Then I booted it up one last time, with fingers crossed, to see if it might work.

    No dice.

    Then as I reached across to hit the power button, I accidentally tapped F12 and noticed a tiny flicker of very dark grey on the screen.

    It turns out that somehow the brightness of my display had been completely turned off. :eek:

    So crisis averted! Hence the LMAO in my post title. :)

    I would have felt so dumb if I'd brought it to the Store for the guys there to turn on the brightness...and I work with computers all the time! :eek:
  2. thecartoonguy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2008

    Don't feel bad. My 21 month old was messing with our computer and the same thing happened.
  3. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Umhm. Had to do something to stretch the install to 5 hours, didn't you? ;)
  4. tsvb macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    ha. I set my brightness all the way down and my brother tried to use it and thought he broke it some how.
  5. !on macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2008
    rofl! i has the windows bluescreen for wallpaper. hope i don't encounter the mac version!
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Thanks. Now I have another way to prank my Macbook [Pro] hording friends.
  7. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    Although it's still not good to get one, the Mac equivalent of a BSoD (known as a Kernel Panic) looks much...sexier.

  8. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    Yeah. The Chinese in the bottom really underlines the grand aesthetic expression of a modernistic global society in awe. :)
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    First, I'm glad it was nothing serious! If I had a nickel for every time.... :D

    Second, I'm confused. You're on a MBP, right? You hit the F12 key, right? You saw a flicker on the screen, right? You had your brightness turned off, right?

    On my MBP, the F12 controls the volume, not the brightness, which is F2, all the way across the keyboard from the power button. I know I'm missing something.... what is it? :confused:
  10. cossie thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2006
    F12 controls the widgets on my MBP not the brightness, I just happened to notice a flicker (because one of my widgets is a greyish / white circle) on my screen when I pressed it. F4 and F5 control my volume and as you rightly pointed out F2 (and F3) control the brightness.
  11. shigzeo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2005
    the bottom one is not chinese. korean or vietnamese. definately not chinese
  12. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    its Japanese. i can remember the characters from learning Japanese in the first two years of primary school (elementary). i cant speak it at all i just remember the characters… im amazed i can remember them!
  13. winninganthem macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2008
    Hilarious story hahah :D.

    I used to work at a TV broadcasting place. When my boss was bored, he'd try scare us into making us think things were going wrong by turning off monitors or messing with brightness levels. Awesome :p.


    It's entirely Japanese, but wow, your comment made me chuckle inside :p

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