Mac seems to work but has blank screen

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Flatfoot75, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Flatfoot75 macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2008
    When finished, I normally put my mac into standby mode instead of turning the power off. Last night, I did the same. When I tried to power on today it seems like my mac is working (the buttons beep when pressed and hear the hardrive), however, the screen is blank (never turned on). I BELIEVE if I can actually turn my mac off and on again it may fix it, however, I have already tried taking the battery out and putting back in to no avail and I think everytime I try by pressing the power button it goes into standby mode. Is there a way i can force my mac to turn off instead of going into stanby mode by pressing certain buttons since I can't see the screen? Or any other recommendations?
    Thanks in advance for your help!
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You don't need the screen, anyway!
    "Your eyes can deceive you. Don't trust them. Stretch out with your feelings"
    "Use the Force, Luke."

    (press and hold the power button for about 5 seconds and it should turn off, rather than hibernate.)
  3. Flatfoot75 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2008
    Thanks GG, unfortunately neither of those ideas worked. Is there some sort of key combo that turns the screen on or off or something? I have a cat and he may have walked on the keyboard and messed with it.
  4. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    There should be buttons on the f keys that control the brightness (the big sun makes it brighter, little sun dimmer).

    But holding the power button does force it to turn off. That’s not just on Macs either. It doesn’t do a proper shut down, but if you hold it for ~5 seconds (if that doesn’t work, hold it longer) it cuts the power.

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