MacBook 13'' (late 2008) display turns dark after a few seconds

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tomkom, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. tomkom macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2011

    sice yesterday I'm having this weird problem with my laptop (which until now has worked flawlessly).

    When I turn my computer on or wake it up (by opening the lid or just pressing a random key while the lid is open) the display turns on and works normally for a few seconds, then it goes dark and there's no way to make the display work again other than by closing and re-opening the lid or waiting for the laptop to go to the sleepmode and then waking it up again - then the display turns on for a few seconds and the whole story repeats. Even when the display is dark, the laptop itself works normally - it boots etc.

    Strangely, the display seems to work fine when I boot into the safe mode.

    I though this might be a graphic-card driver issue and re-installed the system, but it didn't help at all.

    Does any of you guys have any suggestions what this could be and if I could fix this on my own? They'd be greatly appreciated!

    PS: below is my hardware overview

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook4,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MB41.00C1.B00
    SMC Version (system): 1.31f1
  2. tomkom thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2011
    Resetting the SMC seems to have sold the problem.

    Thanks for your help, Andrew Wolczyk!!!
  3. eman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2007
    In the great white north
    How much did you get? Couldn't resist.

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