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

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

  1. tomkom macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    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

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

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

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    How much did you get? Couldn't resist.
     

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