I have an early 2009 model Macbook running Yosemite. Recently the backlight will flash for a second or two after opening the computer and then go dark. The screen works perfectly fine - only the backlight is on the fritz. I've tried zapping the PRAM (let it chime at least 7 times) and that worked until I closed and reopened my computer again. After that it no longer fixed the issue. I also tried resetting the SMC but still no luck. A friend of mine suggested it might be a hardware issue with the reed switch but I'd like to rule out everything else before taking my computer apart. Thanks for the help!