Screen goes black and then comes back on, while in use.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by scotty91, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. scotty91 macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2007

    Recently my Air (2.13ghz Rev C) has been acting very strange, while I am using it the screen will sometimes randomly turn off (and music will stop playing in iTunes if playing) and then turn on again 2 or 3 seconds later. It doesn't happen all of the time, but it can happen in intervals 5 or 10 minutes apart. It is as if the machine is going to sleep randomly and then waking back up almost instantly?
    I have just done a full format and reinstall of Snow Leopard and it is still happening.

    Anyone had a similar issue or have any ideas?

  2. stoconnell macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2009
    Rockville (Despite REM's plea.)
    Have you tried the standard troubleshooting steps of resetting the SMC and/or PRAM:

    SMC ==
    PRAM and NVRAM ==

    Are you seeing this issue while on battery or plugged in? Do you see anything in the system logs (/var/log/system.log) that looks suspicious prior to the events.

    If the SMC/PRAM tricks don't help, it could be a hardware issue. Have you tried running the diagnostics on the machine? Or it might time to engage support.
  3. bigdreams macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2010
    Screen goes black and then comes back on, while in use.

    I have a Macbook Air SSD and have this problem too. It's been happening since I got it in June. It happens constantly whether plugged in to the power source or using the battery. It often doesn't come back up without some action on my part.

    I troubleshot the issue with an Apple Tier 2 Tech who thinks it's the Video Card. We reset the SMC and PRAM with no change. I haven't found any other solution online. If anyone else has please let me know so I don't have to change out the hardware.

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