PowerPC :: Black Screen When Powered On?

Oct 28, 2006

I recently have been having start up problems, when I would hit the power button I would sometimes hear a healthy startup and everything would boot up and then I just get a black screen and you can still tell it has power. I would start and restart untill it would boot. Now the only way the machine will start is if I unplug the moniter cord and plug it back in then it will start.

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PowerPC :: Screen Went Dark Gray But Not Powered Off And It Won't Boot?

Aug 31, 2010

I have an old PowerBook G4 that my son uses for simple stuff. One day the screen went dark gray (not powered off) and it won't boot. When I try to boot from a Tiger disk, I get what appears to be a kernel panic. I don't get any strange startup beeps

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PowerPC :: Load Up The Blue Screen With The Apple Logo, But Then The Screen Goes Black Or Flickers?

Feb 4, 2008

I am looking at purchasing an Ibook G4 but the description of the item includes this:"When you switch it on it begins to load up i.e. the blue screen with the Apple logo, but then the screen goes black or flickers. Said friend has kindly wiped the hard drive for me so now when you switch it on it makes the �opening� noise then you get a blue screen with alternating �?� and the Finder logo."

I have a feeling this may have been a temporary fault with the screen connector being loose and possibly damaged.But i assume the alternating "?" and the "finder logo" is simply a lack of OS?

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PowerPC :: IBook Screen Not Working At Startup / Screen Remains Black

Apr 30, 2007

My iBook will not display anything on its screen. Rather, it just remains black. One time, the screen did come on, but then shortly after booting, it flickered a lot and then went black again. A year ago, something similiar happened and when I took it to be serviced (when I had AppleCare), they had to send it away and have a new logic board installed. Now this machine is out of warrenty and and I am not sure what to do, or even if it is the same problem. Any suggestions?? Thanks!

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PowerPC :: Powerbook Screen Goes Black

Dec 21, 2006

I've got an older 15" powerbook running Mac OS X 10.3.9 (i think). Lately my computer screen randomly turns itself off, the whole think going black, like it was asleep or off, but the computer keeps running just fine. Like i might have itunes playing or be burning a disc and that goes on just fine. The computer itself stays running. What I've been doing is putting the computer to sleep by closing the notebook, letting it rest for a few seconds and turning it back on by opening it back out. This fixes the problem for anywhere from 5 seconds to indefinitely, until it happens again. Lately its been happening more. The computer is 4 years old, but the model itself, probably 5.

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PowerPC :: Won't Work With G4 / Screen Goes Black

Jun 28, 2010

I just bought a PowerBook G4 off of craigslist today. 1.67GHz G4 processor, 15" screen, etc etc. The battery shows 99%, and when I unplug it I can count one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi, four.. oops, it's dead. In the menu bar I can see it recognizing that it's switched to battery a split second before the screen goes black.

An excerpt from System Profiler, leading me to believe the battery is fine:
Battery Installed: Yes
First low level warning: No
Full Charge Capacity (mWh): 3615
Remaining Capacity (mWh): 3587
Amperage (mA): 0
Voltage (mV): 12494
Cycle Count: 274

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PowerPC :: PowerBook Boots To Black Screen?

Sep 10, 2010

It's a PowerBook G4, 15" model A1046, and this is what's going on.

Powers on, checks combo drive, gongs, no flickering or lighting on screen, period.

Tried a PRAM reset several times but it NEVER gongs a second time. I tried booting to Open Firmware and typing mac-boot, blind, but nothing. The keyboard clearly works, as the caps lock light works.

The hard drive spins up, the fans run at normal speeds, so everything else is clearly functional.

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PowerPC :: IBook G4 Screen Goes Black - Shuts Down

Nov 27, 2006

My wife has a three-year old iBook G4 and yesterday while she was doing some work, the screen just went black. By the time she brought it to me the machine was shut down. I hit the power button and it started to boot up, but about five seconds later it shut itself down again.

I kept playing with it and I was able to get back in to OS X and I played with it for a few minutes and all seemed fine. I then shut the screen and put it to sleep, then when I tried to wake it back up it shut itself down once again.

After a few more tries of getting it back in to the OS I was able to get all her files off the hard drive, but the problem is still there.

My guess is that it's the logic board, but that's just a guess.

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PowerPC :: 10.5.3 - IBook Black Screen On Bootup

Jun 5, 2008

Just bought a used ibook G4 from ebay for my sister and was giving it the once-over. did a software update and installed 10.5.3 (no backup first!). It installed ok, but after restarting it just sits on a black screen and goes nowhere. It plays the on chimes and churns the DVD drive, but then nothing. BTW, the computer didn't come with any installation discs

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PowerPC :: IBook Not Powering On - Screen Went Black

Jul 24, 2008

I was using my ibook just now, when suddenly, the screen went black, as if it were sleeping. I don't know if it was sleeping, but it would not wake up. I turned it off, and tried to turn it back on. But when it comes on, I just hear the fan. The apple logo does not light up. I'm not sure what's wrong.

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PowerPC :: Screen Started To Flash For About A Second And Then Went To Almost Black?

Feb 8, 2009

I have a 15" Powerbook G4 that is about 4.5 years old. Last night the screen started to flash for about a second and then went to almost black. (there is a very very faint image remaining of the screen)... from surfing some forums, it sounds like this could have something to do with the backlight or the inverter (whatever that is?).

The powerbook seems to be working fine otherwise, I was able to connect it to my 30" (which was amusing) to archive all data off of it, so nothing was lost. Techtool diagnostics all ran fine (nothing in there to repair a display).

I suppose the basic question is if anyone knows much about what the problem is - and if its worth investigating repair vs just diving in and buying a new one...some additional info found on Apples boards, but still curious if anyone has opinions/insight towards the cost and trouble of this repair:My screen looks black, but I can see very faint graphics on it

Symptoms of this are a dark screen, but everything else seems to be running. If you get in close with a flashlight, you can usually see the image faintly.

If your backlight isn't working, the inverter may be bad. Other parts that may be bad are the display or the logic board. If your backlight fails intermittently while moving the display, the problem is with the inverter cables. Otherwise it is impossible to test for damaged parts without replacing them one by one. If you are comfortable taking apart the display assembly, replace the display inverter first, then replace the LCD. If you are not comfortable with this, you can replace both parts at once by replacing the display assembly (which contains both components). If this still doesn't solve your problem, you need a new logic board.

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PowerPC :: Powerbook Options - Rebooting A Black Screen?

Aug 19, 2008

recently my powerbook g4 has been doing some funny things. ..--Sometimes it won't turn on when pressing the button but eventually it will. --The computer would not book up earlier and would just stay on a white screen, like the white screen you normally get when booting but without the apple logo.--When my computer eventually booted it worked for a couple of mins and then the screen went a tinted black colour and a box came up in the middle of the screen saying i need to reboot (the box had a power logo for the background)--Then i rebooted and as i was rebooting a black screen came up with lots of writing in white. A bit like on a windows pc.

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PowerPC :: IMac G5 Failing To Recognize New Hdd - Only Black Screen

Jan 3, 2009

I have an rev. A iMac G5 that was purchased in January of 2005. The applecare has long expired. However, in May of 2008 due to factory defect Apple replaced the logic board, power supply and super drive [URL]. In December 2008 after experiencing problems with my hard drive I took my computer to the apple store. There they said it was dying and it would be cheaper to replace it myself. After purchasing a seagate hdd [URL] my computer won't recognize it. It stays at the black screen while the power light glows. After a few minutes the fans kick in at full force. I tested the hdd in another iMac G5 rev. B and it works fine. Any ideas on what the problem is or how to resolve it?

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PowerPC :: IBook Clamshell With Black Marks On Screen?

Feb 21, 2009

A friend of mine has an ibook clamshell with black marks on the screen. He sent me a picture but I really can't tell if it is a broken screen or pixels or something else.

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PowerPC :: PowerBook G4 Won't Start Up No Sound Black Screen?

Jun 15, 2010

I have this powerbook from 2005 and no problems up to now..ohhh no!

A couple of days ago started to occasionally make a clank clank noise and getting stacked on the spinning colour circle, only manual restart would do it.

Thought it might be the hard disk as it is a bit old and i never replaced anything on it, shacked it and a noise of something loose would happen, so i thought of opening it up and see if i could reattach anything loose....anyway i started unscrewing following instructions, couldn't get memory out...every screw seems different and so i gave up, put it all back together, praying that the screws are all in their right places and hey, now it wont even start, not a loose sound when shaken though, but not a bip not a light, black screen, nothing...only sign of life is the green light under the num block key and the capitals arrow also starts light

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PowerPC :: 15" Powerbook G4 Black Screen With Popup Message?

Jul 21, 2008

This happened literally overnight a few months ago, and I'm finally getting around to assessing the problem.

This is a 15" Powerbook G4 Model # A1095

I turned it on one morning, and a black screen appears with the following message:

Apr 1 03:19:57 launchd: can't exec /bin/sh for single user: No such file or directory

I have the Software Install Restore Discs 1 & 2.

When I insert Disc 1, I hold down the C key, and the info pops up beautifully. I get really happy at this point. The steps it shows me are as follows:

Read Me
Select Destination

I am able to get up to the "Select Destination" portion, where it asks me to "Select a destination volume to install the Mac OS X software"

However, there is nothing listed, so I cannot move on to the next step.

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PowerPC :: IBook G4 - Blue Screen With Black Box Asking To Restart Computer

Feb 8, 2009

Everytime I turn it on I get a black box asking to shut down or restart the mac. I have managed to get it to turn on to powersave and managed to update the software. Thought it might help but just made it worse - it won't boot up at all now past an apple symbol with a little swirly thingy underneath (I apologise now for my lack of intelligence when it comes to computers/knowledge/names of things!) The first time I managed to boot the computer up it came up with the grey screen and a little folder flashing between a face and a question mark which I assume meant it couldn't find anything but that appears to have gone away now. I bought this computer new from Apple about 2 - 3 years ago and no disks were provided with it.

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PowerPC :: EMac Screen Goes Black With Vertical Violet Line?

May 28, 2009

Continues to run but screen is off. Will sometimes come back on after a few minutes. Works fine after unplugging and letting sit for a while.

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PowerPC :: Ibook 2002 With Black Screen...how To Get System Profile

Jul 26, 2009

bought old 12-in. ibook A1005/2002 (I assume G3) at yard sale today. screen is black, but hard drive mounts in target disk mode on my eMac, working well! how can i get system info for the ibook in target disk mode? all i see is the it's running 10.4.11, hard drive size and used/free space. i'd like to know RAM, CPU speed, etc. secondly, what could be wrong? boots up with chime, no fan/other noise, stays on and keyboard lights work, but screen is black.

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PowerPC :: Unable To Start Powerbook / Screen Went Black And Will Not Respond

Aug 31, 2009

I was just using my powerbook G4 12" when it "clicked", the screen went black and it will not respond. the power cable light is on, and I've tried another battery, but it does not turn on! the little light on the latch button that glows usually, is not on. What has happened to my Powerbook????! I don't have applecare but I imagine I will be calling Apple this morning unless someone can help here

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PowerPC :: IMac G5 1.6 Start Up - Screen Remain Black - Fan Goes Into Overdrive

Oct 27, 2009

I am currently experiencing problems booting up my imac 17-inch, 1.6GHz (2004 model I think). When I hit the power button the machine starts but the screen rmains black and after about 3 mins of this, the fan goes into overdrive! The only way I can turn the computer on at the moment is to remove the casing and use the on switch located inside the the machine, although this is no guarantee it will work, sometimes it does but the majority of times it will be the same black screen as before. All I am waiting to hear is the part in the top corner (hard drive~?) to click into gear and then it's fine, and the machine seems to work perfectly. But this is not a solution and I fear it is only a matter of time before the machine just explodes altogether

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PowerPC :: Screen Not Working Fine At Startup / Screen Stays Black On Startup

Apr 5, 2007

My brother's iBook G4 (I think it's a 2003 model) has a problem with the screen. When the computer is turned on, the screen stays black, although the backlight is on (the apple glows). Sometimes, on start up, the screen works normally for a random amount of time before going fuzzy and then black again.

Any ideas on how to fix this? Is it likely to be a problem with the hardware in the actual computer, or just the screen? Or is it a software thing?

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PowerPC :: When The Machine Is Powered On, There Are A Few Seconds Of Static?

Jan 6, 2009

I have a G5 / no iSight iMac. There is rumor that a power surge occured. When the machine is powered on, there are a few seconds of static, sounds a bit like pink noise, coming out of the internal speakers. After that, it will boot properly, and there's an occasional static sound. If there is no RAM in the machine, it obviously won't boot, but there is no static at all. Just that "tone" signaling the absence of RAM. Any ideas?

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PowerPC :: IBook Not Recognizing Charger - Not Getting Powered

Feb 3, 2009

I have an snow iBook G3 that I use everyday as my machine for doing schoolwork etc., so it is a very critical machine. The battery doesn't hold a charge anymore, so I just plug it in. No big deal. However, just a few hours ago the iBook started to not recognize it was plugged in. The prong has always been bent a bit, I think, and it always worked (before MagSafe type). The charger is beat up at the cord going into the power brick from the wall outlet, but it has always worked too and it seems to be a problem with the prong going into the computer. I have to hold it a very certain way for it to even detect power. So, the machine has NO way to get any power. I was thinking about taking it in to the Apple store to see if they could still get me a non-magsafe charger, but what if its something different then the charger?

The specs are as follows:
12 inch iBook
PowerPC G3
500 mhz
128 gb RAM

I have a Vista laptop I can use until its fixed, but I'd rather not use Windows. No speical prgrams or anything, I just really like Mac OSX. I have files on the iBook, too.

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PowerPC :: Powered USB Hub Won't Work - Not Even Pigtail Wire

Feb 26, 2009

I have a 15" PowerBook G4 1.33 Ghz and I discovered that the provided USB ports do not power such devices as portable hard drives or audio interfaces.

So I heard that you need a POWERED USB hub.

I get one, Plug it in. And the PowerBook still doesn't recognize my external hard drive.

My hard drive has two wires on the opposite side from the enclosure that connect to female USB ports. I run an extension cord from one of the males to the other USB port on the PowerBook which is said to work but that also does nothing.

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MacBook :: Screen Is Very Dark When Powered Up?

Jun 15, 2012

My MacBook has suddenly gone dark. It charges fine and the battery lights show there's charge. The screen is very dark when powered up? When I turn the brightness down fully, then go to turn it up the screen lights up for a second then goes again?

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MacBook Air :: Will Not Bootup To Login Screen When Powered Up

Jun 3, 2014

will not boot up to log in screen when powered up, all I get is a grey screen with apple logo in middle and spinning timer

I have tried resetting SMC

I have tried starting up in Safe Mode (it won't do that either)

I have gotten into disk utility to repair disk

I have tried resetting PRAM

nothing... we are on a network in a school district so my next step is to re-image it but wondering if there is something else I should try first

if not then how do I backup files that are needed before I re-image

MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)

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MacBook Pro :: Totally Blank Screen After Sound When Powered On

Dec 12, 2014

When I power on, my macbook pro does nothing (blank screen) after the sound. 


-Macbook Pro Retina 13' (Mid 2014) 256GB SSD, i5, 8Gig RAM
-Yosemite (10.10) 

I tried to install Windows 8.1 using bootcamp assistant on Yosemite. After installing Windows 8.1, it asked me to restart.

When I restarted it stuck on blank screen. I've heard the startup noise but nothing happened. I tried many startup key combinations such as; Command(Alt), cmd+R,cmd+V,T, but the screen is always blank. Although the screen light is, on the screen is totally blank.

I did resetting SMC, and also I did cmd+alt+P+R (I've heard 4 times startup sound) but the screen is always blank. Nothing happens. I can only shut down by pressing the power button for 4 seconds. As a result when I power on, I hear the sound but nothing happens. Nothing on the screen.    

What I did before was: The system is a brand new mac. I bought it 1 week ago.

1- I tried to install windows 8.1 using bootcamp. But failed. Because windows installer gave me an error that windows can not be installed on GPT partition.(I have also MacBook Air and MacMini with bootcamp Windows 8.1 working fine.)
2- Then I rebooted using Alt key then booted to MacOSX and deleted the windows part and many combinations. But failed. The error was always the same GPT error.
3- I reinstalled Yosemite tried all the steps but failed with the same error (GPT error)
4- We had another same macbook pro. And we could install windows 8.1 easily.
5- I compared the two machines in windows setup. The problematic mac had first partition labelled EFI.
6- Then after a few hours. I tried to install again. And saw that the EFI label was gone!. But I don't know how this is happened.
7- I was happy and started to install windows. After installing the system gone!!.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Yosemite (10.10), 13' 256GB SSD 8GB RAM i5 (Mid 2014)

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Jun 27, 2014

On my mid 2007 Aluminum 24" Intel Imac shows nothing but a white screen when powered on even though according to the diagnostic LED lights which are all powered on and green the logic board, video card, and everything else are speaking back and forth to each other perfectly fine.  Does this mean the LED screen is bad or (from what I've read) is it a possibility the hard drive is bad? I know the optical drive is bad and will not spit out any discs. The #1 reinstallation disc for the OS is stuck inside right now. Before I order a new screen, inverter, and optical drive I figured I should ask in here to see if it is just bad hard drive or something else. Wouldn't the LED diagnostic lights tell me if the hard drive was bad?

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Feb 3, 2012

Desktop restart shows flickering black/white screen, then black. Could not restart.

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