Apple MacBook Pro is one of the most powerful laptops on the market. However, there are times when it becomes a cause of annoyance. Indeed, a lot of Mac users have reported that their MacBook Pro screen goes black or unresponsive. This is super annoying as you cannot do anything on your laptop.
If you are one of those who have been affected by the issue, then we have fixes for you. Before we go any further, we have collected two possible causes for this problem below.
Battery issues are one of the most common reasons for why your MacBook Pro screen goes black or unresponsive. Indeed, Apple stated that 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Retina display (between 2015 and 2017) are prone to battery failure issues. If you now have an affected model, make sure you contact Apple to have your battery replaced.
There is a good chance that your MacBook Pro is now having some kind of software problem. Indeed, there are some bugs or glitches that may cause the problem. In this case, try restarting your Mac. To do this, hold down the Power button until your Mac shuts down and then press the Power button again to boot it up.
Check Your Battery
Apple allows you to check if your batteries need to be replaced or not. To do this, click on the Apple menu at the top, then select About this Mac from the drop-down menu, and select System Report. From here, click Power from the left side bar and locate the Health Information section. If your battery condition says “Bad” or “Poor“, contact Apple for a battery replacement.
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In reality, Apple is now launching a free battery replacement program for MacBook Pro models sold between September 2015 and February 2017 due to battery failure issues. If you now have a modern laptop, Apple now charges between $129 and $199 depending on the model.
Use a Keypress Sequence
Some users have reported that using a key sequence helps to fix a Mac that boots into a black screen. So, that’s worth a shot. Make sure you follow the sequence below.
- Press the Power button once to bring up a shutdown dialog box but you won’t be able to see it as your screen turns black.
- Press the “S” button to sleep your Mac and then hold the Power button to force shut down your Mac.
- Now just wait about 15 seconds and press the Power button again to boot up your Mac.
Reset NVRAM or PRAM on Your Mac
If the problem still persists, the next solution is to reset NVRAM or PRAM. NVRAM is a small amount of memory that stores your Mac’s certain settings. Resetting NVRAM or PRAM may do the trick if your Mac’s screen goes black.
To do this, shut down your Mac, then press the Power button and immediately press and hold 4 keys: Option, Command, P, and R. Release those keys when the Apple logo shows up and disappears.
Repair Disk Permissions
If the problem is still present, the next step is to repair disk permissions. In reality, there’s a good chance that you are now running into broken disk permission issues that prevent your Mac from booting up. In this case, you can rely on a third-party app called CleanMyMac, a cool tool that optimizes your Mac and makes it run faster.
All you need to do is to download the app at its website, then open it and head over to Maintenance > Repair Disk Permissions > Run. The app will start scanning your Mac and then fix the problem. Once done, restart your Mac.
If none of the above solutions works for you, then the best shot is to bring your laptop to Apple Support Center.
MacBook Pro Black screen issues are super annoying as you cannot do anything on your laptop. Normally, resetting NVRAM or PRAM may do the trick, but if it does not, contact Apple for support.
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