MacBook Pro. Black screen

#1

When I opened my MacBook Pro, all I saw was a dark screen. Backlight is on and keyboard is on, I think (caps lock lights up at least). Restarted by holding power key, no change. Safe restart (hold Shift) — same thing. Am pretty sure this is a dead hardware issue — off to Apple with it, But thought maybe someone here would have an idea.

#2

Update: I hooked up a second display (HDMI TV) and it works, so pretty clear that it’s the display hardware on the MacBook. I’ll use Duet to set up my iPad as a second display and limp along until I can get it fixed.

Additional suggestions welcome.

#3

I’d try resetting the SMC: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295

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#4

Some models had issues with the display cable. Only fix for that is to replace the cable.

#5

More details here: https://www.macrumors.com/guide/flexgate-macbook-pro-display-issue/

#6

Great answers. Thanks, all.

A week later, it started working again. No apparent reason.

But now it says the battery needs service.

I’ll reset the MPU when I get home but I don’t expect much…