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When I open the lid from my MacBook, occasionally (not always) it will just show a black screen and a cursor, and the hard drive is spinning, but the log on dialog will never show up. Sometimes it shows up after a minute or two, sometimes it doesn't, so I close the lid - wait five seconds - and try again.

Does this sound like an issue anyone has heard of before?

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I've had this happen too. Solutions that occasionally work:

  • Close the lid, wait for the 'sleeping' light pulses from the front of the laptop, then reopen and try again.
  • Type my password (I have password protected sleep/screensaver) and hit enter blind.
  • Wait a few minutes
  • Sleep the computer by hitting the power button once (not holding it down), then waking it up.
  • Swearing profusely

Solutions that almost always work:

  • Force rebooting.
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+1 Me too! Especially the swearing. And it rarely works (I suspect the Mac's audio-in is still asleep at this point). Briefly blipping the power button works fairly often, though. –  robsoft Aug 27 '10 at 8:23
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Yeah, I've had this issue very occasionally on my MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, I've never found a reliable solution to it. Normally I simply killed the machine and rebooted. I've always suspects it's simply an issue of the hardware/software not syncing up quite right on wake, which is something that can and does frequently happen on all manner of Mac and PC hardware.

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Ditto, unfortunately. –  Fishtoaster Aug 26 '10 at 19:11
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This often happened with my 2006 Macbook running OSX 10.4 (Tiger), but then went away entirely once I upgraded OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

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I have a MacBook with Snow Leopard and sometimes this is happening to me too.
Usually I just close the lid again, wait a minute or such for the light to begin to pulse, open the lid again and then everything works normally.

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