A Macbook screen goes black randomly, sometimes completely black and sometimes near black (you can still see the GUI).

This happens in OS X Yosemite and also during USB (Mavericks) (Yosemite) install wizards. However the screen remains perfectly bright in the boot selection menu.

You can see it clearly in this video.

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As mentioned in the video the model is Macbook mid 2009.


  • F1 and F2 keys don't affect the brightness levels. However they appear to help to wake up the screen for short periods of time.
  • Battery does not affect the screen state.
  • The screen is always bright during the Boot selection menu.
  • Screen rotation does not affect the display.
  • Display brightness is set to 100% and Power options are set to max with or without battery.
  • The problem started after upgrading Mac OS X Leopard to Yosemite.
  • To eliminate possible 3d party app doing that, start in Safe mode, hold shift key during boot. @bmike , this is not a answer, just troubleshooting :) – Ruskes Apr 5 '15 at 2:20
  • try pressing CTRL+OPT+CMD+T to see if it helps with dark screen. – Ruskes Apr 5 '15 at 2:43
  • @Buscar웃 thanks for your suggestions. Safe Mode behaves just like normal boot (lots of black screens), and CTRL+OPT+CMD+T doesn't seem to do anything so far. – Gabriel Meono Apr 5 '15 at 3:40
  • OK, lets do some hardware test. Hold D key during start up. support.apple.com/kb/PH18765?locale=en_US – Ruskes Apr 5 '15 at 3:47
  • Pressing D or OPT+D only works if the retail DVD is inserted, this message appears after the language selection: Apple Hardware does not support this machine. The DVD that came bundled with the Macbook is Mac OS v 10.5.2 AHT v 3A140 Disc v 1.1 2Z691-6208-A. Could Yosemite destroy the Apple Hardware compatibility? – Gabriel Meono Apr 5 '15 at 5:47

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