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?


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.
  • +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

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.

  • Ditto, unfortunately. – Fishtoaster Aug 26 '10 at 19:11

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.


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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