Sometimes won't power on, only has black screen & power light
Hi! I've got a 15" aluminum Pro that is not behaving. Typically when powered on, the optical makes its startup noise, the screen stays black, and the sleep light glows. The chime noise does NOT sound. Occasionally when I try various things such as reseating/changing the RAM, pulling the battery, etc., I'm able to get it to power on, screen and chime and all, and to act perfectly. When it does this it stays working for most of a day, but just when I think it's "fixed", it goes back to black screen/glowing sleep light mode. I've ruled out AC, battery, memory, and the memory slots.
My first thought is that this machine may have the Nvidia GPU issue, because it is within the range of machines that could potentially have the issue, and that issue is becoming more prevalent in general. However, I've dealt with many of those machines, and they usually do chime and act as if they are working, aside from the black screen, whereas this one goes into the odd mode I've described above, with no chime. There is no external video when it's in this mode, but external video works fine when the machine is working.
Does anyone have any ideas, and does anyone have an opinion as to whether or not this could still be the Nvidia issue? My next step is to replace the DC-in board, but if it seems likely to be the Nvidia issue I'll take it to the Apple store instead (because it's within the 4 year window, and they would replace the board if it qualifies).
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Have you pulled out the optical drive? No chime means that your machine is not passing POST hardware tests. Try removing optical drive.
When you say that the machine works normally then goes back to sleep mode, do you mean after a reboot or during operation?
It didn't make a difference. I've seen a zillion machines with bad or no opticals that would still boot...have you seen a bad optical stop a Pro from booting?
I believe it's generally been when it's first powering on or rebooting. But it may have done it once when it was already on...I don't recall though.
I have never ran into this problem myself. Just a recommendation since you have removed/tested everything else.
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