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My MacBook doesn't start anymore

You come home and open your laptop to watch a series. The screen remains black, even when you press the on/off button again. Before you go into panic mode, there are a number of solutions you can try. Perhaps it's not a big problem. Just go trough these possibilities first.

Exclude display problems

MacBook screen

Maybe the screen is causing the problem. You want to exclude that first, but how do you go about this? No sweat. Simply press the on/off button and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you hear a start sound?
  • Do you hear a fan or a hard drive?
  • Do you see the shutter LED light up?
  • Does the Caps Lock key on the keyboard light up when you press it? Is the answer to all of these questions yes? That means you do have power. It also means that the source of problem is indeed the screen.

Problems with power supply

A screen problem is now excluded, but your Apple MacBook still won't start. Try the following steps:

  1. Check the socket. Do this by checking whether the power cable and adapter are properly connected. Also plug your table lamp into the same socket to verify that it's working.
  2. Is the socket working? Try another adapter. Connect another power cable and adapter to your MacBook. Wait for 15 minutes so that the adapter has enough time to charge the battery.
  3. Disconnect accessories. These might be the problem.
  4. Press and hold the on/off button for 10 seconds, then press the button again to see if your MacBook will start now.

Reset SMC

Try to reset SMC. Turn off your MacBook by pressing and holding the on/off button for 10 seconds. Depending on which MacBook you have, follow the steps below.

Apple MacBook with Touch ID

MacBook with Touch ID
  1. Simultaneously press and hold the following buttons:
  • Command on the left side of the keyboard
  • Option on the left side of the keyboard
  • Shift on the right side of the keyboard
  1. Count to 7 while holding down these 3 buttons.
  2. Press and hold the on/off button as well.
  3. Count to 7 while holding down these 4 buttons.
  4. Release the buttons and wait for 10 seconds,
  5. Press the on/off button to turn on your MacBook.

Apple MacBook without Touch ID

Reset Apple MacBook without Touch ID
  1. Simultaneously press and hold the following buttons:
  • Shift on the left side of the keyboard
  • Command on the left side of the keyboard
  • Option on the left side of the keyboard
  1. Count to 7 while holding down these 3 buttons.
  2. Press and hold the on/off button as well.
  3. Count to 7 while holding down these 4 buttons.
  4. Release the buttons and wait for 10 seconds,
  5. Press the on/off button to turn on your MacBook.


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