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Backlight goes out suddenly, but comes back on restart?
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Aug 5, 2007, 01:58 PM
So I was playing around with my 1 week old Macbook Pro this morning while hanging out in bed, the computer sitting on a pillow so I wouldn't burn my lap. The computer had been put to sleep all night and wasn't on AC power. I start up Photobooth and decide to take a picture. I click the picture button; it does its usual 1...2...3....SCREEN GOES BLACK. But not completely. I still see the faint outlines of the windows, and if I click somewhere I can see that the program window changes. So, obviously, it's something with the backlight. I think scary thoughts about having to take it all the way back to the Apple Store to get it repaired while I squint to see the Apple menu as I shut it down. I start it back up and the backlight is fine.

The boyfriend claims that it's because I had it on a pillow which didn't allow the heat to dissipate. I disagree (this was something I did all the time with my old Toshiba laptop), but I can't think of another answer. Any help?
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Aug 5, 2007, 09:35 PM
It's not because of the pillow, though you shouldn't be doing that. If it happens again, take it back to the Apple store. It could be a loose connection or a bad backlight.

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Aug 5, 2007, 10:22 PM
But just to emphasize, that doesn't make having your book on a pillow ok. Those computers already run hot. They don't need to be any hotter.
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