Mac Boots to a Black Screen Issue

Troubleshooting issues with your Mac can be troublesome if you happen to encounter the issue even before your system boots up. Users of Apple's infamous laptops and desktops often encounter the Mac Boots to a Black Screen Issue, which can be difficult to manage. Thankfully, we have some helpful troubleshooting tips that can help you resolve the issue in no time.

Start with Basic Checks

Sometimes an issue might be caused by a minor problem that you forgot to check. Start with the following list:

  • Up the screen's brightness. If you have tampered with your settings, you might have turned your Mac's brightness to a minimum, accidentally, so everything is working well, but your screen is black because of this issue.
  • Is the power on? If you do not hear your drive or fans spinning when you try to boot the Mac, then the power cable might not be connected. Check both ends of the power cord.
  • Disconnect peripherals. An uncommon problem is peripherals (keyboard, mouse, controller, camera, etc.) preventing your Mac from booting. Try disconnecting such devices and then boot your Mac again.

Reset the PRAM and SMC

The PRAM (NVRAM) and SMC store various information about your Mac's settings, including both hardware and software. If these settings were corrupted accidentally, then you may experience problems like your Mac booting to a black screen. Thankfully, you can easily reset both of these by following our guide on How to Reset a Mac's PRAM and SMC.

Enter Your Password

Many users report that trying to enter their password blindly ended up fixing the issue temporarily. While your screen is black, enter your password and then press Enter. If everything is working in the background, but your screen is black, then your Mac might be brought back to life once it loads the desktop.

June 10, 2021

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