MacBook Pro Dead? Best Tips and Tricks to Fix the Issue
Finding your MacBook Pro dead or stuck on black screen of death is a terrible feeling. Is it the display, is the whole device dead, what happened and what can you do to fix it? There are so many things running in your mind. Well, you can put your mind at ease! We are here to help you fix the issue.
So, What Could Be the Reason Behind the Issue?
Well, if your MacBook Pro won’t turn on, the issue could be due to more than one reason. For instance,it could be due to faulty charging cable, damaged power adapter or a software or hardware problem with the device.
There can be several other issues that can be preventing your MacBook Pro from starting up normally, so let us look at what these issues can be, and how can you resolve some of them at your end easily.
Check the Power Supply
First thing to check is the charging cable and adapter. Make sure that the Magsafe charger is fitting properly in the jack and is not loose. Also ensure that cable is not damaged. A faulty cable can not only cause issues with charging, it can also damage the charging port or even the battery in some cases. Apart from the charging cable, double check the adapter and make sure its not getting too hot while charging. If possible, try to use a different power adapter and cable to charge your dead MacBook Pro and see if it is taking charge and if it boots up. If a new or a different power adapter is also not charging, there is a strong chance that the problem might be at the other end, and not the cable. A faulty DC/Charging Jack or a service battery might be preventing your device from starting up. In this case, its best to contact a reliable MacBook repair service centre to help you with diagnosing and fixing the issue accurately.
Reset the SMC
Resetting the SMC (System Management Controller) can often fix certain issues related to battery, power, fan and some other features too. If your device is dead, this is a good step to try.
To get plug in the power cable and then press the Shift + Ctrl + Option/Alt keys and the power button simultaneously and hold them for at least 10-12 seconds. Next, release all the keys and then press the Power button to try and restart your MacBook. If there was a minor issue with power or battery which was preventing your device from booting up, that should get resolved and the MacBook should start up successfully.
Reset the PRAM / NVRAM
Another solution that is considered quite reliable in fixing a dead MacBook is resetting the PRAM/NVRAM. For those unfamiliar, NVRAM (Non-volatile Random-Access Memory) and PRAM (Parameter RAM) are the areas in the Memory that store data like volume settings, startup disk selection, screen resolution and even kernel panic information. Resetting them often fixes several minor issues which may be preventing your device from starting up.
To get going, hold down Command, Option (Alt), P, and R, keys at once, and turn on the notebook. Make sure to hold down the keys until MacBook restarts again. Better still, let it restart twice. Then, release the keys at once. Now, your MacBook should restart normally, if the issue was with the NVRAM/PRAM.
(Credit: Apple Support)
Run Disk Utility in Recovery Mode
If your MacBook is not completely dead, but is stuck on a white, blue, or grey screen then you can try the below step to run the Disk Utility to fix any issues with your disk drive which might be preventing it from booting up properly.
- To get started, hold down the Command and R keys at once. Make sure to hold down the Cmd + R keys while your notebook is booting up.
- When your MacBook starts in Recovery Mode, you will have access to Utilities. Now, click on the Disk Utility and find the notebook’s drive (Macintosh HD) and select it.
- Next, click on First Aid. Now, Disk Utility will track down the errors with your disk. Once it has found the errors, it will ask for your permission to repair them.
Image credit: Apple Support
In the Recovery Mode, you can also restore your MacBook from a Time Machine backup or install/reinstall macOS.
Contact MacBook Repair Centre:
If none of the above-mentioned solutions work, chances are there is some issue with the motherboard that needs Level 4 repair and cannot be done by you at home. It is time to contact a MacBook repair centre. Having offered top-notch yet cost-effective service for several years, Rapid Repair is one of the most trusted MacBook repair centres in India. Contact us at the earliest to help you bring your notebook to life.