How can I troubleshoot my MacBook Pro that no longer boots after a thunderstorm?

Shelbi Joseph May 20, 2012
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I have a MacBook Pro. Few days ago it shut down automatically while there was thunder and lightning. Now it doesn’t start. There is no image on the screen, no chime, no keyboard back light.

I checked the hard disk, RAM, battery and the charger, which are fine. Connected to an external screen, but there is no video. Removed the RAM and I hear the beep sound, so I think the mother board is fine. Couldn’t check the processor. The ventilator is running and I can feel the heat of the processor after some time.

Don’t know what else to do. Any help or suggestions will be highly appreciated. Thanks a ton

  1. Oron
    May 21, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Shelbi, have you followed ha14's advice? If you have and got nowhere, then it would appear your graphics card is fried and you'll need to take the laptop to the shop for repair.

  2. Laga Mahesa
    May 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

    When you took out the RAM, the fact that you heard a beep indicates that the CPU and motherboard are both fine - this, to me, sounds like your RAM has died. If you can, test with another RAM module.

  3. ha14
    May 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Try connecting an external display and see if it works to be sure not screen problem?

    Restart the computer by holding down the reset button to the left of the Serial port for 10 to 20 seconds.
    Resetting the Power Manager and PRAM
    http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/9731/Computer+will+not+turn+on+stays+at+black+screen

    MacBook Pro: Black Screen of Death (or is it just faking?)
    http://ariejan.net/2009/04/05/macbook-pro-black-screen-of-death-or-is-it-just-faking

    Apple issues MacBook Pro black-screen fix for Snow Leopard
    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57325088-263/apple-issues-macbook-pro-black-screen-fix-for-snow-leopard/
    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4088

    • Windowsisbettr
      May 21, 2012 at 1:38 am

      They did try to connect an external screen.... -_-