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MacBook Air Black Screen

MacBook Air black screen
MacBook Air Black Screen

MacBook Air Black Screen: It Boots with Black Screen

MacBook Air Black Screen: Very rarely, your Mac may encounter some issue during the system boot, like booting to a completely black screen. In some particularly rare cases, this situation can be interpreted as a sign of a potential hardware issue. Fortunately, there are a few very simple troubleshooting steps to try to fix it. So, if your MacBook Air will not boot up past black screen and cursor, you should proceed as follows:

  • Shut the MacBook Air down by holding the power button for ten seconds.
  • Restart the Mac and press shift at the same time until you see the progress bar start moving.
  • Once you reach the point where your screen goes dark and you see the cursor, type the first letter of the username for your computer, then hit Enter. Type your password and then hit Enter again.
  • After a moment, you should see the spinning beach ball and the screen should then move on to something along the lines of “Completing OSX Installation”. Allow it to finish.
  • Now the computer should go to its normal desktop and the issue should be fixed.

Don’t worry if the screen of your Mac goes pitch black during this process, just hit the space bar (Since the screen can go to sleep during this time.)

If some features and apps don’t show up after the reboot, repeat the process.

Apparently, this issue can be related to an automatic update that never quite got past the login screen.

There is also another way of fixing the issue, but we don’t recommend it unless you are a computer guru:

  • Back up all your date with Time Machine, so once you restart the computer, you can get everything reloaded. Remember that if you haven’t backed up all your files, there’s a good chance you will lose them.
  • Press command R as it starts up and keep holding down until disk utility starts.
  • Go to disk utility and click Erase Macintosh HD.
  • Go back to the menu and select install Mavericks OSX.

Just installing Mavericks without erasing the old one won’t work, so only try this method if you know what you are doing with your computer.

Some experts suggest that if the above tricks fail, a PRAM reset can do the trick. Many of the computer gurus have tried this solution and can attest to it.
As a potential solution to the black screen on boot issue, try this while restarting. (It is very similar to an SMC reset):

  • Reboot the Mac Air.
  • As soon as you hear the boot chime, hold down the Command + Option + P + R keys together.
  • As soon as you hear the boot sound again, the PRAM has been reset.

At this point, let your Mac Air boot and load OS X again as usual. It will no longer have the black display!

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View Comments (6)


  1. Alberta Guru

    January 15, 2017 at 05:07

    This was driving me nuts..as none of the above solutions worked. If you are on a home network, VNC to your mac. (find out via router, your mac IP). You will see then your login screen. If you have another admin user -login – go to preferences and unclick the automatic login for the “blackout computer”. If that does not work. Go to utilities\activity Monitor\ on the top bar click view -click all users \ search: login processes. Click the X in the top left.- restart your computer you should be able your home screen

    Good luck

  2. Kevin

    October 3, 2018 at 12:27

    My MacBook air has a black screen I have tried the shift control power and the screen is still black please help as I am new too the Mac …… iPhone IPad I know how too reboot but here I’m lost

    • Lana

      October 5, 2018 at 12:44

      Hi, Kevin, yes, it’s a rather frequent issue, there are a few options that could help, but let’s find the best answer, we’ll come back with the answer later.

  3. Soyab Patel

    November 7, 2018 at 11:53

    Non of these work i have tried all of them and the one where u can erase everything that completly is fake becuz its not happening

  4. Medway Penny

    September 1, 2019 at 05:04

    MacBook Air black fix please

  5. Healthtipsing

    April 16, 2020 at 14:54

    We’ve just reviewed a few simple steps that can fix one cause of the black screen in Windows. Cool, right? By the way, you can use these steps on your Windows PC as well—not only in a virtual machine.

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