Apple Macbook Pro A1278 wont turn on, won’t power on, no display, black screen problems

Laptop Apple Macbook Pro A1278 won’t turn on, won’t power on, there is no display, just a black screen. This is a general diagnostic and repair steps to fix those problems.

Troubleshooting laptop Apple Macbook Pro A1278 won’t boot, won’t power on, no display just black screen

When you push on the Power Button the Power led lights ON or NOT, your Apple Macbook Pro A1278 won’t start up, and there is no display just a black screen. Possible problem and the fixes steps:

Battery has no charge left + AC adapter failed; you press the power button on laptop Apple Macbook Pro A1278 nothing happens, laptop won’t turns on and there is no display, the battery has no charge left, the motherboard doesn’t receive any power, laptop cannot turn on. You plug in the AC adapter but that doesn’t help, your laptop Apple Macbook Pro A1278 still won’t power on, there is a chance you have failed AC adapter. In this case try with another charger or check AC adapter with a Multimeter. If it’s dead, replaced with a new one.

Power circuit in wrong state or Over volt protection trips; you press the power button but nothing happens, laptop Apple Macbook Pro A1278 won’t turns on and there is no display just a black screen, your laptop has static electric charge made power circuit in wrong state. Unplug AC adapter, take out the battery and hold down power button for 30 seconds, the static charge will dissipate. Plug in the AC Adapter and turn on your laptop Apple Macbook Pro A1278. This should restore the system to normal operating mode.

Hardware failure; the laptop powers on, but there is no display just black screen with Power led lights ON or your laptop Apple Macbook Pro A1278 stock on logo or restart. In this case, it’s possible one of the Hardware failed. You can try to disassemble the laptop to bare minimum and try to reseat the hardware one by one and power on the laptop every time you reseat a hardware, to know the failed one, replace the faulty hardware.

Screen faulty or bad video cable connection; laptop Apple Macbook Pro A1278 turns on, but screen is black, with Power led lights ON. Test the laptop with an external monitor connected to the HDMI port, VGA port, press the appropriate key to switch to it. If the external monitor works fine and load the operation system, most likely you have a faulty screen or bad video cable connection. Check them and replace the faulty one.

BIOS failed; Laptop Apple Macbook Pro A1278 won’t turn on at all, if the voltage 19V, 3.3V, 5V OK  and electronics components on the motherboard are good, there is chance you have failed BIOS. There is a signal test confirmation on EC/SIO pin name RSMRST# . This pin must available 3.3V(tolerance 10%) than Bios Confirmed OK. If the test failed reprogram or replace the BIOS chip.

Laptop Power System has problem: Laptop Apple Macbook Pro A1278 won’t turn on at all, probably some electronics components or chipset on the motherboard failed;  Disassemble the laptop and take out the motherboard. Ceck No burnt marks visible on the mainboard. Check chepset temperature (CPU,  GPU, Power-Supply IC …). Check power jack. Check motherboard receives 19V. with a Multimeter measure voltages on coils, check for any components shorted to ground.  checked 3.3v/5v is up and running?

If you  have 3VALW And 5VALW at coil. 3VALW should go to sio and from there you should get 3v at power button. Check SIO for corrosion,shorting or any componenets which looks suspect. Check 3 & 5v SUS voltage.

Will need an electronic boardview or Schematic Diagram for Laptop Apple Macbook Pro A1278. The failed electronic component has to be replaced.

Note: (In the comments we will be updated electronics components failure).

Motherboard dead; The Apple Macbook Pro A1278 motherboard has to be replaced.

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11 thoughts on “Apple Macbook Pro A1278 wont turn on, won’t power on, no display, black screen problems

  1. zak

    Macbook pro A1278 no power with led green on magsafe,
    on the mainboard there isn’t any burnt component and the main fuse is ok.

    macbook pro a1278 wont turn on

    macbook pro a1278 wont turn on

  2. helppard Post author

    u should have on green spot (white fuse) 12.5 volt ;
    3.42 on the other green marked area.

    if u have 3.3 volt on coil, u have 12.5 volt on that green marked fuse, and if u have 3.35 or higher (not over 3.42) u can put a fan, some ram slot, lvds connector with lcd and short that circled 2 dot on mainboard with a wtezer (smc bypass) and see if macbook start normally.

    before all that, make sure u understand that procedure right. shorting those 2 pins should make your macbook start, so put fan, ram ecc ecc and be carefull to not short anything else. put all component on a non conductive zone.

    u can try with magsafe only,with battery only , and with both.

    macbook wont turn on

  3. rimal

    this macbook it was working fine til i replaced the keyboard, after i put it back together it started beeping 3 times, and no video, it goes on endlessly

  4. John

    Hi, I’ve got a MacBook Pro 13′ Early 2011 board 820-2565-A.

    The 2x USB ports have 5V power and power my flash drive and USB hard drive (LED’s light up/hard drive spins) but they do not get recognized by the OS nor in boot options by holding “Options” key on boot with a confirmed working USB install of Mac OS X.

    I have done a full wipe/reinstall of MacOS X (via online recovery reinstall) and done SMC and other resets but the problem still remains, USB devices get power but are not recognized in OS nor boot options.

  5. mielta

    Hi
    Yesterday i had the same problem
    it was brocken connected on u4600 Pin 6+10
    after heated it up it works


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