This poor MacBook Air is experiencing the “white screen of death” From time to time, you may experience one of the more frustrating Mac glitches — a white screen during boot. Usually this rare bug happens after updating macOS to a new version, but it can happen at any time. You’ll know when you’ve been hit by this bug when you boot up your Mac and see a blank white display.
There is no Apple logo on this display, nor will you see a progress bar showing where you are in the Mac boot process. It’s justwhite. In today’s article, we’ll describe some steps that you can take to recover from the dreaded white screen.
After not powering on my 2012 Macbook for a while, I charge it up and power it on. Mac My MacBook Pro is booting to a blank white screen. Startup chime plays, screen stays blank. Logic board?:( (self.applehelp). EDIT: After holding Cmd+R and seeing a white screen, I went back to my PC to reply. Then I heard the Macbook speak 'To use. Check out a step-by-step guide to fix a white screen on Mac. If your computer fails to boot, try these proven ways to bring it back to life. Why my Mac stuck on white screen? Files in a cache become outdated and start to pile up on your Mac, resulting in a white screen problem.
Reboot into Safe Mode One time-honored trick to recover from a white screen is to boot into Safe Mode. This is very easy to do: simply hold down the shift key on your keyboard as soon as you hear the Mac startup chime. Keep holding down the shift key until the boot progress indicator shows up.
This progress bar indicates that Safe Mode is running a directory and disk check on your Mac; this is like running First Aid from the Disk Utility. Safe Mode is a way to troubleshoot some system problems that can keep your Mac from booting normally.
Essentially, Safe Mode disables some macOS features, clears some caches, and prevents some third party kernel extensions from loading, all of which reduce the amount of work the Mac has to perform to get to the login screen. If you can boot a Mac successfully in Safe Mode, you either try to boot the Mac again to see if the next try is successful — perhaps just clearing some caches was what the doctor ordered.
How can you make sure that your Mac booted into Safe Mode? The login screen displays the words “Safe Boot” in red in the upper-right corner, or you can launch Utilities > System Information, then click on Software and see what’s listed after “Boot Mode” in the System Software Overview (see image below). If it shows “Safe”, then the Mac is definitely in Safe Mode; if it shows “Normal”, then the shift key may not have been pressed soon enough. (System Information shows that this Mac has booted into Safe Mode) If rebooting the machine normally (without Safe Mode) still results in a white screen, then it may be a login item that’s causing the Mac to balk at loading. This usually happens after a specific app that’s loading at bootup receives a buggy update.
If you know what apps were recently updated, try removing them from the list of login items and then reboot normally to see if the problem is fixed. Removing an item from login items is done by launching System Preferences, then selecting Users & Groups and clicking on Login Items. To remove an item, just highlight it by clicking on the item name, then click the minus sign ( – ) button below the list.