Ask Dr. Z: Macbook Gray Screen

Hey Dr. Z,

I’m so worried! I turned my Macbook on this morning and all it’s showing is a gray Apple screen! I don’t know what I did wrong, it was working last night when I went to sleep! I have a paper to write I really don’t have time for this help me!!!!

-Frustrated Student, Rutgers

macbook gray screen

I understand exactly how you could be frustrated at your Macbook. As good as Apple products are, even they’re not above failing you for innocuous reasons. Given that they cost so much, that’s the last thing anyone wants to read, but it’s the sad truth.

Luckily, there are some practical fixes for many of their issues, this one included.

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Ivan Speaks on Memorial Day

Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day. Some will be grilling and partaking in festivities, but let’s not forget the true meaning of the day. Thousands of men have died in service for our very right to enjoy this beautiful country. From the first World Wars to our wars in Iraq, many of us are like Ivan Egorov, who knows fallen soldiers.


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Ask Dr. Z: Hinge repair isn’t that important, right?

Dear Dr. Z,

The hinge on my laptop is broken, and my Boyfriend keeps begging me to get it fixed. Right now, I feel like I have more pressing needs. When I use it, I prop the Laptop against a book and it’s been working fine. Honestly, I’m wondering if I ever need to get it fixed because it’s just a silly cosmetic issue. It’s not like my motherboard or screen is in danger. I wanted him to see your answer once and for all so he can stop worrying!

Brenda in Pompton Plains


Brenda, you may not want to hear this, but your Boyfriend is actually right. What seems like a small issue now can turn into a bigger deal later. The longer your hinge is on the fritz, the worse it will get to the point where it may not even stay open.

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