A1708/EMC 3164 — Released June 2017, this entry-level MacBook Pro retains its traditional function keys (as opposed to the OLED Touch Bar).

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No boot, charge makes sound, but no display

I have an A1708, macbook pro 2017 non touchbar. It currently doesn't have an SSD in it. I wondered why I can't boot it? I plug it in and it makes the charge sound, but nothing on display, not the charge sign at all. The screen has been tested elsewhere and works fine. I wondered if it needs the SSD in it to actually boot? It also illuminates on the caps lock key but not illuminates keyboard.

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Yes! You need the SSD drive installed. All computers need a storage device of some sort to hold the OS, apps and your data.

But before you get a replacement SSD for your system where did you get your computer?

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I got it 2nd hand, the guy that was selling had it pictured as a flashing folder symbol, so Im guessing he used his one in the shot, then removed it. (he was selling a few) probably used the same one in each auction right? Is this a common instance, it would ting sound and then just show caps lock light? once ssd in should boot / work charge symbol first? seems it should do it anyway.....is is right that no then?

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No, your system should show a flashing folder with a question mark. I suspect this is a junker which he has scammed you with. Return it and get your money back as I suspect the logic board is bad and likely other parts are as well.

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