View Full Version : Macbook a1181 won't turn on
Oct 16, 2011, 07:15 PM
I am trying to fix this for a friend. It is a white macbook, I don't know for sure whether its an a1181, the writing on the bottom is rubbed off the case. When you hit the power button it will get to different stages of the start process, but it doesn't stop at the same spot consistently. sometimes I can log on and start toying with it, other times it will get to the apple screen and stop, and still other times there will be just nothing. any help will be appreciated, thanks
Oct 16, 2011, 07:20 PM
Have you tried any of these steps?
Mac doesn't boot (http://guides.macrumors.com/Mac_doesn't_boot)
Resolve startup issues and perform disk maintenance with Disk Utility and fsck (http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1417)
Troubleshooting: My computer won't turn on (http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1367)
A flashing question mark appears when you start your Mac (http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1440)
Oct 16, 2011, 07:23 PM
I don't know if it is related, but I also just fired it up and got it working, but then the backlight went off.
I have tried those, can't really do any of them because I have no screen, and the computer won't boot far enough to do them.
Oct 17, 2011, 03:01 AM
have you opened up the topcase at all?
sounds like you have a loose connection
Oct 17, 2011, 12:24 PM
No I haven't opened up the topcase, what specifically do you think I should be looking at/for?
Oct 19, 2011, 04:15 PM
I opened it up and don't see anything strange. I forgot to mention though that the battery does not charge, could be a bad battery though, I don't know
Oct 19, 2011, 06:09 PM
if your battery doesn't charge... could be the battery, could be the mag safe charger
i would at least fix that problem first
maybe your macbook can't hold a charge long enough to stay on
Oct 21, 2011, 10:43 PM
the weird thing about it is that the when you press the indicator button on the battery it does not blink at all. different magsafe adapters have made no difference. I got a new magsafe board so we will see what that does.
Oct 22, 2011, 04:27 PM
I replaced the magsafe board and that seems to have done the trick. on a side note, I installed coconut battery on it after I got it up and running and it says that the battery is at 0% of original capacity. so the battery not charging was a separate issue.
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