MacBook not charging/finding battery

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mainstreetmark, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020

    mainstreetmark

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    After running the battery dead, really dead, I got it back on the charger, but it's not charging. The icon in the menubar is the missing battery "X" icon. When I remove power, it looses power immediately.

    I've taken it out, observed no crud on any of the terminals, reset the PMU (with holding down the power button for a while).

    Ideas?
     
  2. Phatpat macrumors 6502a

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    It's actually dead. Take it in to an Apple store and they will give you a new one. I had this happen to me about a month ago.
     
  3. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    That's what it sounds like. Hopefully he's still within his warranty period.
     
  4. mainstreetmark thread starter macrumors 68020

    mainstreetmark

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    It's not like it wasn't holding a charge or anything. I was still getting 3 or so hours out of a battery charge.
     
  5. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    this happened to me on christmas day of all days!!!

    had to wait a few days to call apple, but they had no hesitation in sending a replacement battery (was still within warranty period)...

    received battery on 3rd Jan and worked a charm :)
     
  6. mainstreetmark thread starter macrumors 68020

    mainstreetmark

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    Yep - the battery was "dead", so i had to buy another one for like $150 or so. Kinda sucked.

    But, now i have this battery pack here, which really should be good. I wonder if I should rip it open and see if i can repair it somehow. The computer isn't old enough for this battery to be all-the-way-dead. I was getting 1.5 movies off it just last week!
     
  7. diadem macrumors regular

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    DO NOT TAKE THE BATTERY APART. Its main component is Lithium which is Extreamly voilitile I cant stress enough not to open it. You could blow off your hand of or worse.
     
  8. mainstreetmark thread starter macrumors 68020

    mainstreetmark

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    Thanks for the warning. I don't mean take the cells apart, of course. I mean, just get down to the electronics with a volt-meter and see if i can spot a fault, since i have quite a bit of faith that there's some life left in these cells. I'd love to have two batteries, since i spend a third of my day without power.
     

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