13" macbook - battery "not charging" but charges in 2nd macbook

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  1. dconnhssl macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I have two 13" white macbooks (one is my wifes!).

    My macbook is a 2 Ghz Core duo "MacBook1,1" and it has a problem now: If I plug in the magsafe PSU the battery says "not charging" but the notebook is powered (i.e. the battery does not waste).

    The other macbook is a 2 Ghz Core 2 Duo "MacBook3,1" which is working fine. It will charge either of the batteries (so I can charge both batteries but only on the one macbook).

    Also, on my "bad" macbook when I plug the macsafe plug in the light goes a very dim green rather than bright orange (but, as I mentioned, it does power the notebook). I have two PSUs too but it doesn't matter which one I use.

    Checking the Batterys under the "Power -> Battery Information" I see that the batteries have cycle counts of 563 and 504. I believe that anything over 300 is not great.

    But could it be a battery problem if the batteries both charge on one macbook and not the other? If its a logic board problem I don't really want to invest any more money in the computer.

    thanks for any advice!

    Derek
     
  2. dconnhssl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Update

    I've just noticed that my two PSUs are actually 18.5V 85W units. After doing more reading (on this forum!) I think I should really be using a 16.5V 60W PSU (my PSUs might be MBP units?). I wonder does the higher rated PSUs affect my older Core Duo macbook (not charging battery) whilst not affecting the Core 2 Duo macbook ?

    Also I did a PRAM reset (holding Command+Alt+P+R at boot time) and, for 5 seconds, when I attached the magsafe connector the light *did* go to bright orange... but then back to dim green - still it shows that there is still some hope perhaps!

    Derek
     
  3. dconnhssl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    AC Charger Info - 0x0000 0x0000 0x0000

    Hi [again],

    I've also seen now that my "AC Charger Information" is showing me all 0's rather than any meaningful information. This is happening with two chargers that work fine with another macbook.

    Complete "Hardware -> Power" output: -


    Battery Information:

    Model Information:
    Manufacturer: DP
    Device name: ASMB016
    Pack Lot Code: 0002
    PCB Lot Code: 0000
    Firmware Version: 102a
    Hardware Revision: 0500
    Cell Revision: 0102
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 2968
    Fully charged: No
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 4854
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 563
    Condition: Normal
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): -689
    Voltage (mV): 11531

    System Power Settings:

    AC Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 0
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 20
    Automatic Restart On Power Loss: No
    Wake On AC Change: No
    Wake On Clamshell Open: Yes
    Wake On LAN: No
    Current Power Source: Yes
    Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
    Battery Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 15
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 5
    Wake On AC Change: No
    Wake On Clamshell Open: Yes
    Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
    Reduce Brightness: Yes

    Hardware Configuration:

    UPS Installed: No

    AC Charger Information:

    Connected: Yes
    ID: 0x0000
    Wattage (W): 0
    Revision: 0x0000
    Family: 0x0000
    Serial Number: 0x00000000
    Charging: No
     
  4. dconnhssl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi all.

    I couldn't find any more info on my problem so I've ordered a replacement battery and a 60W 16.5V magsafe PSU. It'll be interesting to see what happens. I'm not sure if its a logic board problem or not but unless I buy new stuff I'll never know.... (of course I do know well I should have just bought a new macbook and not bothered messing around trying to this old thing working properly).

    Derek
     

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