1st gen WhiteBook Battery Woes

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  1. Mikey B macrumors 65816

    Mikey B

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    Hello All,

    Recently my white MacBook seems to have stopped "seeing" the battery. The MB works when plugged but shuts down instantly when the plug is removed. This is a fairly new occurrence and the battery itself isn't too old. I had it replaced a few months ago. Here is what System Profiler has to say:

    Battery Information:

    Model Information:
    Serial Number: DP-xxxxxxx-3723-87f8
    Manufacturer: DP
    Device name: ASMB016
    Pack Lot Code: 0002
    PCB Lot Code: 0000
    Firmware Version: 102a
    Hardware Revision: 0500
    Cell Revision: 0200
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 0
    Fully charged: No
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 0
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 159
    Condition: Check Battery
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): 0
    Voltage (mV): 4830

    Has anyone else experienced this with the white, or any, MacBook?

    Thanks!
     
  2. celticpride678

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    Well, your condition says to check the battery. It seems like you have a bad battery.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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  4. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    is that for the white 1st gen? dosnt say there. they have the UBMB's in the pic.
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Its for all MacBooks. Follow the link at the bottom.
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    If you look at the post date, and then read the KB article, it is for the earlier MBs.
     
  7. Mikey B thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mikey B

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    I do get that, I just don't know what "check battery: means exactly. It looks like it is dead, eh? At 159 cycles?
     
  8. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

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    Does that get installed automatically on updater?
     
  9. dr. macrumors newbie

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    Ouch, me too

    Coincidentally, the "check battery" state occurred on my MacBook 1,1 tonight. My cycle count is significantly higher than yours, though.

    Code:
      Model Information:
      Serial Number:	DP-ASMB013-3530-2090
      Manufacturer:	DP
      Device name:	ASMB013
      Pack Lot Code:	0001
      PCB Lot Code:	0000
      Firmware Version:	0102
      Hardware Revision:	0300
      Cell Revision:	0100
      Charge Information:
      Charge remaining (mAh):	0
      Fully charged:	No
      Charging:	No
      Full charge capacity (mAh):	0
      Health Information:
      Cycle count:	451
      Condition:	Check battery
      Battery Installed:	Yes
      Amperage (mA):	-3
      Voltage (mV):	7150
    Unsure what to do. Resetting the SMC didn't help. Going to research that some more before I look into 3rd party batteries.

    Sidenote: the battery update hadn't been applied yet (even though I'm on 10.5.7), but it was ineffectual.

    Update: Resetting PRAM/NVRAM/SMC all ineffectual. coconutBattery crashes with a division-by-zero bug. Cleaning battery contacts does nothing. In my very humble opinion, this battery is dead.
     
  10. celticpride678

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    Check Battery means you should probably take it to the Apple Store and have them take a look at it.
     
  11. dr. macrumors newbie

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    Fixed

    I kept putting off getting a replacement battery because I figured the SMC might be the problem and I didn't want to throw good money after bad. Grabbed a stock replacement battery from Fry's and all is well. Bummed that I paid $120 for a stock replacement instead of $99 for a higher capacity aftermarket battery, but the regular user of this laptop demanded immediate fixing.

    - dr
     
  12. keysersoze macrumors 68000

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    Hey dr or OP,

    Can you verify getting a new battery is all it took? My wife's macbook battery now has the same problem you had. I was worried it was a SMC issue or whatever, as her battery only has 178 cycles. Can you confirm your macbooks are now fully-battery operational? Thanks!:)
     

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