2008 1st gen air not charging

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by elf69, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. elf69 macrumors 65816

    elf69

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    well it has been in a carry case for a while and battery dropped right down to zero.

    It now seems only work on mains.
    and forgets date/time if turned off.

    It was holding charge before storage.
    It seems my fiancee signed out rather than turned off when it went to storage.

    It has been plugged in for 24hours and charger tip always has green light.
    Says 0% not charging on menu bar.

    done PRAM and SMC reset.

    Has she killed battery?
     
  2. redheeler macrumors 603

    redheeler

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    Although modern MacBooks will automatically shut off before the battery is discharged too much, they do lose some charge just sitting over time, so it's possible this is what killed your battery. In that case your only option is to replace it, as I once had to do with a 2011 13" MacBook Pro that turned out to have a completely dead battery.
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    I would still open it and reseat the battery connection, just as I did with the 2011 MBP, before ordering a replacement.
     
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3

    Gav2k

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    Sounds like the battery has been deep cycled. If after 24 hours of charging it’s not playing ball cut your losses and replace the battery.
     
  4. elf69 thread starter macrumors 65816

    elf69

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    Is it worth doing battery?

    previous owner has replaced screen and every time it is opened the screen bezel almost comes off and bottom of screen.
    I have put industrial double sided tape but still not hold it.

    when they did the screen they damaged to wifi antenna too so range is poor need be quite close to router.
    As it a gen1 and with these issues not sure it worth doing.

    I can get a 2010 a1342 macbook for £100 and will be faster if a bit bulkier
     
  5. Rocko99991 macrumors 6502

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    Heck yeah. Don't spend $1 on the 2008.
     
  6. elf69 thread starter macrumors 65816

    elf69

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    Well update:

    4 days on charge with laptop off and it has recovered.

    Battery is working again.
     
  7. Audit13 macrumors 6502a

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    Glad you got it working. Something to keep in mind when powering up a Macbook that's been powered off for an extended period of time.
     

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