2011 MBP Power Supply issue?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zenit, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. zenit macrumors member

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    Recently my MBP developed a weird, very intermittent issue. When i plug in the power cord into the laptop, the green light illuminates very dim instead of usual bright green, and the laptop shows that it is plugged in but not charging. It usually starts charging after i plug it in and out a few times.

    Is this a known issue or my power supply or motherboard going bad?'

    I already cleaned the contacts, so it is probably not dirt clogging up the connector.

    I am a bit apprehensive about taking it to Apple, because it is such an intermittent but annoying problem which is rather difficult to replicate.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's normal that it may not charge immediately when plugged in. Also, if your battery is already charged at 93% or higher, it's normal that it won't charge. Read the CHARGING section of the following link, including the link for troubleshooting MagSafe adapters. This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
     
  3. zenit thread starter macrumors member

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    the issue is that the battery was way below 50% when I try to charge it, and even after waiting for 10+ minutes the light never went bright green or orange (like when it is charging).

    It also was not functioning correctly when plugged into power supply. The computer reported the power plugged in, but the battery was still discharging instead of computer being powered by the power supply.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you troubleshoot the adapter, as recommended? You may also try resetting the SMC.
     
  5. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    Usually they are very understanding and try to fix your problem. I don't think it's necessary that you can reproduce it in the store. If GGJs troubleshooting advices don't help, just take it in and have them check it.
     

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