Battery not charging

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by heshamsaeed, Jul 3, 2014.

  1. heshamsaeed macrumors newbie

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    I have the white MacBook (early 2008).
    Two days ago, I noticed the battery's status: "Not Charging". I didn't imagine how critical is the situation until my cat hit the power cable, and the computer got Power-off on the spot.:eek:

    I don't know what happened all of a sudden? The battery's performance was acceptable to me (more than one hour at full charge).

    From a previous experience with PCs, such sudden damage may occur with Static Electricity (do cats have something to do with this?:confused: .

    Is it the charger that could damage the battery? (It seems to be working well, and the computer works normally as long as it is plugged in).

    Is there anything that I can do? I am just afraid that I change the costly battery then get it damaged again.

    Thanks in anticipation for your help.
     
  2. ignatiushk macrumors member

    ignatiushk

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    Is the charger a knockoff? If it's not i find it highly unlikely for it to damage the battery in any way. I can't think of anything else than to get a new battery. And, my mac is similar to yours and i have had a battery die very quickly too.
     
  3. Altemose macrumors G3

    Altemose

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    Static issues generally cause Logic Board problems. That being said, a degraded battery is a bad battery. That is why my PowerBook G4 will shut off at anywhere from 30% - 50% due to the inability to get an accurate reading by the software. I would order a new battery for your MacBook.
     
  4. boughbuts macrumors newbie

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    Have you ever had the problem where it just sits on the start up with no mouse or anything besides the logo and a spinning loading bar?
     
  5. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    At least for the 2010 white Macbook, new batteries can be easily purchased on Amazon for less than $60 including shipping. You can likely get a lower price on ebay. If your battery uses the tri-wing (3 slots instead of the more common 1 slot or 4 slots) screws, buy a batter where they ship one of those screw drivers as part of the package. For working on MacBooks you can need small screw drivers in several patterns such a Pentalobe, Torx, Phillips, and Tri-wing. You can get packages of these types of screw drivers on line from many retailers.

    I suggest all non-Retina Macbook owners have a set of these screwdrivers. You never know when you want to or need to replace a battery, up in a SSD, or add memory.
     

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