Dim green flickering charger light

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  1. kris-hm macrumors member

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    I have a macbook pro 13 inch, model a1278
    I plug in the ac adapter and the little light on it flickers and is very dim. I have tried removing and replacing the battery, and replacing the magsafe adapter with a known working one. I also have several chargers that work on my other macbook.
    So it is not the charger, it is not the battery, and it is not the magsafe. I will continue fiddling with it to try and make it work, but does anyone have any idea what it might be?
    Open to suggestions, aside from replacing the motherboard..
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    You may need to replace the magsafe DC in board.
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    If you have tried a different power adapter, and the battery, too - the next step would be the magsafe board (the internal part that provides the magsafe connection to the logic board.

    922-9307 Magsafe board. It's not too bad to replace. iFixit.com would have a repair guide for that.
     
  4. bobcan macrumors 6502a

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    Before ANY other 'drastic measures' are taken, have you Cleaned the Connector on the computer..?? THe light is indicating that a Charge is occurring, and given that Resistance will lessen that Voltage transfer, it is more than possible that some corrosion (or coating of fuzz/ cola/ goo) may hinder that!!

    An old toothbrush and some Rubbing Alcohol will most likely tell the story.. if a bunch of 'black crud' comes off you will have the answer _ and it is does happen to have a coating of Soda Pop on it, some warm water (small amount of toothbrush/ Q-Tip) will break that down far better than a $25 can of Contact Cleaner _ No matter what, LESS is more when doing this _ we are talking Small Drops, not Ounces, and keep at it with more clean water if dirt does come off!!

    Other than that, if the machine has suffered any impacts lately, the Solder Joint on the connector board may also be loose (cold solder) and would require a qualified person to attack that, if so _ Good Luck, let us know what you find either way!!
     
  5. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    This happened to me and it turns out that there was a piece of mechanical pencil lead in the port, which prevented the charger from making contact with the port. As @bobcan said, if cleaning the port doesn't work, a replacement or repair will be needed
     
  6. bobcan macrumors 6502a

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    ** Also, it just occurred to me (as I read the above post re: mechanical pencil lead) that since the connector is literally magnetic, and fairly strong, so you may even have a small piece of ferrous material in there keeping it from contacting properly _ Take a peek, and hope it is something as simple as that _ somehow!!
     
  7. kris-hm thread starter macrumors member

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    I have already tried replacing the magsafe board. It did not work.
    I also just tired putting a battery that i charged in my other macbook into it and it would not turn on. Perhaps something else is wrong. Ideas?
     
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  9. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Yes, an SMC reset can be the fix.

    Now, if the hardware reset doesn't make a difference, your list of possible fixes is getting very short:
    magsafe adapter
    battery
    magsafe board - while inside your MBPro, you would check for corrosion or maybe evidence of a liquid spill (symptoms of liquid damage/corrosion can sometimes take weeks to appear - inspect carefully!)

    finally, that's pretty much all of it, except you are left with -
    the logic board.
     
  10. kris-hm thread starter macrumors member

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    Logic boards are so expensive, blah.
    I do believe i see signs of corrosion around the magsafe port on the logic board. some of the metal circular pads appear to be corroded just a little bit but thats enough to mess something up. Im sure there was more liquid spilled than just what appears. I scrubbed the board with acetone but it didn't have any affect.
    Any other ideas before i trash the board? Im not just gonna throw it out just yet but i am gonna heat it up pretty hot a few times just to be sure i can't fix it. if its not working anyway its worth a shot right? lol
     

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