Early 2008 MacBook Pro not charging. Solid Green Light

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jimmysofat6864, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. jimmysofat6864 macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2018
    Ok so when I plug in the laptop, the light is green and doesn’t change to orange. When I turn on the computer, the computer says its not charging. Ive already tried a SMC reset already. The battery was left in the computer for about 4 years without use so the battery is probably at 0%.

    Sometimes, the light will change to orange, the battery indicator lights will light up, then the light will change green and then the computer will say not charging.
  2. Audit13 macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Sounds like a bad battery.

    Even without being used, the battery will still degrade over time.
  3. jimmysofat6864 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2018
    So if I replace the battery, the computer will start charging again? Im wondering if there is a way to just see if I can get it to charge without replacing the battery as I want to verify it is a battery problem and nothing else.
  4. Audit13 macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Try this: disconnect the battery, connect the charger, power up the machine, power off the machine from the desktop, remove the charger, connect the battery, and connect the charger.

    If the above process doesn't help, disconnect battery, connect charger, reset SMC and NVRAM, power off, connect battery, connect charger, test again.
  5. Idefix macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2012
    just in the last month, the battery in my 2008 15" MBP swelled up and pressed up against the trackpad, thereby making the trackpad inoperable, as well as a usb and a bluetooth mouse.

    the MBP works perfectly well without a battery. Just has to be plugged in all the time.

    It does start up, right?
  6. jimmysofat6864 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2018
    yea it still starts up with just the charger
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    Ok I just tried this and it didn't work
  7. axd1152 macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2016
    Your macbook is 10years old, what do you expect from it's battery? I have the same late 2008 macbook, and my battery can't last for more than 20-30 minutes without charger. And that has been so for last 5 years of this macbook.
  8. jimmysofat6864 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2018
    I was just hoping to see if I can get the battery to accept a charge at all. I dont really care if it lasts for 5 minutes. I just want to make sure that the battery is the problem.
  9. Romanesq macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2003
    I have the Penryn early 2008 Macbook Pro. Lots of replacement parts over the years but the battery is the part most replaced. The battery has been replaced about five times. The one in now is working very well. :) Lots of chargers too.

    This could also be the I/O Board. I've had to replace it twice. The first time Apple wouldn't do the replacement pointing to orange soda inside. I didn't realize there had been any spill at all and landed up learning and performing the replacement myself.

    The I/O board is cheap. It's likely a degraded connection which you can try to clean but after several attempts, I gave up and just went on ebay and got another board. Everything charged perfectly well after that.

    Ifixit has step by step guides on how to put in a new I/O board. It's a great guide.

    But if we're talking about a 10-year-old battery here; none of this actually matters. You should have replaced the battery already and you can start there.
    It's shocking any Apple Battery could have made it this far. Amazing.
  10. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    The battery is 10 years old.
    Either replace it, or... replace the MacBook with something newer!
  11. tromboneaholic Suspended


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
    Did you use this method for the SMC reset?

    Connect the power adapter to the Mac. On the MacBook keyboard, hold down the Shift+Control+Option keys and the Power button at the same time. Release all keys and the power button at the same time – the little light on the MagSafe adapter may change colors briefly to indicate the SMC has reset.

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