Help me save my 2013 Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Mac_i_Am, Oct 27, 2018.

  1. Mac_i_Am macrumors member

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    My mid-2013 13” MacBook Air had been running like a champ but the battery began showing a “replace soon” warning a few weeks. I received the new battery I ordered today so I shut the computer down and opened the back to replace it.
    The Air was running great with nearly 100% charge.

    Turns out the new battery didn’t fit (a tad small) so I place the original back in.
    Now the computer won’t show any signs of life!

    I tried powering it with the old battery plugged in and unplugged, tried all kinds of resets but absolutely nothing. The power adapter lights amber and green like everything is normal but the thing won’t start at all.

    WTF did simply unplugging the battery and plugging it back in do??
     
  2. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    Disconnect the battery, connect the charger, don't touch the MacBook, and it should turn itself on.
     
  3. Mac_i_Am thread starter macrumors member

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    Woah, that actually worked! I’m shocked because I did that yesterday but might’ve rushed into doing PRAM and other resets. Glad I tried this, thank you.

    The question is, if I plug the battery back in, will it simply turn on?
     
  4. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    Connect the battery, press pretty button, pram reset, SMC reset, and you should be good.
     
  5. Mac_i_Am thread starter macrumors member

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    Won’t turn on :/
    I plugged the battery back in and tried it with the power adapter in and out...PRAM, SMC, power button by itself but no sign of life. Was doing the same thing last night.
    Battery is fully charged and showing green light.

    Any ideas why it wants to play dead?
     
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    New battery I bought was the wrong size, will have to order another one.

    The original, current battery was still good (albeit not holding complete charge) till the moment I unplugged it. Can’t imagine it dropped dead that very second.
     
  8. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    The original battery may be defective or dead which could cause the air not to work while it’s connected.
     
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  10. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    You are welcome. Report back when you get a replacement battery.
     
  11. Mac_i_Am thread starter macrumors member

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    According to the geniuses at the store, my logic board is gone. Weird how the battery and logic board decided to exit this world together.

    Guess I’ll consider a new MacBook Pro or Air this week :/
     
  12. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    I would not necessarily go with that diagnosis. I had the same thing said to me about my early 2015 air. I disconnected the battery for a couple of days, connected the charger, and it booted. Got a new battery from Amazon and it’s been working every since.
     
  13. Mac_i_Am thread starter macrumors member

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    Might as well try that..it’s a paper weight right now anyway
     
  14. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    That's what I would do too.

    It's pretty easy to disassemble the Air. I recommend scanning local websites for a used Air with working parts you need. I have an Air sitting in a desk drawer with a dead motherboard. If I come across a good deal on a damaged machine, I'll buy it and have myself a fully fuctional Air :)
     
  15. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    I forth that. That's just too much coincidence. The "genius" maybe saying behind your back, hey u decided to DIY it, now u asking us to rescue you?
     

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