Macbook '06: Black screen, disk drive noise over and over again, no chime.

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  1. FF! macrumors newbie

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    I've been having this issue with my black Macbook of 2006: it would randomly shut down while in the middle of surfing the internet, listening to music, writing Java code, etc. Then I would try to boot it up again, but the disk drive kept making noises over and over again (instead of just once) and screen would stay black. It wouldn't go to light blue, that chime noise would never come...the screen just stayed black, disk drive kept making noises, until I hit the power button and shut off the computer.

    This happened around October of 2009. I believed that my Macbook was gone for good...but that turned out not to be the case.

    Because just today, I randomly tried to insert an extra hard drive to see if the original hard drive was causing the problem. But the extra was too big and didn't fit. So I put the battery back in, but before I did, I accidentally hit a small button on the battery, and one green light (out of five green lights) on the battery went on. So right away I put the battery back in, and turned on the computer right away to see what would happen. And it pretty much magically booted up, no issue whatsoever. It's alive!!!!!

    But I'm afraid these issues are going to happen again. Questions I have:

    1) Has anyone else had the problems I have had with their Macbook?
    2) What is that little button on the battery for, and what does it mean when one out of five green lights on the battery is on?
    3) Just what the heck did I do that happened to fix my Macbook, and how can I ensure these problems won't occur again?

    Thank you very much,

    Ariana
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    It's just a charge indicator. 5 lights means that the battery is fully charged.
     
  3. FF! thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay cool. Do you know what the button on the battery is for, also?
     
  4. forcefieldkid macrumors 6502

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    You press the button to make the charge indicator light up and show you how full the battery is ;)
     
  5. FF! thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm...then hitting the button on the battery couldn't have possibly done anything in correcting the problem........right?

    :confused:
     
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Right. More likely it's the process of putting it back together that fixed the problem, if it was caused by a loose connection or something.
     

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