Macbook 13" Not Charging Dim Green BUT Charged on restart following power cut

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  1. ojd88, Jan 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012

    ojd88 macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2012

    I'm wondering is anyone technically minded can diagnose my problem based on the information below. Also this might provide a solution - at least a temporary one - for people who have the same problem.

    Symptoms - Macbook not charging, Magsafe light very dim green

    This is a pretty common fault by the looks of it. However heres the interesting thing.

    It did start charging again for a while following a power cut. Prior to this I had a dead battery and it was not even recognized. In fact when the power cut occurred it was not even installed but was running off the AC. At this point the SMC had gone haywire and resetting would not work without a recognized battery - full fans all the time, no CD drive etc.

    When the power returned I noticed that the magsafe light was bright green :) ?! I installed the battery and it charged as normal.

    Unfortunately after shutdown the problem returned...

    So does anyone have any ideas what this means? Why would a power cut, specifically, fix the problem and why only temporarily..?

    Perhaps worth trying to replicate if you are having the same problem..

    Remove battery
    Cut power with magsafe attached
    Turn power back on
    If light green insert battery
  2. Android300zx macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2012
    Did you try another outlet?
    Did you try to charge it with the laptop powered off?
    Have you tried another charger?
  3. ojd88 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2012
    Thanks for reply

    I have tried all of the above. Cannot get it to charge again :(

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