Macbook a1181 won't turn on

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ToiletNinja, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. ToiletNinja macrumors newbie


    Feb 10, 2014
    I got this macbook from a friend, I have no knowledge of its prior condition or what may have happened to it. I've ordered a replacement AC adapter for it because it didn't come with one, and when I plug it in, it turns from green to orange and back to green, and stays green. I've replaced the magsafe (iirc that's the charger connector), still nothing. I've lurked countless threads and forums, finding nothing specific to my situation so I thought I'd start my own thread. Any advice helps, thanks!
  2. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Unplug the power adapter.
    Remove the main battery.
    Plug power adapter in.
    The LED on the magsafe should not go orange, only green.
    Press and release the power button.
    Does the front panel LED come on at all? Should be steady white while the screen remains off. The white LED should go out if the screen lights up (normally)
    If nothing seems to happen, wait about 30 seconds, then press and release the Caps Lock key. Does that key light up?
    If nothing seems to happen, unplug the adapter again.

    reinsert the main battery - plug in the power adapter.
    Try the items in the list above.
    Do you get any lights on the battery when you press the test button on the battery?

    Remove BOTH memory sticks, and try power again, checking for any change in behavior when you press and release the power button. The front panel LED should absolutely be blinking, and you should hear beeps from the speaker.

    Be sure to try a different power adapter...

    There's also a good possibility that the power button is not working, or not connected inside.

    Finally, if you really haven't got anything to work, and particularly if removing all memory doesn't make any change - then most likely a failed logic board.
  3. ellevy12 macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2007
    i have same macbook (A1181, late 2006 2,1) and had the same problem. one day the macbook didn't powered on - but still getting charged via magsafe.

    what happened to me is that the power button didn't power the machine.
    there are 2 ways to get over this problem:

    1. buy a new upper case (repleace all the keyboard of the macbook)

    2. jumpstart the macbook from the motherboard - you need to short 2 jumpers near the fan

    see this LINK

    Hope it helps

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