macbook not charging when plugged in

sunshineistoday

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Dec 11, 2009
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my white macbook is not charging when plugged in. and if i take out the cord, the computer dies. i noticed this right after i had made a flight on an airplane so i'm assuming something happened while on the flight, even though i had my computer with me the whole time, and inside the case.

i tried using compressed air to try and blow out any debris that might have gotten into the little charger port, but no luck.

any ideas on what it could be and what to do? :confused:

thanks
 

GoCubsGo

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Feb 19, 2005
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How old is it? I've seen this twice myself and once was a logic board and the other was the power brick. You may need to make an appointment with Apple.
 

MagicBoy

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May 28, 2006
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From that I believe it's most likely a faulty/worn out battery.

Charger is OK as it's powers the machine. Other than that it's the the power circuitry on the main logic board.

Can you get someone else to test the battery?
 

omerbaker

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Apr 19, 2009
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I had the same problem with my black macbook ('07) earlier this year. I left it on and unplugged for about 2 weeks (I was using my wife's new uniboby macbook). I bought a new battery and it was right as rain, until the bath of hot chocolate 3 weeks ago.
 

GeekGirl*

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Feb 26, 2009
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I had the same problem with my black macbook ('07) earlier this year. I left it on and unplugged for about 2 weeks (I was using my wife's new uniboby macbook). I bought a new battery and it was right as rain, until the bath of hot chocolate 3 weeks ago.
I dont know how so many people bathe the mac in liquid I NEVER have any drink around it.
 

maghemi

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Aug 7, 2009
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Melbourne Australia
From your first post you say that you had it in the case the whole time. Does that mean you weren't using it?

If you have left the laptop in 'standby' when the battery is nearly flat, it continues to use charge, and I'm told that if you let the battery completely go flat, it kills it.

The same happened to my macbook with a fairly good condition battery. Unfortunately the only solution is a new battery.
 

chongman99

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Jun 3, 2010
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Charger is OK as it's powers the machine. Other than that it's the the power circuitry on the main logic board.
I had the same problem as described on a white macbook (early 2008). and one of the troubleshooting steps I didn't expect to work was what finally worked.

CLEAN THE PLUG

see #7 here: http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1713

I just cleaned it with a cotton swab with no chem.

Before this, I tried draining the battery, changing plugs, and the SMC reset. No luck.

I was puzzled because the plug would power the computer, but refused to charge, which made me assume it was the battery.

YMMV, just telling y'all what worked for me.
 

bbazzahh

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Jun 3, 2010
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It is a defective battery. Dont try anything else because it wont work.

Just take it down to the apple store =]
 

harman.e

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Oct 24, 2010
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I need help too.

I own a 13" Macbook uni-body and have been experiencing the same 'Not Charging' problem. I have tried switching to my brothers power supply for his 15" mac book pro which was the same power input, but has made no difference. This is what I got from the system profiler, if anyone can see any irregularities, please let me know.

cheers,

 

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soxrox19

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Dec 1, 2010
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Follow Up

Hey guys, i know this post has been dead for a while but the strangest thing just happened to me. I had been having the same problem and came to this post to try and fix it. I had no luck so i gave up and let my computer hit zero % with the power plugged in. When i did that it started charging again. Almost like it zapped the battery. Hopefully it will hold up. But for now i am feeling very :cool:
 

jasonhipkins

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Jun 14, 2011
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Bad Batteries (Full Charge Capacity)

Newer unibody Macbook's (White) and the 13" Macbook Pro the batteries, Apple will cover under warranty up to 1000 cycles if the battery goes bad. Normally you will see FCC (Full Charge Capacity) in the 6000 FCC area. Once that FCC drops to a certain point it will fail the Apple Battery test. This should be somewhere in the 2500-3500 range. The FCC will slowly start to drop over time as you discharge the battery and recharge it. If the FCC number is low there is nothing you can do to change it, that number will just keep dropping until worn out. If you have Apple care and the battery fails before 1000 cycles it reached Apple will replace. After you pass the 1000 cycles Apple will not replace as this is just like tires on your car wearing out and you have to buy new ones.

Hope this helps if anyone cares.

Thanks
 

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