MacBook not charging

jamesjingyi

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So I have a MacBook White Unibody from 2006 (with 2GB RAM and 250GB Hdd) and it suddenly stopped charging. I thought no big deal, just replace the charger. Then I tested it out on my MacBook Black and it was working perfectly. I then proceeded to replace the magsafe port. This did not help at all.
I am taking the machine in to Apple for them to have a look but I was just curious to know what anybody thinks could be the problem. The MacBook has not been dropped or had liquid damage and has had a really peaceful life and I am just sad to see it die before my 2007 MacBook which has stood the test of time amazingly well.

(I have tried resetting the SMC to no avail)
 

GGJstudios

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So I have a MacBook White Unibody from 2006 (with 2GB RAM and 250GB Hdd) and it suddenly stopped charging. I thought no big deal, just replace the charger. Then I tested it out on my MacBook Black and it was working perfectly. I then proceeded to replace the magsafe port. This did not help at all.
I am taking the machine in to Apple for them to have a look but I was just curious to know what anybody thinks could be the problem.
The 3 primary components of the charging system are the MagSafe adapter, the battery and the logic board. It's a process of elimination to determine which is the culprit. Apple can diagnose the problem and tell you what's wrong.

This should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions:
 

jamesjingyi

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Say if it's the battery, would the laptop still power up?
The laptop powers up on the last remaining juice from the battery but it just doesn't charge.
 

jamesjingyi

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I hope it is this... Would there be any way to test this? Would removing the battery and trying to boot it show this?
 

killerrobot

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Have you ever replaced the battery in the mb? It's highly likely you just need a new battery. Getting 5-6 years out of one is pretty impressive, considering I only got 2 years out of my 2006 mbp's battery - I had to replace it twice.
 

jamesjingyi

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My Macbook Black from 2007 has 5% Battery health and I get about 45 mins out of it.. Pretty good I think...
 

jamesjingyi

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I dont know if I want to though... The battery of this computer is £109 from the Apple online store...A lot!
I'm saving up for a MBA so I think I'll just save the money...