Macbook or Charger Issue?

JHuh1989

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 12, 2011
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Hi all-

Happy Friday! Currently I have a 2008 Unibody Macbook. The other day my charger was acting a little odd as the green light would not turn on when attached to the Mac or I'd have to plug it in a few times before it would work.

At the moment my assumption is the charger has simply broken and I should get a new one. However, since replacements go for about $80, I wanted to know if there are any indicators that I should look for that would help confirm it is infact the charger being broken or the Macbook itself could cause the green light to not turn on/not recognizing the charger.

I did push the little button on the side of the mac and a single green light flashed (when the computer is on, many green lights typically come on).

I also did an SMC reset with about 8% battery left hoping this would resolve the issue but the Mac would not turn on after (which is why I have a few reservations on what the true issue at hand could be).

Thanks for any help and advice I really do appreciate it.
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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I wanted to know if there are any indicators that I should look for that would help confirm it is infact the charger being broken or the Macbook itself could cause the green light to not turn on/not recognizing the charger.
If you have another MagSafe adapter available, try it to see if it works. You could also go to a nearby Apple store and ask to try a charger.

See the link for troubleshooting MagSafe adapters at the bottom of the CHARGING section of the following link. This should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions:
 

geoffreak

macrumors 68020
Feb 8, 2008
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You could always go to the Apple store and see if they'd plug in your Macbook into one of their chargers to double check. ;)