Macbook says (not charging) but actually it is. just very slowly

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Scottabea, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. Scottabea macrumors newbie

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    so the other day my macbook started acting funny where it says if its charging or not. at first the power cord stopped working so i got a new one last night. now it says (not charging). but its been plugged in since last night and the power percentage has gone up to 39%. so its obviously charging. just so slow it doesn't recognize it...? and under About this mac, then the power tab, it says

    AC Charger Information:

    Connected: Yes
    Charging: No

    If the rest helps it all says-


    Battery Information:

    Model Information:
    Serial Number: SMP-ASMB016-3ab4-353
    Manufacturer: SMP
    Device name: ASMB016
    Pack Lot Code: 0000
    PCB Lot Code: 0000
    Firmware Version: 0110
    Hardware Revision: 0200
    Cell Revision: 0102
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 1875
    Fully charged: No
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 4758
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 125
    Condition: Good
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): 146
    Voltage (mV): 11440

    System Power Settings:

    AC Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Automatic Restart On Power Loss: No
    Wake On AC Change: No
    Wake On Clamshell Open: Yes
    Wake On LAN: Yes
    Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
    Battery Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 2
    Wake On AC Change: No
    Wake On Clamshell Open: Yes
    Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
    Reduce Brightness: Yes

    Hardware Configuration:

    UPS Installed: No

    AC Charger Information:

    Connected: Yes
    Charging: No

    Thanks for any help :)
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Sounds like a problem with the power management on the logic board and not necessarily the charger itself.
     
  3. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Google Apple Support for PRAM / SMC reset and share the results.
     
  4. OrganMusic macrumors 6502

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    I'm having a similar problem. Tried a SMC reset but no change. The light on the magsafe tip has been a bet erratic for quite some time -- usually going dim after a while (though always the right color) but now it's only showing a VERY faint green glow. The battery menu says not charging and the profiler says about the same as Scottabea's.

    This is a 2008 vintage 15" MBP (the last of the old style before the current unibody casings)

    Another interesting note: about a month ago one day the AC adaptor seemed not to be working at all for a while, but then started working again.
     
  5. OrganMusic macrumors 6502

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    well now it won't power on at all :( I guess I'll have to take it in. Should I take it to the Apple store or one of the 2 indie mac shops in Evanston?

    Good thing I just got a time capsule!
     
  6. Techhie macrumors 65816

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    Either one is going to tell you the same thing, you need a new logic board. Expect 5-10 days repair time (and a large bill if you don't have AppleCare or they think it isn't covered) Good luck :D
     
  7. OrganMusic macrumors 6502

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    Well I've been researching a bit, and it seems magsafe connectors are known for geting weak pin springs, and mine has a limp pin and all the symptoms seem to match up with others experiences. So I'm hoping it just a problem with the power adapter. I've heard apple will sometimes replace those out of warranty, so keeping fingers crossed.
     
  8. OrganMusic macrumors 6502

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    Well turns out it is just a bad adaptor (the old stuck-pins in the magsafe). Apple store said it was out of the serial number range for replacement and wanted $60 for "repair (replacement)." Fortunately it looks like macbookadapter.com has a good price so I'll give them a try.
     

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