macbook won't turn on unless plugged in?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Kristofer, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. Kristofer macrumors member

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    It's as if my macbook has no battery power. It's at 98% but when I unplug it, it shuts right off. I turn it off and try to turn it back on but it just goes right back off again before the screen even lights up. I was using it not plugged in about an hour before with no problem. What's happening?
     
  2. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Sounds like the MB isn't seeing your battery. If you take out the battery and press its button, do the green lights turn on?
     
  3. Kristofer thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, the light comes on when i click the button. it even has charged up to 100% and is showing a green light on my power cord. But as soon as I take that power cord out, the mac shuts right down. :\
     
  4. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Hmm. You might want to take that into the Apple store. Something could be wrong with the power mechanism inside the book.
     
  5. Kristofer thread starter macrumors member

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    what could have caused that? It was fine this morning...
     
  6. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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  7. amiga macrumors 6502

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    Is it cold where you are today? I got my mother a macbook and she had a tendency to leave it on a cold surface in a cold room, it didn't seem to do the battery any favors, getting to cold shortens the life span of a battery. On a really cold night, it wouldn't power up from the battery.
     
  8. Kristofer thread starter macrumors member

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    No, shouldn't have anything to do with temperature... I brought it to the mac store here though, and the guy suggested removing the battery and letting it deplete over 2 or 3 days. Then, to put it back in the mac and charge it up again. If my mac still shuts off when I unplug it I'll need to replace the battery. LAME! Hopefully it's covered in the warranty.
     
  9. Canerican macrumors regular

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    The battery is covered by the warranty, and certain ones qualify for what is called the MacBook Battery Exchange program. I would give Apple a call or go to a Genius Bar if you live close enough
     
  10. Kristofer thread starter macrumors member

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    OK. the guy at the mac store told me to let the battery deplete and that it would take two or three days. 5 days later the battery is STILL FULLY CHARGED!!! I am sick and tired of my macbook shutting down if I bump the dumb cord out. I really am beginning to hate all the problems I've had and am having with this laptop, my other system, a PC, has NO problems, while the Mac is always freezing, restarting, and being a general piece of crap. So much for the Mac vs PC debate. Maybe if I install Windows on my Mac things will run a bit smoother. Though I'll still need to replace this battery that magically stopped working.
     
  11. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    ok your battery is definitely faulty. i had the exact same problem with my macbook pro core duo. i had to go through 2 services and they still said it was fine! :mad:

    i finally told them that i cannot put up with this and i know its a faulty battery. so they replaced it on the 3 service and it was fine! until that battery got replaced recently so now i have a 1 year old macbook pro with a battery that has 3 charge cycles. my original ram and logic board have also been replaced.

    i think i have a lemon but my warranty is out so i dont think apple will ever replace it!?
     

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