Magsafe Blinks Orange and Green When Charged

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ieani, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. ieani macrumors 6502a

    ieani

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    My macbook pro was off for 10 days as I was out of the country but when I turned it on I noticed the the light would not stay green. The menu icon indicates a charged battery, I am getting normal battery life and it recharges fine but once charged it blinks. I dont have apple care so dont want to call. Would I be charged just to have a genius look at it?
     
  2. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    I just had this on my MacBook Pro at work, although my battery also stopped charging all the way to 100%. I reset the PMU but this didn't change anything. Our IT guy swapped the battery for another one and all is well again. Sorry, I don't know what the Genius charging scheme is. I suspect the first thing they will do is to try a new battery.
     
  3. ieani thread starter macrumors 6502a

    ieani

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    Thanks, hopefully it will be just a battery or something than be diagnosed on the spot because regardless any repair is necessary and I assume them taking the laptop in when I dont have applecare will end up being quite painful.


    Im headed there in a half hour so Ill bring back the news when I get back.
     
  4. ieani thread starter macrumors 6502a

    ieani

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    I FIXED IT!

    Heres my story:

    Genius was from from it. He looked at me puzzled when I told him my problem and typed on his computer for 10 min. before I told him we should probably try a new adapter first. We tried it, didnt work. So he continued typing until another far-from-genius came up. He asked him, the guy thought the problem was the logic board. I almost fell out of my chair and immediately spouted that he should try a different battery. He put a new battery in and voila! no more blinking. So I asked him where the batteries are and decide to test him a little bit. I knew which one I needed. But I asked him to point it out for me anyways. He stared at the batteries for about 30 sec., picked one up walked over to his computer for a minute or so and then confirmed to me it was what I needed. I took it and placed it back on the shelf and then headed home. I knew what was wrong. It had struck me. I had to recalibrate the battery. I did that last night and all is well. I would have spent $130 that I didnt need to. And since apparently their techs are never educated on such a problem I am going to email apple my story.
     

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