New charger not working for 2008 my MacBook?

KMR110

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Jun 5, 2012
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Hi, back in November my charger finally bit the dust. I put off getting another for months thinking there would be no issues buying a new one. Yesterday I finally went out and bought a new charger. The people at the store told me that the newest L-shaped chargers probably wouldn't work with my old 2008 laptop. They said this was because the new chargers only work with Snow Leopard and I apparently have Leopard. I WAS FURIOUS. I called Apple to see if this was true, and the guy on the phone told me that all the information he gathered suggested that the charger would work. So I bought the charger, plugged it into my laptop, and only a dim green light is showing on the charger. I've tried a number of things to get it to work including : cleaning the connection with alcohol and qtips, trying to turn on the laptop without the battery, and resetting the SMC. How do I get it to work?! Has anybody had the same issue? Please help!
 

definitive

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Aug 4, 2008
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same dim light issue on the early 2009 model, though after pushing the end that's at the laptop's back down the light turns on all the way. it's possible that the dc-in magsafe power adapter on the laptop itself is worn out or dirty.
 

KMR110

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Jun 5, 2012
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well i've tried cleaning it with a qtip and alcohol and gently scrubbing with a toothbrush so i dont think that's my issue :( i just hope its not something major but i have a bad feeling cause i can barely find helpful info on why this would happen
 

definitive

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well i've tried cleaning it with a qtip and alcohol and gently scrubbing with a toothbrush so i dont think that's my issue :( i just hope its not something major but i have a bad feeling cause i can barely find helpful info on why this would happen
It very well might be the issue with the dc-in magsafe power adapter. I ended up buying a new plug for the MacBook I was using, and replacing it a couple of days ago, and now the charger works like new.

This is the one I ended up purchasing, but for half the price off of EBay:
http://www.ifixit.com/MacBook-Parts/MacBook-MagSafe-DC-In-Board/IF186-019
 

Sofitmac09

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Jul 14, 2012
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I have the same problem my charger broke battery ran down while replacement came it didn't work so rang apple they sent out a mew one that didn't work tried an old t shape one from a friend that doesn't work (all have dim green light ) I was using the computer till the battery drained and have never had any problems have you managed to fix it?
 

KMR110

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Jun 5, 2012
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nope, still haven't fixed it. I visited another "apple certified store" and they told me it's probably the logic board and it's going to cost around $700 to fix. haaa what a joke!
 
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