Plugged in & "connected" but NOT charging

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by magic88, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. magic88 macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2010
    Hi there,

    In the last few months I have been having trouble charging my Macbook (Early 2008). My computer is about 2 and a half years old.

    When I plug in my Macbook with the MagSafe power adapter, the little light that is supposed to show up green or red usually does not show up at all. Sometimes the light shows up green when it is not fully charged.

    Also, when my Macbook is plugged in, it does not usually start charging, though the charge on the battery will stay static. For example, I have been using my Macbook for the last 3 hours. Even though it's plugged in, the charge on the battery is still at 38%.

    I have tried shutting down my computer, popping out the battery, and then putting the battery back in. This allowed me to start charging my computer one time, but it obviously did not fix the problem. One time I held my Macbook and shook it up and down a couple of times, and when I plugged it in again, it started charging.

    Here is my hardware information:

    Hardware Overview:
    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook4,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MB41.00C1.B00
    SMC Version (system): 1.31f0
    Serial Number (system): W8823SXA0P1
    Hardware UUID: 9925BAB9-883A-5871-ADB9-71AD1063C304
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled

    and here is the Power information:

    Battery Information:
    Model Information:
    Serial Number: DP-ASMB016-38ba-2f09
    Manufacturer: DP
    Device name: ASMB016
    Pack Lot Code: 0002
    PCB Lot Code: 0000
    Firmware Version: 0110
    Hardware Revision: 0500
    Cell Revision: 0200
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 1833
    Fully charged: No
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 4791
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 58
    Condition: Good
    Battery Installed: Yes
    Amperage (mA): 0
    Voltage (mV): 11555

    System Power Settings:
    AC Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 15
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 5
    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): 5
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 1
    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

    Does this just mean I need a new battery, or is this something more serious?

    I would really appreciate some help, as I am really dependent on my laptop for school work.

    Thank you in advance,

  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    When was the last time you calibrated your battery? See my sig about resetting your SMC which may also help.
  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Try turning off the computer and taking out the battery, then plug in the power adapter. With the battery out and the power adapter plugged in, is the computer able to be powered on?

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