Strange charging issue

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by mfchapman, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. mfchapman macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2009
    I've been having trouble with my macbook not charging. I sent it to the shop I bought it from to have it worked on and he called me back in 30 minutes to tell me it was fixed. He sent me pictures of the orange light and lightning bolt symbol to prove it. He sent it back to me Fedex and, at first, it didn't work...then the light turned orange and it began charging. The light soon dimmed but still charged. A few hours later it wouldn't charge again, (dim light and 'not charging' next to battery icon). So it went from working, to working most of the time, to not working at all again in the course of a day. As far as I know, the tech reset the SMC (which I have done) and replaced the DC in board. Does this sound like the logic board? This is really frustrating, and from what I've seen on these forums, not uncommon. On the positive side, the computer still works, but it completely defeats the purpose of having a portable. My battery is good, so is the magsafe. I've also tried all of the battery updates from the Apple website. This computer is not under warranty and not eligible for Applecare. There are plenty of threads about macbooks not charging but I haven't come across one which started working again for a brief time.

    Thanks (sorry for the long post)
  2. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    I had kind of the same situation, but they replaced my logic board first try. I guess I got decent Geniuses that actually knew what the problem was.

    So my advice is, request a logic board replacement. I know how you feel, and it is really annoying to have the computer not charge like that.
  3. o2xygen macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2009
    Mines currently in an authorised repair store right now for the same problem as yours. I really do hope its not the logic board, and just the charger or battery.
  4. mneur macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2006
    Same thing here

    I have the same problem with my Macbook Pro CD 2.33.

    The battery indicator says "Not Charging". Very faint light on the Magsafe connector. The battery is fine, it's only 6 months old (was already replaced from a defective one). I have verified that both the battery and charger work fine in my colleagues similar Macbook Pro. So the charger is not at fault, neither is the battery. Otherwise the machine works fine.

    So what could it be? Any idea's anyone?

    Just in case anyone is wondering: did all the usual stuff: reset SMC, force quits, resets, the works...

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