There is an x on my battery icon for my mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by krojas27, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. krojas27 macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2012
    My macbook is a Mac OS X 10.5.8 and I bought it back in 2008/09.
    The computer will not turn on unless the power adapter is plugged in. When I unplugged it it stayed on but the battery was still an x. I went to my mac preference panel and it read as such:

    Battery Information:

    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh): 0
    Fully charged: Yes
    Charging: No
    Full charge capacity (mAh): 0
    Health Information:
    Cycle count: 0
    Battery Installed: No
    Amperage (mA): 0
    Voltage (mV): 0

    System Power Settings:

    AC Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 0
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 15
    Automatic Restart On Power Loss: Yes
    Wake On AC Change: No
    Wake On Clamshell Open: Yes
    Wake On LAN: No
    Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes
    Battery Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 20
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 20
    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

    Do I have to get a new battery? replace the computer? can I still use it as long as the charger is attached? and will it hurt my computer if I use it this way?

    ~Sorry for so many questions and Thanks in advance.
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    You're battery is dead. Replacing it should work.
  3. aerok macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    I believe it's $150 at the Apple Store or $50 for diy buying battery at eBay
  4. powers74 macrumors 68000


    Aug 18, 2008
    At the bend in the river
    Not necessarily. My brother has one and his battery indicator also has an "X" but it's a brand new battery. But the laptop also won't stay on unless it's plugged in either. So maybe a slightly different issue. Trying to figure it out now.
  5. brop52 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2007
    Reset the SMC. Might help. If not the battery is dead. Your brother should reset the SMC too but if that doesn't work it is defective.

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