White Macbook,battery indicator problem 10.5.6?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Shagrat, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Shagrat macrumors 6502a

    Shagrat

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    Don't know whether this is linked, but soon after updating to 10.5.6, my battery indicator keeps flashing between the percentage, and saying Not Charging.

    Could this be my battery, which is the original one supplied with my 1st Gen Whitebook? Or maybe something to do with the update?

    Anybody noticed a similar problem?

    Have checked battery contatcts, and all seems well.

    Don't want to have to buy a new battery if i don't have to!
     
  2. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    hhmmm... right before 10.5.6 there was an update for the "battery indicator"..
    what is your current battery health (from iStat)
     
  3. Shagrat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Think that was for Alu body 'books, but I'll check with iStat...
     
  4. Shagrat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh dear...iStat says Health 37%! Will try a full charge, discharge cycle and see if that helps...
     
  5. Shagrat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ineresting. went to the Apple site, ans there was an updater for the Macbook battery from sometime ago, which I installed, even though I am fairly sure was already on the Macbook. Has stopped the "flashing" but still reporting the battery at 36%.

    also, age of battery is 33 months, but only 150-ish power cycles, which is probably true, as I tend to run it on the mains power not battery.

    Looks like a new battery is in the offing, I guess...:(

    Still have to keep this thing going, as at least it has Firewire!
     
  6. Tastannin macrumors 6502

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    Try a battery recondition (run machine on battery until it shuts down. Charge it to 100%) and see if that helps. I think Apple even has a page on this.
     
  7. Shagrat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for that, have found the page, and am trying right now.
     

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