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No light on my Time Capsule

4689 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 30, 2012 9:01 PM by macorin RSS
macorin Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Apr 30, 2012 8:44 PM

I recently returned from vacation to notice that my Wifi connection was lost.  Upon looking at my Time Capsule, I noticed that there was no light on the front.  No green light, no orange light and no blinking light.  Simply no light at all.  I tried resetting it, and also resetting my modem.  I've unplugged the ethernet and the power cord, but nothing seems to get the light back on.  I feel hard pressed to believe that the thing just died, but I can't seem to figure anything else out here.  I've since gone to my Airport Express to connect to the internet, but I am hoping to troubleshoot this issue here.  My Time Capsule not only served as my wireless base station, but as my Time Machine backup disk.  Any assistance or ideas would be greatly appreciated.



Macbook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,025 points)
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    Apr 30, 2012 8:48 PM (in response to macorin)

    Off means "no power":


    It is possible its power supply has failed. An Apple Store can make a definitive diagnosis, but without test equipment there is nothing more you can do.


    Lots of people extract its internal disk drive and press it into service in another enclosure. Chances are it's still OK even if the power supply is not.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,025 points)
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    Apr 30, 2012 8:58 PM (in response to macorin)

    You're right about the time it requires to back up over wireless - an external drive is a better idea. Buy an external enclosure for $40 or so and your Time Machine backups can continue as if nothing happened.


    Here is one procedure for removing its hard disk:



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