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Weird charger issues

2133 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jun 4, 2012 5:30 AM by Khaledrm RSS
Khaledrm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 3, 2012 5:12 PM

Hi,

 

I have the late 2011 i5 Macbook pro 13".

 

Lately, I have been facing issues with my Macbook pro and its charger. Am not sure what is the issue exactly and this is why am here to see if you guys can help me.

 

This is how it all started

 

1 - One day suddenly the LED dint wasn't lighting up upon connecting the charger to the Macbook, But it always charged. To fix the LED problem, I use to disconnect the charger from the Macbook pro and connect again. This sometimes fixed the LED issue temporarily, but not always.

 

2 - After the serverl months of abnormal LED performance, Another problem started which started killing me. After connecting the charger, It would say not charging on the Macbook, Nor did the LED Light up. I kept the charging connecting for hours, but no change in battery percentage. The LED stopped working at all. I tried disconnecting from the charger from the wall outlet and Macbook pro multiple times, but nothing changed ( No LED & Not charging )

 

3 - I googled and read forums. I tried SMC Reseting, but it dint help. I followed this thread http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3964 and read the instructions under the subtitle "Resetting the SMC on portables with a battery you should not remove on your own" since my laptop bottom cover is screwed from all sides. It fixed nothing. Am not even sure if the SMC reset properly, since my LED chargers LED wasn't lighting up at all.

 

4 - Then all of a sudden, I see the orange LED lit on the charger. I was happy, The laptop started charging again just like normal, but the sad part is when i disconnected the charger from the Macbook pro, the LED was still lit -.-

 

5 - I thought this would continue forever, but as soon as i disconnected the charger from the wall outlet and connected it back, the LED went off and i was Returned back to problem in point number 3 ( No LED, Not charging )

 

6 - Then yesterday again, the LED lighted up suddenly. Currently, the LED still lit although the charger is not connected to the laptop.

 

This thing is killing me, Please i need some help. My laptop is still under warranty but am not sure if the charger is included in the warranty or not.

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4 (2,455 points)
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    Jun 3, 2012 7:08 PM (in response to Khaledrm)

    This thing is killing me, Please i need some help. My laptop is still under warranty but am not sure if the charger is included in the warranty or not.

     

    Your computer and accessories are covered for 1 year unless you have Apple care which extends the coverge to 3 years. Read the fine print in the papers you got with the computer to see if there are any exclusions. Things like water damage and physical abuse of course are not warranted.

     

    Go to an Apple Service facility soon

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Jun 3, 2012 7:19 PM (in response to Khaledrm)

    Clean out the area where the charger connect and the chagrer end that connect to that port. Both are magnetic and can pick up debris causing the connector to not seat properly.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Jun 3, 2012 7:22 PM (in response to Khaledrm)

    when i disconnected the charger from the Macbook pro, the LED was still lit -.-

    Then your Power adapter is defective.

     

    There are only two wires from the power adapter body up through the cord to a really tiny cicuit card that holds a tiny IC and the LEDs (top and bottom) inside the Magsafe end. If the LED is coming on with no MacBook attached, there is some sort of loose connection or short circuit, or the tiny IC chip has failed in a wacky way.

     

    If you hold the cord firmy in your fingers near the Magsafe end, and can rotate the MagSafe end more than a few degrees, one of the wires has come loose inside the MagSafe end.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Jun 3, 2012 7:25 PM (in response to Shootist007)

    When new, only the computer port is magnetic. The MagSafe end of the power adapter is not magnetic.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • cuteware Calculating status...
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    Jun 3, 2012 9:47 PM (in response to Khaledrm)

    I had the same problem.  I could sometimes wiggle it until it would work.  I ended up going to the Apple Store and they gave me a brand new cord.  Thanks to Apple Care it didn't cost me a dime.  Now I am back to normal.  Good luck.

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