There does seem to be evidence that some users batteries are being affected by the installation of Mountain Lion.
Unfortunately, once your battery shows the service message, even reverting to an older operating system doesn't seem to change its condition. It looks like your computer is one of the affected models. You'll need to have your battery serviced, most likely have it replaced... but before you do, zero out your HD and reinstall your old OS.
Don't update to Mountain Lion again until this issue has been resolved by the OS developers at Apple. If you do, you may risk killing your replacement battery, too. Sorry.
The SMC reset helped me. I'm using an early 2011 13" macbook pro. After upgrading to Mountain Lion, I noticed the battery drained so fast and after a while I got the Service Battery message.
I was really about to have it replaced, It's a good thing I had a hard time doing that in my country!
After completely draining and charging my battery and then doing the SMC reset, it went back to normal.
Today it happened to me too. Service battery notice. Current charge 0% (*huh*, how can it still be running...)
This is already my third battery in my early 2008 MacBook Pro. I have the feeling that:
1. OS X upgrades kill my batteries: I had to replace the battery after upgrading from 10.5 to 10.6 and now from
10.7 to 10.8.
2. The MacBook Pro early 2008 is a very bad series:
- Display "clamshell" has been replaced due to broken LED issue (only half the LED's lighting up after sleep)
- Logic board had been replaced (bad NVIDIA GPU)
-- Both these issues have been solved under Applecare, luckily.
- Battery has been replaced 3 (THREE!) times in 3 years. The average lifespan of a battery is slightly less
than ONE year.
For me - personaly - these issues are really the limit. After being a loyal Apple user for more than 6 years I feel quite disappointed.
I will contact a European Apple "Premium" Reseller this week to see what they are prepared to do.
Since I live in the South of the Netherlands I would have to travel about 180 km to the nearest real Apple Store (Amsterdam). The warranty has long expired, so perhaps now is the time to stop wasting money on repairs and buy a cheap € 400 laptop on linux instead of another € 139 battery...
I really, really hope that the Service Battery issue is a (bad) joke and an update of OS X will solve the issue.
One reply to my own post.
Apple: I am open for suggestions and willing to try out anything. My life and job depends on my MacBook Pro.
You will need to tell Apple
This is simply a User to User Forum, with others like yourself trying to help resolve each others issues.
Having read a post about resitting the SMC on another forum and also on Apples Web Site, I am now getting the service battery error message.
I'm not 100% certain how well my battery is doing because it wasn't doing well before I reset the SMC anyway so I had to do that once I found out about that.
My warrenty is about to run out this month so I am wondering would Apple replace the battery? I don't mind if the Battery has genuinely worn out as they don't last forever but if an Apple update has caused it to ware out early then I would like to get Apple to replace it.
Looks like the warrenty ran out at the end of August. I might still go to an Apple store anyway to find out more.
I may be after a new Mac soon anyway as I could preferably do with a ligher one for travelling and having owned an iPod Touch, which overall I like, I'm not keen on getting an iPad. No unix shell available as far as I know.
Personally I solved the issue. Im my case I think it was caused by an older version of Onyx.
- reset pram (Ctrl + Option + P + R) on boot
- Install new version of Onyx and perform maintenance scripts and repair permissions
System should be fine then.
What I noticed though is that after I had solved the issue, battery quality had decreased from 97% to 91% max. charge. That is quite dramatic...
If you can't solve your issue: contact Apple store or reseller.
If your battery is younger then 1 year you can get a new one under guarantee.