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Rick Wilson Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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Dec 9, 2012 5:21 PM

Macbook Pro 1,2

2.16 Ghz Intel Core Duo

Running 10.6.8

 

Coconut Battery has N/A for everything except Mac Model (Macbook Pro 1,2) and Age of your Mac  (77 Months)

 

When the Magsafe adapter is connected it is orange. The computer runs when it is disconected. The computer will not boot up without the magsafe connector connected. I'm currently leaving it on and unplugged trying to run the battery down.

 

I've removed the battery and re-installed - Sill had an X

I've reset the SMC and still have the X

I've reset NVRAM and still have the X

 

After 1 or 2 reboots (and the magsafe connected) I did get the charging icon with 0%. It went back to an X after 20 or 30 seconds. Immediately after booting and showing the 0%, About this Mac shows a battery is connected. When it goes back to the X and I refresh the System Profile page, it says No battery installed.

 

I bought this computer used and I've had it for approx 2 years. Haven't had any issues up till now. I installed more memory the day I bought it and replaced the harddrive (needed a larger one) about 18 months ago.

 

Any help is appreciated.

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,135 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 5:55 PM (in response to Rick Wilson)

    What specs show up in Apple menu / About this Mac / More Info... / System Report / Power / Battery?

     

    The Gypsy's cristal ball sees a new battery in your future.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,375 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 5:56 PM (in response to Rick Wilson)

    Look in SYSTEM PROFILER>HARDWARE>POWER>BATTERY INFORMATION>HEALTH INFORMATION>CONDITION.  If it does not say ''Normal, your battery probably needs replacement.  Regardless of the number of cycles the battery has gone through,  6+ years is a very, very long life span for a battery.

     

    Ciao.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,375 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 6:15 PM (in response to Rick Wilson)

    Please post the equivalent portion of your MBP SYSTEM PROFILER:

     

    Screen shot 2012-12-09 at 9.13.12 PM.png

     

    Ciao.

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,135 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 6:20 PM (in response to Rick Wilson)

    SMC reset is next on the menu:  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3964

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,375 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 6:39 PM (in response to Rick Wilson)

    You should be able to just drag a screen shot into the entry field.  There is no need to convert to jpeg.  When the entry field accepts the image, the 'Insert Image' button the will become active.

     

    Ciao.

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,135 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 6:49 PM (in response to Rick Wilson)

    Well, since you've done essentially all that can be done with what's at hand, time to go into forensics mode and confirm what croaked. Apple Hardware Test: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1509

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,375 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 7:01 PM (in response to Rick Wilson)

    My money is on that the battery needs to be replaced.  I suggest taking your geriatric MBP (I have a 1.2 as well) to an Apple store genius bar and have one of the technicians put their tentacles on the MBP to make  a definitive diagnosis.  A new battery at Apple is $129.

     

    Ciao.

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,135 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 11:02 PM (in response to Rick Wilson)

    As you may know, all modern lithium batteries come with a miniaturized management controller to prevent overcharging, overheating, etc. The Mac's SMC talks to this "mini computer" to control power thorought the system. In this case, it appears that they are not talking anymore. Either the battery fried or the communication channel (one of the wires in the battery connector) went kaput.

     

    If you want to restore functionality, battery replacement is inevitable. Then  you'll know which of the two options occurred. If the battery profile should remain blank after replacement, then the Mac has bigger issues, but I have high hopes that will not be the case. Yeah, you could waffle and delay replacement, but know that your data will be at risk every time there's any kind of power failure, cause you have no idea what the battery is up to.

     

    With your model number, check in PowerBookMedic.com, IFixIt.com for parts, prices and DIY's.

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