3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 17, 2011 1:52 PM by Kris_K
kayla612 Level 1 (0 points)
I've had my MacBook Pro for a few weeks now and it has been working great!

I am still new to Mac and don't know if I am doing something wrong, but tonight when I plugged it in the orange light came on as always, but in the battery display it said (Not Charging) and the icon is the battery with a kind of lightening bolt-esque looking icon in it instead of the charging symbol.

Has anyone else had this problem and know how to fix it? I tried several outlets in my house and got the same response in all cases.

macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • S.U. Level 6 (8,360 points)
    Welcome to Apple Discussions!

    On my Macs, the lightning shaped icon is the charging symbol. The Not Charging symbol looks like a two-prong plug, indicating the battery is plugged in. If not charging, the battery light should be green. If charging, it should be orange.

    Are you saying that you are getting an orange light and the lightning icon and text saying that the battery is not charging? If you click on the battery icon and select "Show Percentage", does the percentage change over time to show that the battery is charging?

    If so, this is a very odd problem. It might be worth trying a SMC reset:


    For a good read on batteries:


    Good luck!
  • kayla612 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't know. All I know is last night when I plugged it in, everything seemed to be going normal (the light was orange and seemed to be charging) but in the corner where it shows the battery, the time left on it kept diminishing and it said "not charging" which confused me. I dont know if it was a fluke or something, because right now it is charged to 97% and is working fine, but it was just a wierd problem.

    I guess I'm just going to wait and see if it happens again or something.

    Thanks though for your input. I appreciate it
  • Kris_K Level 1 (5 points)
    I am seeing a similar problem except I am not even getting the orange light. I have a 24" Cinema Display that had been used with an older Macbook pro. After upgrading the the Quad core MBP I am not seeing consistent charging. I have found if I unplug the display port it charges fine. I am guessing this has something to do with the Thunderbolt port not playing nice with the display. I believe that Apple will need to release firmware to fix this.