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Charger Flashing Amber AND Green While Charging

1617 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2007 9:59 AM by Vivek V. RSS
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Jan 12, 2007 3:19 PM
Hi All,

I'm wondering if anyone has a reason why my charger is going from amber to green while charging my battery ? It also appears that my battery is not lasting very long anymore. It's only 6 months old. Any suggestions?

Mark
MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Jan 12, 2007 3:29 PM (in response to Mark05)
    Try resetting the System Management Controller…

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303446
    Mac Pro 2.66GHz 3GB/5x300GB (see bio)/ATi X1900 XT/AE/BT ; Dell 2405FPW, Mac OS X (10.4.8), MacBook Pro 15.4" C2D 2.16GHz 2GB/120GB/Glossy ; Mac mini CD 1.66GHz 2GB/80GB/SD
  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Jan 13, 2007 7:02 AM (in response to Mark05)
    Sorry… I posted the wrong SMC document. Anyway, given that didn't work haev you simply tried calibrating your battery…

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86284

    … ?
    Mac Pro 2.66GHz 3GB/5x300GB (see bio)/ATi X1900 XT/AE/BT ; Dell 2405FPW, Mac OS X (10.4.8), MacBook Pro 15.4" C2D 2.16GHz 2GB/120GB/Glossy ; Mac mini CD 1.66GHz 2GB/80GB/SD
  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Jan 13, 2007 9:00 AM (in response to Mark05)
    Yup… you probably haev a bad battery. However, some do come good simply be calibrating it a couple of times over successive nights. I don't recommend doing this more than 3 times consecutively though.
    Mac Pro 2.66GHz 3GB/5x300GB (see bio)/ATi X1900 XT/AE/BT ; Dell 2405FPW, Mac OS X (10.4.8), MacBook Pro 15.4" C2D 2.16GHz 2GB/120GB/Glossy ; Mac mini CD 1.66GHz 2GB/80GB/SD
  • Vivek V. Level 3 Level 3 (615 points)
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    Jan 13, 2007 9:59 AM (in response to Mark05)
    Hey Mark05, I think I had the exact same issue as you! My charger flickered from green to amber every like 15-45 secs. The battery would still charge, but I confirmed that I had a problem when I started noticing that after unplugging the adapter, the computer would inevitably shutdown within 10-20 minutes even if the battery was fully charged.

    Your solution is to call apple care and explain your situation. They will send you a replacement battery. I have an applestore near me, and I went there and they replaced it on the spot. If you go to the applestore though, make sure you schedule an appointment via http://www.concierge.apple.com .

    Whether or not your mac shuts down without the adapter, you should probably be noticing that the battery life of your MBP is pretty much shot. That was the case with mine, even though I wasn't able to appreciably notice the difference until my battery was replaced. I now get 1-2 hrs more per charge!

    Basically, the "genius" at the applestore told me that my battery was dysfunctionally taking up charge.

    Good Luck with everything

    hope my experiences help you in your quest to fix your MBP.
    MacBook Pro 2.0 GHz 2 GB Ram, Mac OS X (10.4.8), Powerbook G4 DVI 800 MHz

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