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Question: MacBook Pro [15", mid 2010] battery not holding a charge

My MacBook Pro won't hold a charge. It only works with the magnetic cord connected. The power light won't turn orange, only green. At this point is it worth it to travel to an Apple store to have the battery replaced or attempt to buy one online and install it myself [I’m pretty handy]. I don't use it very often but I don't want to destroy it either. The hardware and battery information is as follows:



Hardware Overview:


Model Name: MacBook Pro

Model Identifier: MacBookPro6,2

Processor Name: Intel Core i7

Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz

Number of Processors: 1

Total Number of Cores: 2

L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB

L3 Cache: 4 MB

Memory: 4 GB

Processor Interconnect Speed: 4.8 GT/s

Boot ROM Version: MBP61.005A.B00

SMC Version (system): 1.58f16

Serial Number (system): W80—————————

Hardware UUID: F828—————————————

Sudden Motion Sensor:

State: Enabled




Battery Information:


Model Information:

Serial Number: W00———————

Manufacturer: SMP

Device Name: bq20z451

Pack Lot Code: 0

PCB Lot Code: 0

Firmware Version: 201

Hardware Revision: 000a

Cell Revision: 157

Charge Information:

Charge Remaining (mAh): 0

Fully Charged: No

Charging: No

Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 6221

Health Information:

Cycle Count: 111

Condition: Replace Now

Battery Installed: Yes

Amperage (mA): 0

Voltage (mV): 7530


System Power Settings:


AC Power:

System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 16

Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 10

Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 5

Wake on AC Change: No

Wake on Clamshell Open: Yes

Wake on LAN: Yes

Current Power Source: Yes

Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes

GPUSwitch: 2

Hibernate Mode: 3

PrioritizeNetworkReachabilityOverSleep: 0

Battery Power:

System Sleep Timer (Minutes): 0

Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes): 0

Display Sleep Timer (Minutes): 0

Wake on AC Change: No

Wake on Clamshell Open: Yes

Display Sleep Uses Dim: Yes

GPUSwitch: 2

Hibernate Mode: 3

Reduce Brightness: Yes


Hardware Configuration:


UPS Installed: No


AC Charger Information:


Connected: Yes

Charging: No

MacBook Pro, OS X El Capitan (10.11.6), 15 inch, mid 2010

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Mar 13, 2018 8:26 AM in response to dinna In response to dinna

1. Condition of the battery is “Replace Now”.


Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 6221

Health Information:

Cycle Count: 111

Condition: Replace Now


2. This model belongs to “Vintage and Obsolete” group now.

It is not possible to buy a battery from Apple for this model.


Apple vintage and obsolete products

• MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010)

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201624


3. If you wish, you can buy a battery from MacSales and install it yourself.

For info:

User uploaded file

https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Apple/Laptop/Batteries?utm_source=google&utm_med ium=cpc&utm_campaign=batteries&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIoaCsvsjp2QIVAyaGCh1GeQ9mEAAYASA AEgI9j_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Mar 13, 2018 8:26 AM

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Mar 13, 2018 9:00 AM in response to Allan Jones In response to Allan Jones

Allan Jones wrote:


Is this the original battery or has it already been replaced once? The cycle count is very low for a battery that is 7-8 years old.


Wouldn't be unusual for a "desktop replacement" notebook computer. I've got less than 100 cycles in three years. Obviously someone could do less than that.


And of course any battery could lose capacity just as a matter of aging. Or it could start failing randomly. Until there's some other technology available, lithium-ion batteries will occasionally suffer random failures.


For the OP, have you tried looking at coconutBattery? It will give some information about the battery (like manufacture date) that isn't in System Report.


https://www.coconut-flavour.com/coconutbattery/

Mar 13, 2018 9:00 AM

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Mar 13, 2018 9:55 AM in response to dinna In response to dinna

dinna wrote:


So will the diagnosis of the original battery change the outcome of having to replace it?


No. You need to replace it. I had an original MacBook battery with less than 100 cycles that was producing a "Replace Now" notice. I believe the "smart battery" system was corrupted and it was registering a negative number for the capacity. That could be what you're dealing with, and there's really not much that you can do other than to replace the battery.


However, if you check with coconutBattery, it will tell you something more detailed. You might just try disconnecting the battery connector and putting it back on. That's pretty simple, and all you'll need is a #00 Phillips screwdriver.

Mar 13, 2018 9:55 AM

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