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Question: Macbook Pro battery damaged - any way to run off of ac power adapter?

Hello,


I have a Macbook Pro purchased in 2011 (what is considered a "vintage" model now...); about six months ago something happened and the battery exploded/expanded to the point where it bent out the bottom of the laptop. There is a corner that is now open on the bottom and the battery is visible. Since then, the laptop only runs when connected to power. The light on the power adapter is always green when plugged in, the battery icon has an "x" through it, the power source says "battery" and it also says "No battery available" - I have no idea how it has continued to run, but after contacting apple and third party repair shops I have been told that there's no way to replace the battery on a machine this old. I am also worried that removing the battery or messing with it in any way will cause more damage and the laptop will no longer be functional.


The only thing I would like to do is a software update on the laptop, but when I try to, I get a popup message that I can't do the update because the laptop isn't connected to a power source (although it obviously is because it does not stay on when not plugged in). Is there any way to help recognize the power source as the AC adapter? Or just get around this option of having to be connected to a power source to do the update? Thanks

MacBook Pro, iOS 10

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Mar 14, 2018 11:47 AM in response to jessicaegan315 In response to jessicaegan315

Remove the battery. If there hasn't been any other damage then you should be able to use it on AC charger, only. Note that it will run slower without the battery due to a reduction in clock speed that occurs without the battery.

Mar 14, 2018 11:47 AM

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Mar 14, 2018 12:50 PM in response to jessicaegan315 In response to jessicaegan315

jessicaegan315 wrote:


Hello,


I have a Macbook Pro purchased in 2011 (what is considered a "vintage" model now...); about six months ago something happened and the battery exploded/expanded to the point where it bent out the bottom of the laptop. There is a corner that is now open on the bottom and the battery is visible. Since then, the laptop only runs when connected to power. The light on the power adapter is always green when plugged in, the battery icon has an "x" through it, the power source says "battery" and it also says "No battery available" - I have no idea how it has continued to run, but after contacting apple and third party repair shops I have been told that there's no way to replace the battery on a machine this old. I am also worried that removing the battery or messing with it in any way will cause more damage and the laptop will no longer be functional.


Technically true that Apple won't replace the battery.


What's the screen size? If it's the 13", Apple does have the A1322 battery available, although getting them to order one when your machine is considered "vintage" is another matter. It was used up until the mid-2012 MBP that was on the market until 2016, so the whole thing about 5 years until vintage status (and discontinuation of parts) is going to take a while.


The other thing is that as a "vintage" machine, it's still possible to get a battery if the service is done in California. An Apple Store won't do it, but Apple says that an AASP might be able to perform the service.


The other thing is that while Apple doesn't consider it a DIY job, it is pretty easy to do yourself. It would require a couple of fairly simple tools - a P5 pentalobe screwdriver for the battery and a Phillips #00 screwdriver for the case. Many aftermarket batteries come in complete kits with basic versions of those screwdrivers.

Mar 14, 2018 12:50 PM

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