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#11553 - 08/23/10 11:43 AM Laptop wont work without cord
kevs Offline


Registered: 12/07/09
For first time ever, my 2 year old macbook does not seem to work without the cord. Usually I unplug it and it's ok.
Now I unplug it and the screen goes black. even with plug I do not see the battery symbol. is this unusual?

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#11554 - 08/23/10 12:32 PM Re: Laptop wont work without cord [Re: kevs]
tacit Offline


Registered: 08/03/09
Loc: Portland, Oregon, USA
I'd say so, yes. Sounds like either a faff battery or a power manager problem.

First, check the battery. Do the lights on the bottom come on when you press the little battery charge button? Remove and re-seat it; does it show up then?

If not, the next thing to try is resetting the system manager controller.
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#11555 - 08/23/10 02:44 PM Re: Laptop wont work without cord [Re: kevs]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
It may be worth your while to read this, kevs.
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#11556 - 08/23/10 04:43 PM Re: Laptop wont work without cord [Re: artie505]
kevs Offline


Registered: 12/07/09
thanks Guys,
great tips.
I live only 1 block from an Apple store.
Now that I know how easy it is to make appointments I think that's the route to go.

I learned from the ipod, it's good to treat your battery like a "muscle" and exercise it. Drain it down. Don't keep it plugged in....

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