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Old 07-05-2012, 11:34 PM
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I have an ancient macbook that a few months ago started gradually losing the ability to hold a charge (or so it seemed). I've noticed for a long while that it doesn't last nearly as long as my sister's newer macbook. Maybe an hour-hour and a half and then it dies.

But a few months ago the battery symbol at the top of the computer started saying less and less and less battery charge even if I had it plugged in 24/7. It finally got down to being at about 6% all the time and if I would accidentally unplug it, it would die right away. It stayed like that for a while and I was going to go get the battery replaced bu just ever got around to it.

Then a few weeks ago I noticed it was back up to 37%. Then a few days later I noticed it was at 70% and so on until now where it will go to 100% and then hold a battery for at least an hour or two again. What in the world is going on?
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:38 PM
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:47 PM
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Chances are your battery pack is going out. They only last a few years. Your best bet is to find a mac repair near you, or you can try the Apple store if you feel brave.

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Old 07-05-2012, 11:55 PM
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:30 AM
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My dell did that... motherboard was dying =(
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:47 AM
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There was a battery recall/replacement several years ago for a handful of the Apple laptops, although I think it was mostly iBooks. Maybe check into whether yours was a part of that?
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:33 PM
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Good idea!

If the motherboard was dying would that explain sometimes randomly losing the ability to move the cursor with the touch pad?
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Mine did that too...

It also sounded like a helicopter trying to land every time I did so much as type.
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I was told you aren't supposed to leave the battery pack in 24/7, while plugged in, because the battery will continuously be charging. It's kind of the same as plugging in a cell phone every night even if it doesn't need it, the battery gets worn out.
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