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    Default My Macbook only works when it's plugged in?

    My Macbook works fine as long as it's plugged in, but if I unplug it, it'll just immediately switch off. Does anyone know what's wrong, and how I can fix it?

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    You have a dead battery. You will need to buy a new battery for the MacBook.

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    You can also try battery update first, before you call it a dead battery. Search for it on the apple support website.

    Its free and a small download and worth a shot.

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    Hmmm good point.

    Another thing I'd try is pressing the level meter on the bottom of the battery also to see if the battery holds any charge. It could be the computer that's not recognising it.

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    This happened to my wife's MacBook. I tried everything already mentioned here but the only thing that fixed it was a new battery.
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    gehenna's Avatar gehenna is offline Big things have small beginnings

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    If you have Applecare the battery replacement is free.

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    AppleCare doesn't cover batteries.

    As a side note, unless and until you buy a new battery your MacBook CPU runs at approximately half speed. Thanks, Apple!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Coxy View Post
    AppleCare doesn't cover batteries.
    Officially, no. But they gave my stunning blonde Polish friend one no problem... grr...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnie Darko View Post
    Officially, no. But they gave my stunning blonde Polish friend one no problem... grr...
    Hmm, so maybe the trick here is sending your gf off with your macbook in a nice sexy dress instead of our dweeby selves?

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    gehenna's Avatar gehenna is offline Big things have small beginnings

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Coxy View Post
    AppleCare doesn't cover batteries.

    As a side note, unless and until you buy a new battery your MacBook CPU runs at approximately half speed. Thanks, Apple!
    Thats odd, when my gf's battery failed it was replaced under warranty with no questions, all we had to do was surrender the faulty battery.

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    Theres a difference between a failed battery and an exhausted battery, they run a diagnostic off an iPod Nano

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