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I have a MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (Pre-unibody) running Snow Leopard that fails to stay in sleep mode when the battery is run down to 0%.

This problem just started a month ago. The battery is new. It runs down fine and I get a warning when the reserve battery kicks in at 10%, but when it reaches 0, it goes into sleep mode for about 1 second and then dies.

When I boot back up, it tries to recover but fails and then just reboots as normal. I tried recalibrating the battery and I also tried resetting the PMU but to no avail.

If anyone has any ideas, I'm open to suggestions.

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when you try to boot it back up... is it charged? – user6124 Jul 26 '11 at 2:10
What does System Information report (Hardware > Power), that your battery is healthy? Try to recreate the problem, but before you do, open Terminal and run this command sudo pmset -g rawlog. It'll capture important information in Console. When you reboot and power up again, come back and post the output. – user10355 Sep 24 '11 at 4:05
Are there any peripherals? – Graham Perrin Mar 26 '12 at 21:40

You may need to recalibrate for the new battery. Use the computer until you get the warning message. Then, shut down and plug it in. Let it charge fully before you turn it back on. Doing this will allow the system to calibrate for the new battery so that it can more accurately tell how much charge is remaining, which could help if it thinks the battery will last longer than it does.

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Thank you for the quick reply. I tried recalibrating this battery before but i can try one more time to make sure. – user8384 Jul 26 '11 at 1:53
The calibration process needs to have the machine rest in sleep for up to 5 hours - and by the description - it's not doing that. It sounds more like it's failing and needs to be swapped - since it's new - take it to Apple for an evaluation and potential exchange/repair. – bmike Aug 25 '11 at 2:51

The notebook is supposed to enter into safesleep mode once it goes to sleep with less than 10% battery remaining. It records everything to hard drive and fully powers down so it doesn't use more battery power keeping the memory alive.

However in your case it doesn't have enough energy left to spin the hard drive up and record everything. In fact, if you've only been browsing, or reading, the hard drive might not have even been on while you've been using it - and suddenly it spins up, spikes the power consumption while writing the memory to the drive, and then shuts down due to low voltage.

You can try the calibration routine with one modification: when you get the 10% warning, put it to sleep and let it sleep for 5 or more hours. Then plug it in before you wake it up.

If the calibration routine still isn't working properly, I suggest you take the laptop and new battery to the genius bar, discharged to 10% so they can run it down there, and let them handle it. They'll either get it to calibrate, or they'll replace the battery if it's a new Apple battery.

This shouldn't be happening, so don't hesitate to have them support you.

If you're out of warranty, or you're using a third-party battery, then you might try applications such as which force the laptop to go into safesleep mode (hibernate) rather than sleep mode.

If you are using a third party replacement battery, talk to their technical support. It's obviously not fully compatible with your laptop if it's not calibrating correctly. It could be that it will never calibrate if they've skimped on the smarts inside the battery.

If nothing else works and you can't afford to repair the laptop or battery once the genius bar tells you what's wrong, don't keep using it once it gives you the 10% warning. Put it to sleep until you can charge it, and repair the laptop or replace the battery when you can get to it.

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