Will using a 45w charger on my mac book pro 13 that came with a 60w charger cause operating problems? Sine using a 45w charger my laptop cannot get past the grey/white loading screen?

  • I would consider re-wording this question if I were you, placing emphasis on the problem at hand (hanging at white loading screen) rather than the suspect power adapter issue. – Mr Rabbit Aug 27 '13 at 16:46
  • Take a look at the answer to apple.stackexchange.com/questions/6834/… which was posted at the same time as yours. One of the answer there answers your question on whether it will cause operating problems. – Global nomad Aug 27 '13 at 17:55

Using a lower powered AC adapter than the one that shipped with your Mac shouldn't cause the issue you're experiencing.

Typically the only side effect to using the lower wattage adapter will be the inability to boot your Mac if it's battery is dead, since the lower wattage adapter doesn't provide enough power to power on the Mac without supplemental battery power.

The grey/white loading screen could be either a software issue or hardware issue. To test this you can try the following.

  • Power on your Mac while holding option, you should eventually reach a screen that shows any bootable volumes connected to the Mac as well as a wireless network drop down box. If you see your hard drive listed here you can select it and click return to boot to it.
  • If your Mac still hangs at the white screen you can try holding the left shift key while powering it on, holding shiftuntil you reach the Apple logo with the spinning gear beneath it. This should trigger safe boot, which runs a disk check during the boot process and disables third party extensions. You may notice limited functionality when/if the Mac boots in Safe mode, see Apple's "What is Safe Boot" article for more info.
  • If both of these fail then you can try to boot to your recovery disk, assuming you have Lion (10.7) or Mountain Lion (10.8), and attempt to repair your Macintosh HD boot volume using Disk Utility. To do so you will power on your Mac while holding option, just as in my first suggestion, but instead choose the Recovery volume if it's available. Once booted to the Recovery disk you will choose Disk Utility, select your boot volume (Macintosh HD?) on the left and click "Repair Disk". Once the repair is finished you can try rebooting. If it fails let us know the error reported and we can offer further advice.

If all of the above fail and/or your hard drive doesn't show up in Disk Utility or as an option when booting with option held down then you are likely experiencing a hardware failure.

Hopefully that gives you a good starting point and/or resolution!

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