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So I'll just list the symptoms I've experienced in the last few hours, so far I can't seem to find a pattern, suffice to say the macbook is virtually unusable for my purposes. It's a 2010 Macbook white:

  • Can't open Chrome
  • Refuses to remember wifi password each time I reconnect
  • Mail.app thinks it's offline
  • Time keeps resetting to 12:00am
  • Turns off randomly

I'm leaning towards blaming the battery, given the power loss and time resetting, however shouldn't there be a watch battery keeping time? Also I don't think I could explain the other issues blaming the battery. I suppose it's possible multiple things broke all at once. Thought I'd ask however and see if this isn't a known issue.

Thanks for any advice.

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  • do a hard reboot. Try again while plugged into auxiliary power.
    – wrossmck
    Dec 15, 2013 at 14:50
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    Does Apple Hardware Test report anything? (See support.apple.com/kb/ht1509; I am guessing for a 2010 MacBook you will need the disc that came with the computer.) Jan 2, 2014 at 7:44
  • ended up taking it to the Genius Bar and they did the Network Boot Test thingy and said the battery was kaput. New battery has fixed all.
    – DanH
    Jan 2, 2014 at 14:09

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Turns out it was the battery. Got it tested for free at the Genius Bar, and they did the replacement for the cost of the battery.

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