I have a 2010 MacBook unibody (the white one, not the Pro) and I have been having all sorts of trouble with it. While I have most of the other problems figured out, there is one that keep persisting and I've tried everything I can think of (or find) to fix it:
- the MacBook will not charge reliably.
It will charge for about a week, then it quits working and dies and I can't use it for a few days. Everything I know/tried is listed below.
What I Know:
- the MagSafe charger seems to work for a few days, then stop working for a few days
- it only seems to stop working when my MacBook's battery dips below 30%
- once it stops working, I can not get it to work again unless I unplug it from the wall and the MacBook and let it sit for over 24 hours
- the MagSafe charger is immaculate. No dirt anywhere on the charger or the port
- the MacBook discharges even when the adapter is connected
- the light on the charger is off when it does not work (even when connected)
- all pins are making proper contact with the MacBook
- there is current going through the cable and into the MacBook.
What I Have Tried:
- cleaning the charger and port
- using different wall adapters
- using different outlets
- resetting the SMC and the NVRAM
- warming up the charger.
Unfortunately I don't have access to another first generation MagSafe MacBook or MagSafe charger so I have not been able to find out which part is broken: the MacBook or the charger.
Taking it to the Apple Store is not something I am willing to do, so I'd prefer a solution that does not involve me leaving my house.