My MacBook Air (2015) randomly shuts down (like, the power just cuts off) in Boot Camp. This doesn't happen if I have the charger plugged in.

While I vaguely recall it happening once or twice in OSX, I feel like it's a Boot Camp exclusive battery problem or something. Running Windows 10, so maybe the battery is overheating, cause Windows just makes the fan run louder, but I'm not sure.

What should I do?


The quick answer is that when a battery starts to fail (due to age or just failure), the voltage can fluctuate to the point where the system cannot log an error or go to sleep. Since you have some evidence that this happens on battery alone, you'll need to collect enough data to prove that hypothesis or replace the battery and see if it helps.

You might also ask a pointed/specific question on out partner site superuser.com to ask if your specific version of windows can log low voltage errors or how to diagnose a sudden shutdown cause from the windows side of things.

I have diagnosed these things and ruled out other causes on the OS X side, but I cannot begin to advise you on how to read the windows logs and nothing that I know of is saved to Apple's NVRAM if windows crashes while it's running - but I could be proven wrong on that point by someone with that knowledge if they decide to weigh in :-)

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    That makes a lot of sense, thank you. Why would this happen more often (if at all) on the Windows side than OSX? Does OS X handle battery communication differently? – CodeSammich Dec 13 '15 at 14:11
  • You asked in this comment whether OS X handles battery communications differently. (Should we add that to your original question?) My less than perfectly formed opinion is that it would. I believe that the Windows battery management would be forced to go through Boot Camp to the low-level Apple software for battery management. Perhaps the following article might help: blog.codinghorror.com/… – D A Vincent Mar 5 '17 at 4:52

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