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Topic # 108198 26-Aug-2012 09:23 Send private message

Our (aging?) MBP is finally showing problems, but it's an annoying and seemingly trivial one. The magsafe charging port has burn marks around a couple of pinholes. Obviously the connection has been loose in the past and has sparked often. Now it's not charging properly with any charger. The most annoying thing is the rest of the unit is still perfectly fine. I'm guessing this is probably quite a common problem. If that's the case, what can be done about this? Is it economical to fix the unit?


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  Reply # 677025 26-Aug-2012 09:29 Send private message

Tried cleaning the contacts with isopropyl alcohol?


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  Reply # 677026 26-Aug-2012 09:31 Send private message

Haven't tried that - we don't have isopropyl alchohol... will 95% ethanol do the trick?

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  Reply # 677028 26-Aug-2012 09:37 Send private message

Something that will clean the gunk off, not leave residue, and not do any cosmetic damage to the case...


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  Reply # 678086 28-Aug-2012 11:47 Send private message

I have noticed with these machines that over time the magsafe port can move slightly. Have a look and make sure their is no gap between the magsafe port and the casing, if there is the port has moved and you are no longer getting contact between the the adaptor and port.

Your Apple service provider can easily fix this or you could give it a go at your own risk.



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  Reply # 678122 28-Aug-2012 12:27 Send private message

Just a thought... but if you're still on the original battery (unlikely) it may be that it has stopped accepting a charge. If you click on the icon in the status bar you should get an option to check its condition.


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