Computer problems- help?
I have had a couple problems with this macbookpro. sometimes, it does not charge. the ac adapter wasn't lighting and I was losing power. it did start charging when I changed outlets, but there is nothing apparently wrong with the outlet as other thinhs work. the little lite on the plug is sometimes green, sometimes orange. it is 595 charged and is orange right now. anyone know what it should be? I also had problems turning it on, so I have left it on. A bout with bronchitis has kept me from the Best Buy, where I got no help last visit. They did not test the ac adapter, and the computer turned on. I think I will ask for mgr next time as two cracks have appeared near the on button. The Geek Squad guy saw it but said they "wouldn't do anything about this." I know great service. I called the mgr a few weeks back and illness has kept me from returning. It seems there are two separate problems. One maybe with Ac adapter not charging the unit, and a minor fall maybe affected the on/off switch.
It is my only puter needed for hiring medical/household help so I have not wanted to bring it in-they can send it out 4 times before replacing it-under warranty. I just can't deal with the hassle, but I will have to, I guess.
When should the tiny charge light be green, and when orange. It started green, now is orange. I don't have a manual, as computers don't come with them anymore. It is very stressful when you don't have computer (apple esp) knowledge. Any ideas as to what to do. If it charges and turns on in the store (and of course it did first time I went) they just look blank and hand it back.
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
Wicked Yankee Girl
Probably the problem is with the computer, but just in case it's not:
If there really is a consistent difference between outlets (say the bedroom never/sometimes charges and the kitchen always charges, or it always charges in the store, but never/sometimes at home), check whether the bedroom outlet is properly grounded/installed. In older homes, especially those with remnants of knob & tube wiring, or ones that were wired by somebody's uncle rather than a licensed electrician, sometimes there is a floating ground. They sell testers for this in the hardware store for about 3 to 5 dollars.
If the difference is not consistent, the problem is almost surely the computer.
If your outlet is bad, don't use it; it's a fire hazard. Get an electrician to rewire it. If the whole house is a an electrical mess, and you can't afford to rewire it, have an electrician put in a ground fault interrupt outlet, and use it for charging.
Doris, I hope Skateluvr still has power and can read your post, because it sounds as if it could address several of the most likely problems--and could probably help a lot of other people troubleshoot, too. I'm going to copy and paste this and keep it on hand to help buddies of mine as well.
Thank you all. I think it truly is puter- I am reading for my macbook. How i pray they'd just take it back and replace but they did it once -that mgr left for staples. I am exhausted from hospital-ER visit and I was alone-my mother won't come, so, my cup during Lent overflows.
I will attempt to sho it to mgr. I ask your prayers. I am thinking of buying an acer-back to PC-much cheaper. As I must have internet access /document access. I am very neophyte on puters now esp Apple. Maybe a net book or ? I hesitate to buy used off craigslist as I likely won't be lucky. A freind said get a cheap(er)acer from Walmart. Renting laptop adds up quickly, so, having one puter is hard when things go wrong.
I love this boards-someone always knows something above and beyond IJS.
After my ER visit, I will relax-cat was overjoyed to see me-we left my keys, had to wake mom at 4 am-she is 90 but out having corn beef and cabbage today. (Canadian french she is- I'm halg Irish/proud of it). Med procedure has challenged me head to toe.
Since recent odd pain episodes it is not clearly heart,? I opted not to have some dye perfusion scan. The nice doc 'rarely does the test-so doesn't recall possible risks/side effects! So I signed out against MA. Strangely, I was stressing re computer, so today I am resting, I am resting and will I hope get to best buy-under warranty-they still get to torture me 4 times (2 months!) tomorrow. God willing. Being half irish and a non drinker, I think B&K Riverdance will be my celebration. LOL I may even watch my old original Riverdance video to get in the mood. I did see Emerald Isle for 4 days in november 1978-very rainy. I was young and planned a life of travel. I never got back, but I was enchanted with UK.
I will beg forputer replacement. But prolly unlikely. Looks like I could rent, or maybe buy PC from Walmart-Acer brand. I can always sell one or other on craigslist. It's just so hard when illness makes everything a chore. I will be watching soothing videos instead of Applebees! My elderly Orthodox preist friend was kidding we'd miss green beer! (we don't drink, and I hate beer. So mum (90 and lucky is out having corned beef and cabbage (i like it but can do without.) I have learned to try not be afraid of every sympom, issue but I've had a tough month.
Thank heaven for youtube as my tapes mostly 2000-2003 are all in boxes in cellar. I taped everything. Thank God everyone uploads. I bet we have 75% of MK performances.
So thank you for links and electrical advice. HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY to our irish and those who wish they were, as they say. Enjoy a parade, a beer if you can or a look back at Riverdance. One of those memorable skates we all have.
I thank you ladies for being so nice. it is nice to find caring, very knowing folks here. GS is a gem. Thanks much as always. Blessings to all. Wish I knew a Gaelic one!
Last edited by skateluvr; 03-17-2012 at 04:20 PM.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Just to move a little more up to date, try watching Aldridge & Eaton's Riverdance along with Shae Lynn & Victor's to celebrate. (Four minutes is way too short a celebration.- make it 8 ) And I hope you feel better.
skateluvr, I hope your symptoms clear up. I understand how easy it is to fear every odd heartbeat or strange pain. You're right to look for skating videos! They can get you through a lot. There's also a lot of great classical music on YouTube. And you as an activist might share my fondness for Joan Baez and Judy Collins--hunt them up, and you'll find some good performances. YouTube also has Irish folk music galore (galore is an Irish word, did you know that?--and so is smithereens), including groups like Clannad. I don't drink either and I don't even eat corned beef, but hey, we're all Irish today.
I'm far from an expert on computers, but I can report that I've had an HP laptop (PC) for quite some time, and it's been pretty kind to me. I don't use it wireless but keep it connected to an outlet. Once when I had a problem, I worried about being computerless (because I need to take work home frequently), so I got a little notebook as a backup. I gather they're going out of style, but I still see them at the local Staples (where I do my computer shopping), and the one I decided on was an inexpensive Acer. It also has done pretty well, connecting easily to all my Internet haunts, including YouTube. (You still have to get security ware installed, which costs a bit, but it's worth it.) It doesn't take disks, but it takes flash drives, so you can transfer all your documents to it easily. It's so lightweight, another plus. I don't know anything at all about the new tablets, but a notebook has the advantage of its own keyboard (albeit small). Good luck with your computer woes.