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Uh-oh. More MacBook Pro power problems


If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll remember my annoyance and frustration when the Mag”Safe” power supply on my MacBook Pro decided it was going to melt at the plug end.

It appears that the replacement power supply is also having issues – or, even worse, possibly the power supply on the board. About half the time at the moment, when I plug in the MagSafe, it’s coming up with the “Not Charging” message above. Given that the battery is currently at 11%, that’s an issue – one which is effectively gradually converting my laptop into a desktop.

I can usually get the power to start trickling in, by the simple expedient of wiggling the connector until it starts working. I’ve cleaned the connectors, so I know it’s not that.

But isn’t it about time that Apple admitted that this power supply is a triumph of style over proper industrial design? It’s a great idea, but it just doesn’t work. Being able to kick out the cord and not have the machine crash to the ground is great – but it’s not like I actually do that often enough to justify the cost of two power adaptors over two years, and a laptop which can only really be used as a desktop.

Of course, typically, mentally I’m using this as a way of justifying another laptop purchase. “Yeah… I could just use the Pro as a desktop machine, and have a MacBook Air for mobile use… yeah, that would work…”

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