How to power up a dead MacBook


A friend asked me if I could help out and diagnose why his MacBook won’t power on. I immediately peaked up and was ready to play. How could I resist the opportunity to test my diy skills and try to salvage his computer.

I know enough about computers to be dangerous. I would never claim to have more skills than the staff at your local Apple store. However, I do love the times we live in because everything is available online to discover the what, why and how to repair your tools.

During my browsing I discovered a sh*t load of how-to guides, so I said f**k-it and created one based on my research.


Step 1:Power source

The first thing to check on your hardware are the power sources.
For example:

  • is the battery charged?
  • did you plug in the cord?

If you have checked these and you still have no power then it is time to get the tools and see what’s else can be done.

Step 2:Power Cycle

Basically you are just turning everything off and on. I learned how to do this from the crew at ifix. I dedicate the next part to my man Victor Clausson; you rock man.

You know when you have those long nights of drinking and your conversation skills are horrible. The best thing to do is go to sleep. You will wake up in the afternoon, completely refreshed from the previous nights fun!

  1. unplug the battery
  2. disconnect the power cord
  3. hold the power button for 10seconds
  4. keep holding the button and connect the power cable
  5. continue to hold the power button and count to 10
  6. release the power button
  7. power on MacBook normally

Do you hear the chime?

If you followed these simple steps and your Mac has juice again: Congratulations, You are a winner. I on the other hand did not have any luck with these steps. Now I must continue the journey to see if I can save the Mac!


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