Dim Magsafe light; Battery "Not Charging"
I have a Macbook that was a hand-me-down from a family member. I was informed that there was liquid damage to it but that it was in "working condition". The Macbook would not power on with the battery; it will only power on with the MagSafe adapter connected. If the MagSafe is ever disconnected while the computer is powered on it will instantly power off; even if the battery was connected. I have noticed that the green battery indicator lights were not working. Also, battery notification on the desktop shows the battery logo with the "plug sign" within it and (Not Charging) right next to it. When i click on this icon it shows "Battery Is Not Charging" and "Power Source: Power Adapter" as grayed out options. Tried all possible SMC reset variations.
I went to an Apple store and they recommended me to go to an authorized repair shop around the area. Went to repair shop (Connecting Point - Orlando, FL) and spoke with Craig. Craig did a diagnostic test and informed me that I have a bad battery and possibly a DC- In Board. Craig was charging more than what I anticipated to repair it. He did however tell me that it was a repair job that I could do myself with a little know how. I went on ifixit.com and bought a new battery and DC-In Board. When I received that products I noticed the new battery's indicator lights were working (1-5 green lights glowing) confirming what Craig said of me "having a dead battery". I followed the ifixit guide and successfully installed the new DC-In Board. I plugged in the MagSafe adapter and noticed that the light was still dim. I powered the Macbook with the new battery connected and the still dim MagSafe connected. The battery logo is exactly the same as what is mentioned previously above as well as the two options being grayed out. I disconnected that MagSafe while the Macbook was powered on and it stayed powered on. When doing so, the battery logo shows the "plug sign" disappearing and (Not Charging) changing into (15%). Tried all SMC reset variations possible. Problems persist.
Im trying to see what is the next step possible. I've read a few solutions and most say the next steps are to replace the Battery Connector and then the Logic Board. I have already spent $140 on this macbook and do not know if it is worth it to pursue a complete fix.
Are there any other solutions? Like cleaning the inside circuits or boards with "rubbing alcohol"?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Also, I trial-and error(ed) the MagSafe adapter with my wife's macbook pro. Both adapter work with a bright green light on her macbook pro and the both have a "dim" green light on my macbook.
Here are some snapshots of coconut battery and About This Mac: Power for my Macbook.
I hope this is enough information to give a clear solution as everywhere on the web is just confusion. Clear and concise solutions and steps are very much appreciated.
Thanks you for your time and consideration.
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