MacBook Pro models with 13" Retina displays manufactured beginning 2012.

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Can't turn MacBook on for longer than 1 minute (dies instantly)

I received a macbook pro which has obvious water or moisture damage..

I've removed the mobo and cleaned everything with the special 99.99 alcohol tissue..

After borrowing a macbook air charger from a friend and trying it out.. It starts up normal and you can hear the chime + apple logo etc once u see the mouse u can move it

And then out of the blue it just dies..

I've tried all types of resets which do there job but still about 1 minute or so it just falls dead.

Also the magsafe charger led turns red but the battery is definitely not charging..

Is this because of the low wattage charger?

Or issue with the battery causing the mcb to turn off? Please advice!

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Is it getting hot? It could be a heating issue.


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Try running it with the battery disconnected, water is not a batteries friend if you post ok and it runs without shutting down its a good indicator that the batteries fried .You will not be able to run fully without a battery as macs tend to power back to one processor when run without a battery. but it should tell you if theres another issue at play or if its the battery

this will help to get to the battery to disconnect it you dont need to watch past 1:56

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Hi, thx for the quick reply!

Well to make it clear i dont currently own a charger so i could only test it with a friends macbook air 45w charger. - i did try without the battery connector connected but then it would not do a thing..

And nothing is getting hot. booting it up 10-20 times without luck


You've got to try it without that battery installed, if you can. If not you have two options, open the back cover and disconnect the batter or bring it to apple for repair. Good news is that your hard drive is probably safe so if worse comes to worse your data is probably safe.


If you want to test this the way I suggested you need the proper charger the voltage needs to be right or it wont boot from the charger and it really sounds like the battery is the problem


okay but can anybody confirm me that a 45 watt magsafe 2 charger would normally start up the macbook pro? Or might this be the cause that its turning off after a minute?


Guys i got a macbook air charger - light runs red - even when battery is not connected.

It does not start up at all without the battery connector connected..

Macbook pro 13 retina late 2013

Any ideas?


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Anybody here who has expierence with troubleshooting the mobo ? Measuring certain voltages etc?

I think i have a short to ground somewhere on the 3GHOT line.. but need some advice.

When i plugin the charger it boots up automaticly.. now after 17seconds it dies again then it reboots and tries one more time..

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