Battery indicator shows "Not Charging" but has green light on adapter
Hi. Around September I believe I started noticing the problem of my battery showing "Not Charging" on the indicator but the Magsafe adapter still showed a connection and was powering green. Later I disconnected it and replugged and it would turn green to orange every few seconds. Then even later, it got to where I hardly see the orange light at all...and the percentage had been sitting at odd numbers (below 95%) but it was clearly discharging and recharging intermittently. I had suspected that it recharged while it was sleeping. I've tried SMC a few times and it didn't work...I even tried to reset the PRAM and if anything it just made my laptop worse...and it started having the new problem of falling into sleep mode whenever I'd be in the middle of using it. I'd wiggle my mouse and it would wake up for a short period of time then go back to sleep mode and if I tried waking it up again it'd eventually do a quick shut off. Now when this happens I usually tap one of my keys instead and eventually I'd get it to where after I wake it up it will stay up and not shut off.
As for the battery problem, I've tried another adapter and the problem still persists on my laptop so I don't think it's the adapter. The battery shows only 34 cycles and in "Normal" condition. I tend to keep it plugged in most of the time. Could it still be a faulty battery problem?
I can't remember for sure, but around when it started acting up like this I think we had a brief power outage in the house. Could a power outage have anything to do with it? As long as I can remember I've never had anything electronic suffer due to a power outage and everything still worked afterwards in the house.
Over a little more than a year ago, the laptop did suffer a water spill accident close to the left side with the ports but after it dried out it ran flawlessly since it had happened...like nothing had happened...I'm only having these problems now. I highly doubt a water spill accident that happened a year or so ago would have anything to do with it now, but could it?
I'm also running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 if that helps. Someone told me it sounded like it could be a software problem, but could it be a hardware problem? I hope someone can help me...maybe give me an estimate of how it'd be to fix it (generally)...at least in parts?
Is this a good question?