Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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"No Batteries Available" displayed in upper corner of screen

My 2.4ghz macbook had the dreaded X intermittently appear in the battery icon in the upper right corner of the screen, and the dropdown would read "no batteries available." This would be the case even with a good battery in the computer. If unplugged, the computer would often run for a minute or two before abruptly shutting down. Gradually, this went from an occasional occurrence to the status quo.

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hi Bradford, if you wouldn't mind editing this a little then it would be even more helpful. Because you haven't supplied an answer in the "answers" part of the page, this question will be archived in 2 weeks as "unanswerable" and all your hard work will disappear! If you edit this at the 3rd paragraph and put the last 3 paragraphs as an answer then hey presto! this will be here forever and people can upvote if it's helpful. Don't forget to accept your answer as a solution too! Thanks for sharing, glad you solved the problem.


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My research indicated that the battery connector should be replaced (and if you have this problem and my solution does not work for you, this is the path i'd take). I decided to take a long shot and reset the PRAM before ordering the battery connector.

When i removed the battery, a tiny screw fell out. I looked, and the screw had somehow backed itself out from the second screw spot left of the battery connector on the interior wall. Getting it back in was a little tricky, because of the proximity to the screen closing magnet (a possible cause of the rogue screw?). I also gave all the other screws near the battery connector a tightening.

Now that the screw is in its right place, the computer has been behaving perfectly.

Thank you pollytintop for your help :).

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I use a product called Threadlocker available at Ace Hardware to help keep screws in place. This might work for you if you find this screw backing out on you again.

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