The conversation on this page has been archived and is no longer active.

Powerbook charging indicator

Message #1 - Posted 2005/03/31 - Antony Lacey

Suddenly the charging light on my Powerbook power adaptor only ever shows green when charging the battery, it used to be orange when not at full charge.

It worked a week or so ago, but for the last few days is only ever green (or off).

Anyone else noticed the same?

17" PB, OS 10.3.8

Antony
Pull the plug to reply.

Message #2 - Posted 2005/03/31 - Jim

Antony Lacey wrote:

Suddenly the charging light on my Powerbook power adaptor only ever shows green when charging the battery, it used to be orange when not at full charge.

It worked a week or so ago, but for the last few days is only ever green (or off).

Anyone else noticed the same?

17" PB, OS 10.3.8

15", 10.3.8, no problems here.

Have you tried running it down completely, then charging?

Jim

Find me at http://www.ursaminorbeta.co.uk AIM/iChatAV: JCAndrew2 "We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws of right and wrong break down; beyond those metaphysical event horizons there exist ... special circumstances" - Use Of Weapons

Message #3 - Posted 2005/03/31 - Gareth Slee

Antony Lacey wrote:

Suddenly the charging light on my Powerbook power adaptor only ever shows green when charging the battery, it used to be orange when not at full charge.

It worked a week or so ago, but for the last few days is only ever green (or off).

Anyone else noticed the same?

17" PB, OS 10.3.8

Orange while charging on a 12" PowerBook 10.3.8

Gareth

Message #4 - Posted 2005/03/31 - Antony Lacey

Jim wrote:

Suddenly the charging light on my Powerbook power adaptor only ever shows green when charging the battery, it used to be orange when not at full charge.

15", 10.3.8, no problems here.

Have you tried running it down completely, then charging?

Yep, and from various stages in between - always green.

Ah well, it's not as if it's not charging the battery - it was just useful to not have to turn the Powerbook on to see what charge the battery was at.

Antony
Pull the plug to reply.

Message #5 - Posted 2005/03/31 - Jim

Antony Lacey wrote:

Jim wrote:

Suddenly the charging light on my Powerbook power adaptor only ever shows green when charging the battery, it used to be orange when not at full charge.

15", 10.3.8, no problems here.

Have you tried running it down completely, then charging?

Yep, and from various stages in between - always green.

Ah well, it's not as if it's not charging the battery - it was just useful to not have to turn the Powerbook on to see what charge the battery was at.

Well, you can always press the button on the battery to get a rough idea.

Jim

Find me at http://www.ursaminorbeta.co.uk AIM/iChatAV: JCAndrew2 "We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws of right and wrong break down; beyond those metaphysical event horizons there exist ... special circumstances" - Use Of Weapons

Message #6 - Posted 2005/03/31 - Paul Womar

Antony Lacey wrote:

Suddenly the charging light on my Powerbook power adaptor only ever shows green when charging the battery, it used to be orange when not at full charge.

Tried a Power Manager Reset? Depends ont he PB you have but it seems to be prod the reset hole with a paperclip with no battery in the machine or start it up from cold with Shift-Control-Option-Power.

-> The email address used in this message *IS* valid <-

Message #7 - Posted 2005/03/31 - Antony Lacey

Jim wrote:

Ah well, it's not as if it's not charging the battery - it was just useful to not have to turn the Powerbook on to see what charge the battery was at.

Well, you can always press the button on the battery to get a rough idea.

<smacks head> I knew that - I did it before accidentaly and thought "that's cool" - then promptly forgot!

<fx: ouch!>

Antony
Pull the plug to reply.

Message #8 - Posted 2005/03/31 - Jim

Antony Lacey wrote:

Jim wrote:

Ah well, it's not as if it's not charging the battery - it was just useful to not have to turn the Powerbook on to see what charge the battery was at.

Well, you can always press the button on the battery to get a rough idea.

<smacks head> I knew that - I did it before accidentaly and thought "that's cool" - then promptly forgot!

<fx: ouch!>

It's always nice to know that you are, in some small way, the cause of concussion in others.

Jim

Find me at http://www.ursaminorbeta.co.uk AIM/iChatAV: JCAndrew2 Lost: Stack Pointer. Small reward offered if found.

Message #9 - Posted 2005/03/31 - Woody

Antony Lacey wrote:

Jim wrote:

Ah well, it's not as if it's not charging the battery - it was just useful to not have to turn the Powerbook on to see what charge the battery was at.

Well, you can always press the button on the battery to get a rough idea.

<smacks head> I knew that - I did it before accidentaly and thought "that's cool" - then promptly forgot!

Not as handy as looking at the state of the plug though.

Woody

www.alienrat.com

Message #10 - Posted 2005/03/31 - Antony Lacey

Woody wrote:

Well, you can always press the button on the battery to get a rough idea.

<smacks head> I knew that - I did it before accidentaly and thought "that's cool" - then promptly forgot!

Not as handy as looking at the state of the plug though.

Nope, I shall try Power Manager reset that Paul suggested later, when I have something else (more important) sorted.

Antony
Pull the plug to reply.

Message #11 - Posted 2005/03/31 - Antony Lacey

Jim wrote:

<smacks head> I knew that - I did it before accidentaly and thought "that's cool" - then promptly forgot!

<fx: ouch!>

It's always nice to know that you are, in some small way, the cause of concussion in others.

Like that is it? <g>

That's a lop sided grin by the way - and rather goggly eyes!

Antony
Pull the plug to reply.

Message #12 - Posted 2005/04/06 - Antony Lacey

Paul Womar wrote:

Suddenly the charging light on my Powerbook power adaptor only ever shows green when charging the battery, it used to be orange when not at full charge.

Tried a Power Manager Reset? Depends ont he PB you have but it seems to be prod the reset hole with a paperclip with no battery in the machine or start it up from cold with Shift-Control-Option-Power.

Finally got round to this - apart from setting the system date back to 1970 it didn't change aything.

Antony
Pull the plug to reply.

Message #13 - Posted 2005/04/06 - Martin Sammtleben

Paul Womar wrote:

Suddenly the charging light on my Powerbook power adaptor only ever shows green when charging the battery, it used to be orange when not at full charge.

Tried a Power Manager Reset? Depends ont he PB you have but it seems to be prod the reset hole with a paperclip with no battery in the machine or start it up from cold with Shift-Control-Option-Power.

My charge indicator went into "perma-green" mode half a year after I bought my iBook. I suspect it's the electronics in the plug that are broken as it charges just fine and other adapters I've tried *did* turn orange after a while.

It's been like this for a couple of years and has never bothered me.

Cheers Martin

Message #14 - Posted 2005/04/06 - D.M. Procida

Martin Sammtleben wrote:

My charge indicator went into "perma-green" mode half a year after I bought my iBook. I suspect it's the electronics in the plug that are broken as it charges just fine and other adapters I've tried *did* turn orange after a while.

There are no electronics in the plug.

Daniele

Apple Juice Ltd
Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road www.apple-juice.co.uk Cardiff CF5 1QE 029 2019 0140

Message #15 - Posted 2005/04/06 - Peter Ceresole

D.M. Procida wrote:

There are no electronics in the plug.

There's a green LED and a red one; how do they switch them? The light source is in the plug, not the TiBook.

This is a genuine question- I don't know and I'm curious. --
Peter

Message #16 - Posted 2005/04/06 - Martin Sammtleben

Previously, D.M. Procida wrote:

There are no electronics in the plug.

Well, I just assumed that there's some sort of switch that turns off the orange LED and turns on the green one when it senses a change in the current.

At some point the silvery, outer shell of the plug came loose revealing a smaller capsule-like piece inside that the wires lead into and that contains the LED.

Cheers Martin

Message #17 - Posted 2005/04/06 - D.M. Procida

Peter Ceresole wrote:

There are no electronics in the plug.

There's a green LED and a red one; how do they switch them? The light source is in the plug, not the TiBook.

This is a genuine question- I don't know and I'm curious.

Actually, I don't know about the PowerBook G4 plugs, as I haven't taken apart one of them. However, the PowerBook G3 plugs, which are larger, have no electronics in them.

Daniele

Apple Juice Ltd
Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road www.apple-juice.co.uk Cardiff CF5 1QE 029 2019 0140

Message #18 - Posted 2005/04/06 - Peter Ceresole

D.M. Procida wrote:

There's a green LED and a red one; how do they switch them? The light source is in the plug, not the TiBook.

This is a genuine question- I don't know and I'm curious.

Actually, I don't know about the PowerBook G4 plugs, as I haven't taken apart one of them. However, the PowerBook G3 plugs, which are larger, have no electronics in them.

Thanks. But bugger... I'm now intrigued. I'm not sure what to search on to find out how the charging indicator lights work on the PBs and iBs. Anybody have a pointer? Or even the distillation of the knowledge? --
Peter

Message #19 - Posted 2005/04/06 - Antony Lacey

D.M. Procida wrote:

There's a green LED and a red one; how do they switch them? The light source is in the plug, not the TiBook.

This is a genuine question- I don't know and I'm curious.

Actually, I don't know about the PowerBook G4 plugs, as I haven't taken apart one of them. However, the PowerBook G3 plugs, which are larger, have no electronics in them.

No idea, but did the G3 plug change colour when fully charged? Or is it a PB G4 thing only?

Antony
Pull the plug to reply.

Message #20 - Posted 2005/04/06 - Tim Auton

Peter Ceresole wrote:

D.M. Procida wrote:

There are no electronics in the plug.

There's a green LED and a red one; how do they switch them? The light source is in the plug, not the TiBook.

The computer does it. There are four connections on the plug and the PSU cable has only two wires, the other two connections must be for the LEDs and controlled from the computer.

Tim

Complex in, complex process, complex out.

Message #21 - Posted 2005/04/06 - Martin Sammtleben

Previously, Tim Auton wrote:

The computer does it. There are four connections on the plug and the PSU cable has only two wires, the other two connections must be for the LEDs and controlled from the computer.

If that was the case how come my charger stays green no matter what iBook/PB it is connected to while my gf's charger *does* change from orange to green when powering either her PB or my iBook?

Wouldn't that suggest there's something in the plug?!

Cheers Martin

Message #22 - Posted 2005/04/07 - Woody

Martin Sammtleben wrote:

Previously, Tim Auton wrote:

The computer does it. There are four connections on the plug and the PSU cable has only two wires, the other two connections must be for the LEDs and controlled from the computer.

If that was the case how come my charger stays green no matter what iBook/PB it is connected to while my gf's charger *does* change from orange to green when powering either her PB or my iBook?

Well, the green light will come on if there is any connection to ground to the plug, ie you can make it come on just by touching it. Presumably the red light comes on if there is any power leaving the plug.
But if you have one plug that doesn't work and one that does in different situations, that would imply that it was the plug that was at fault rather then anything else.

Woody

www.alienrat.com

Message #23 - Posted 2005/04/07 - Flavio Matani

Antony Lacey wrote:

D.M. Procida wrote:

There's a green LED and a red one; how do they switch them? The light source is in the plug, not the TiBook.

This is a genuine question- I don't know and I'm curious.

Actually, I don't know about the PowerBook G4 plugs, as I haven't taken apart one of them. However, the PowerBook G3 plugs, which are larger, have no electronics in them.

No idea, but did the G3 plug change colour when fully charged? Or is it a PB G4 thing only?

The one in my Pismo didn't .

flavio matani
guitar tuition
homepage.mac.com/flavio_matani/guitar/ www.livejournal.com/users/flavius_m/

Message #24 - Posted 2005/04/07 - Peter Ceresole

Flavio Matani wrote:

There's a green LED and a red one; how do they switch them? The light source is in the plug, not the TiBook.

This is a genuine question- I don't know and I'm curious.

Actually, I don't know about the PowerBook G4 plugs, as I haven't taken apart one of them. However, the PowerBook G3 plugs, which are larger, have no electronics in them.

No idea, but did the G3 plug change colour when fully charged? Or is it a PB G4 thing only?

The one in my Pismo didn't .

But the one in my TonkaBook always has.

Peter

Message #25 - Posted 2005/04/07 - Kathy Morgan

Antony Lacey wrote:

uddenly the charging light on my Powerbook power adaptor only ever shows green when charging the battery, it used to be orange when not at full charge. [...]

Anyone else noticed the same?

17" PB, OS 10.3.8

That happened a couple of years ago on my TiBook--that is, the light always showed green--except the color correctly indicated the charger wasn't working. I tried resetting the power manager, but it still didn't work, and I ended up having to get the battery charger repaired.

Kathy - read reviews of other newsgroups in news:news.groups.reviews help for new users at <http://www.aptalaska.net/~kmorgan/> Good Net Keeping Seal of Approval at <http://www.gnksa.org/>

Need Help? Have a Question?

Looking for more help, comments, and answers?

Ask your questions on Ask Different. Ask Different is a community of Apple users ready to help.