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Check battery error with new and old batteries.

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I came back from vacation last month, and the battery on my late 2006 Macbook would not charge. The Apple store said the magsafe connector was bad, and replaced it for $98. The next day I had the same problem, and when I took it back they said that now it was the logic board. None of the "geniuses" had any idea what was the failure was just swap parts until it works. I now have the "Check Battery" condition, and no idea what that means. I am sure that if I take it back to the Apple store they will say buy a new $100 battery, after all this one has three cycles on it! Dose anyone know what Check Battery means, and what conditions set this message, and how to clear it?

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Thanks Carolyn. It appears that battery condition is set during a recalabrate only. It would be nice if Apple would produce a “white paper” on battery management for Li-ion batteries. There are no significant “trade secretes” in the management software that have not been reverse engineered long ago. Information as to what Recalibrating really does when it “Recalibrates”. What it means when Apple says the design life is 300 charge cycles. Information about how battery life is a statistical function, and may fail at 150 cycles, or may go 1000. What information the battery sends to the computer, and what the computer sends back. This would help eliminate the many posts on these forums, and people getting frustrated with the lack of information from Apple.
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