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Daniel, Mac Genius
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Experience:  Apple certified on desktop and portable, help desk qualified. Have owned and used Macs since 1989.
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I just got a white 3.1 macbook off ebay. It wont power up

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I just got a white 3.1 macbook off ebay. It won't power up off the battery or off the charger. the charger led is flashing yellow most of the time, occasionally green solid or green flash. does the mac need the battery to power on or should it run off the charger if the battery is bad? If I made an appointment is there a charge to run diagnostics to see what's what? I really hate to send it back unless this is something major.
Hello, my name is Dan.
I will do my best to help you, the only stupid question is the unasked one.
This is not Apple support, I can help with this but it will cost $28.00 if you are satisfied with my help.
There is a firmware update for that MacBook.
Won't do much good if it won't power up.
This describes how to reset the SMC (System Management Controller) and it may bring it to life.

Note: Learn about removing the battery on MacBook and MacBook Pro.

  1. Shut down the computer.
  2. Disconnect the MagSafe power adapter from the computer, if it's connected.
  3. Remove the battery.
  4. Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds.
  5. Release the power button.
  6. Reconnect the battery and MagSafe power adapter.
  7. Press the power button to turn on the computer.
The MacBook can run without a battery but is not recommended for prolonged use.
If after you have done the above and you get no response your options are 1, return for a refund as it is dead, 2, and I recommend doing this just so you have independent diagnoses, take it to the Apple store and they will look at it and tell what is wrong and how much to fix, probably won't charge you for that.
Then you have good cause to return it.
That is what I would do.

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