Mac OS X 10.3.3 will not charge PowerBook ‘Hi-Capacity’ battery

MacDailyNews has two identical Apple PowerBook G4/400 Titanium PowerBooks among our collection of Macs. One has been upgraded to Mac OS X 10.3.3, the other still runs Mac OS X 10.3.2. Each has had their batteries replaced with Hi-Capacity brand 14.8 Volt 440mAh Li-ion battery packs (part number B-5902) which we purchased from DevDepot, Hi-Capacity product page here.

The Mac running 10.3.3 will not charge these Hi-Capacity batteries, however it will charge the Apple battery that originally shipped with the unit. Before its upgrade to 10.3.3, when it ran 10.3.2, the Mac would charge theses Hi-Capacity batteries along with the Apple ones.

The other PowerBook still running 10.3.2 will charge any battery we throw at it.

We have been unable to rectify the situation. Resetting PMU and other remedies all fail to fix this problem. As these are TiBooks, Apple’s semi-recently-released (12/17/03) Battery Update 1.1 does not apply to this model.

Obviously, the battery is good. Mac OS X 10.3.2 will charge the battery. Mac OS X 10.3.3 will not.

If anyone is running a PowerBook with Mac OS X 10.3.3 and using Hi-Capacity (or other third-party) batteries and finding they will not charge, please let us know below. If you’ve found a solution, let us know!


  1. I’m glad I’m not alone! I couldn’t figure out what had happened to my brand new battery. I was about to return it for a refund. It didn’t occur to me that it could have been the upgrade. Thankfully, I still have the original battery. Unfortunatley, it will only hold full charge for about an hour on a good day.

  2. I have an identical problem. My 15.2″ Alu PowerBook after the Battery update and the update to 10.3.3. no more charges its original battery. Any idea how to resolve this will be of great help.

  3. It would be interesting to know what version(s) of the PMU driver is being

    Under 10.3.3 on my TiPB (I use the std. battery), ‘kextstat’ reports:

    41 0 0x5ff000 0x19000 0x18000 (2.0.7d2) <10>

  4. I’m sure the $129 upgrade to 10.4 this fall will completely obliterate whatever workaround you find that temporarily lets you get back to using your non-Apple battery.

  5. TiBook 555 w/ NewerTech High cap batt running 10.3.3 w/ no probs so far..

    When you say it’s not charging, do you meen that the charger won’t charge the bat at all? Or, is it just not allowing a full charge? Since you’ve included a link to Resetting the PMU, can i assume you’ve double checked to make sure you’ve followed the procedure for the affected model?

    Have you tried running the ‘Book till it goes to sleep then pluging it in and letting it charge overnight? (Or untill it’s charged?)

    Good luck..


  6. I’m on a G4 iBook and ever since I updated the OS to 10.3.3, the battery continues to drain even though I ALWAYS use the power adaptor. This wasn’t happening before the update, and I ran permissions before and after the installation. Very vexing. (I also have wake-from-sleep issues, but that seems almost part and parcel of any OS X version, at least on a laptop.)

  7. What a complaint about Apple products???? – how dare you?!???

    (By the way this also happened to my PowerBook Lombard 400 with OS9…never could fix it…)

  8. I don’t doubt anybody who has the courage to go online to report their problem. However, for my $0.02 worth, I have a Lombard 400MHz with a Newer Tech hi-capacity battery, running Mac OS X 10.3.3 (upgraded from 10.2.8) and haven’t had a problem with it.

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