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10.6: Install Battery Update 1.4 under Snow Leopard System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintAs of April 30, 2011, Apple is selling MacBook battery model A1185, which has a known but correctable flaw that affects the battery's ability to maintain a charge when the Mac is turned off, as new in Apple Retail Stores with the following specs:

Model Information:
  • Manufacturer: DP
  • Device name: ASMB016
  • Pack Lot Code: 0002
  • PCB Lot Code: 0000
  • Firmware Version: 0110
  • Hardware Revision: 0500
  • Cell Revision: 0102
Battery Update 1.4 is designed to rectify a defect in MacBook battery model A1185 that causes the battery to prematurely lose charge capacity. After the battery firmware update is successfully applied, the Pack Lot Code is changed to 0003.

Battery Update 1.4 is designed to only run under OS X 10.5.5 or later EXCLUDING 10.6+. This means if you are running Snow Leopard and you buy a new battery from the Apple Store, your battery will not perform properly and will suffer the defects that Battery Update 1.4 is designed to resolve due to inability to update the battery firmware.

It would be great if Apple would release Battery Update 1.4.1 to make it compatible with 10.6, 10.7, etc.

To resolve the issue, manually install and run Battery Update 1.4 via use of a third party utility like Pacifist. Repair permissions, reboot, and voila! Your battery firmware is now updated to Pack Lot Code 0003.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one, nor have I verified that the defective model is still being sold. I have a different battery lot in my MacBook than the affected model. The Apple KB article referenced above describes how to check this.]
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SPELLING
Authored by: StefanCoetzer on May 02, '11 10:37:37AM

"To resolve the issue, manually install and run Battery Update 1.4 via use of a third party utility like Pacifist. Repair permissions, reboot, and viola! Your battery firmware is now updated to Pack Lot Code 0003."

should read:
"To resolve the issue, manually install and run Battery Update 1.4 via use of a third party utility like Pacifist. Repair permissions, reboot, and voila! Your battery firmware is now updated to Pack Lot Code 0003."

The word "viola" should be "voila"



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SPELLING
Authored by: crarko on May 02, '11 01:12:04PM

Heh. The site was a bit cranky this morning and I missed that.

Thanks,

Craig



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10.6: Install Battery Update 1.4 under Snow Leopard
Authored by: ronmc on May 02, '11 11:31:06AM

This is only halfway useful. The first paragraph doesn't make it very clear who the update applies to. I have a late 2006 MacBook with an early 2008 battery which qualifies. That was a surprise as the hint makes it sound as if it's only for new batteries.
However I'm on 10.6.6 so I can't apply the update directly. I've never used Pacifist before and I'm less than eager to try it out with this. Any chance of some step-by-step instructions from someone?



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10.6: Install Battery Update 1.4 under Snow Leopard
Authored by: jpclark49 on May 02, '11 06:21:18PM

The Apple support article is very good at explaining who needs this update. I didn't think it applied to me, but decided to do the easy steps and poof! I need this upgrade.

I do agree that some steps for doing the upgrade with the Pacifist tool would be a great addition. Can anyone help?



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10.6: Install Battery Update 1.4 under Snow Leopard
Authored by: tpressman on May 03, '11 06:48:29AM

Download and mount "BatteryUpdate1.4.dmg"

To Run Pacifist:

1. download Pacifist [http://www.charlessoft.com/] and launch it
2. click "Open Package..."
3. ignore the registration screen - wait for 15 seconds, click "Not Yet"
4. navigate to /Volumes/Battery Update 1.4/BatteryUpdate1.4.pkg
5. select "Contents of BatteryUpdate1.4.pkg" and then click the "Install" button in the upper left corner of the Pacifist window
6. enter your administrator password

Now run Disk Utility, repair permissions, SHUT DOWN (not Reboot [not sure if this is necessary, but couldn't hurt]), and then boot the computer.

You don't get any feedback that the update takes place. You must go to System Profiler and check the "Power" section to see if the pack lot code is changed to 0003.



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10.6: Install Battery Update 1.4 under Snow Leopard
Authored by: tpressman on May 03, '11 06:51:19AM

Pacifist just allows you to bypass the 10.5.5+ system check, otherwise the file "/System/Library/SystemConfiguration/BatteryUpdater.bundle" will not be installed due to lack of Snow Leopard support in the installer.



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10.6: Install Battery Update 1.4 under Snow Leopard
Authored by: ronmc on May 05, '11 03:57:52PM

Thanks for the Pacifist instructions. I followed them and got the BatteryUpdater.bundle installed in the right place, but no matter how many times I rebooted, the pack lot code never changed. Something else seemed to be preventing the battery flash part from working.

In the end, I created a small 20GB partition on my boot disk, installed the 10.4.8 that my MacBook came with, used software update to get it to 10.4.11 and installed the battery update from there. Success. I now have pack lot code 0003.



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10.6: Install Battery Update 1.4 under Snow Leopard
Authored by: DavyB on May 03, '11 12:12:58PM

I found a modified version of this and ran it under Snow Leopard. My battery model number is the same as the one listed for this update, but the rest of the specs didn't match up perfectly.

For about a year I have been having trouble with my battery. It would only hold about a 40 minute charge and always said "condition: replace soon."

Since I didn't have much to lose, I ran this updater to see what would happen. The battery menu bar item now shows "condition: normal" and I have at least doubled the usage time and the battery. Also, it doesn't drain nearly as fast while the computer is asleep.

Here are my battery's specs:

Model Information:
Manufacturer: DP
Device name: ASMB013
Pack Lot Code: 0001
PCB Lot Code: 0000
Firmware Version: 0102
Hardware Revision: 0300
Cell Revision: 0200

It doesn't appear that the firmware was updated, but I think the updater does some sort of "flash" to the battery that has seemed to reset everything back to normal.

Anyway, I'm not sure of all the technical things involved, but I do know that running this has made my battery usable again.



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10.6: Install Battery Update 1.4 under Snow Leopard
Authored by: CLS9 on May 03, '11 12:15:38PM

My Pack Lot Code is 0000. My battery is brand new. Iím running 10.6.7 on my MacBook. Does this update apply to me?



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10.6: Install Battery Update 1.4 under Snow Leopard
Authored by: marcipano on May 21, '11 03:00:34PM

Have you figured your question, because I have the same battery with Pack Lot Code: 0000? My battery drains while sleep by 1/4 per night (almost new battery, with 100 cycles)



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10.6: Install Battery Update 1.4 under Snow Leopard
Authored by: jpclark49 on May 03, '11 07:21:22PM

Thanks for the step by step instructions! Much appreciated.



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10.6: Install Battery Update 1.4 under Snow Leopard
Authored by: benwiggy on May 24, '11 05:22:29AM

I have an Early 2009 13" MacBook, with a battery as follows:
Manufacturer: SMP
Device: ASM8016
Pack Lot Code: 0000
Firmware: 0110

I never hear about this update, and it never came up on SU while I was running Leopard. So I don't know if the update should be used or not. I have always been a little suspicious of the battery, as it does lose a few % overnight -- more if on a low % to start with.
Anyway, I've installed the update. Pack Lot remains at 0000, so I don't think anything has changed. We shall see.



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10.6: Install Battery Update 1.4 under Snow Leopard
Authored by: crewof502 on Oct 01, '12 09:00:59PM

I followed the directions as posted, but to no success. The files installed, but the installation never flashed the battery and never updated. I found a work around to manually force the update and it has worked successfully.

To Update the Battery using Pacifist and using a work around to force the installation manually:

1. Download Pacifist http://www.charlessoft.com/ and install it. Download BatteryUpdate1.4.dmg, run it.
2. Launch Pacifist, ignore the registration screen - wait for 15 seconds, click "Not Yet"
3. Click "Open Package..."
4. Navigate to /Volumes/Battery Update 1.4/BatteryUpdate1.4.pkg
5. Select "Contents of BatteryUpdate1.4.pkg" and then click the "Install" button in the upper left corner of the Pacifist window
6. Run as administrator, enter your administrator password
7. Open Terminal and run this command without the quotes. "/System/Library/SystemConfiguration/BatteryUpdater.bundle/Contents/Resources/BatteryFlasher -bu14"
8. Now run Disk Utility.
9. Select your Macintosh HD, click repair permissions.
10. SHUT DOWN the computer.
11. Let the machine completely shut down and start the computer.
12. Click the Apple icon, click About This Mac, click More Info, Click Power and make sure the battery is updated.

Good to go!



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10.6: Install Battery Update 1.4 under Snow Leopard
Authored by: thyrihad on May 07, '13 06:52:29PM

The fix above didn't work for me and I assumed it was because it wasn't running with admin priviledges, so for step 7 I ran the following instead:

7. Open Terminal and run this command without the quotes.

"sudo /System/Library/SystemConfiguration/BatteryUpdater.bundle/Contents/Resources/BatteryFlasher -bu14"

.. with sudo being the addition. Enter your admin password and you're done. The lot code changed immediately for me, I didn't even need to reboot.



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10.6: Install Battery Update 1.4 under Snow Leopard
Authored by: nurisis on May 12, '13 06:47:51AM

Hi! I have a late 2008 white macbook, with snow leopard (I installed it after augrade to 4GB RAM memory).
Since last week my battery doesn't charge. It's 706 cycles, but until now it was charging 70%.

I tried to install Batery Update 1.4 following your steps, included modificate comand. But my 'lot code' doesn't change, it's still 0002.

I don't know if i'm doing something wrong, or simply my battery is dead and i have to buy another one.

Thank u for your answers!



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