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Macbook air Crashed, bricked or just a power problem?

I was doing some work on my computer and then I left it with the power cord on and then after a while I found my macbook with no power. I tried unpluggin and plugging it or reset it by pressing the power button for 10 sec.... nothing seems to work.

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  • suekg6 Jun 24, 2008

    Just bough Apple Air and it was working all day then all of a sudden it wont start there is absolutely no action at all. Have tried unplugging but to no avail.

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That is odd. I have had a fantastic experience with my MBA so far. The good news for you is that, since you have a MBA, you are probably within the 90 window in which you can seek unlimited complimentary support from Apple. 
If you are close to a retail store, take it to the Genius Bar. Otherwise, check out this link for info on phone support:
http://www.apple.com/support/complimentary/

Posted on Mar 26, 2008

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