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2017 Mac Air won't charge even with all peripherals swapped out.

By egogoo ·
I've been troubleshooting a 2017 Mac Air for entirely too long, and I feel that I may be bested by this conundrum that I'm facing.

My problem lies in the fact that originally, my charger worked. I unfortunately formatted the system and put linux on it thinking nothing about it, then of course realizing the error in my ways I had to do the internet recovery in order to put the system back to factory.

Now this is where my problem surfaced. After formatting the drive, the light stopped coming on on the charger, and I can't for the life of me make the system charge. I can get about 10-15 seconds of regular boot sequence then the power cuts. The SMC seems fine, and reads "2.27f2" in the system report.

I don't understand because everything seems to be in order, and what makes it worse is that I'm almost 100% on the fact that it's software not hardware.

I can make the Mac boot by holding the power button, then connecting the charger, and thusly releasing the power button 5 seconds later, in which I get a high speed fan boot. This boot-up being fully functional, nothing at all wrong except high speed fans, which are obnoxious.

The thing that is stranger than anything else is the fact that I connected a friends charger, which was the correct wattage and model, and upon first hookup, it glowed green. Reflecting the fact that when I boot the system normally, during the 15 seconds time I have before it cycles, the top right notification shows the battery to be at 100%. I then disconnected his charger tried mine, to no avail. Then flipped back to his and NOTHING. It acted like my charger, having come into contact once with my machine.

Regardless, thank you to anyone who reads this and potentially has some input because I'm stumped. I'm generally very good with this sort of thing, and I can count on one hand the times I've thrown in the towel.

THANKS!
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