Advice on swapping parts

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  1. CMD is me, Nov 8, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012

    CMD is me macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2006
    I have 2 older Macbook Pros -- first generation 15" CoreDuo and a late 2006 Core 2 Duo. Both have issues. I want to swap parts to create one that works properly.

    CoreDuo issues: 1 cooling fan is bad, airport card doesn't keep a signal

    Core2 Duo issues: a string of keys don't work, monitor goes out with heavy video use (turns purple then blank), dvd drive doesn't work.

    Swapping out the fan and airport card/antena from the newer C2D to the older CD wouldn't be hard, but the C2D is faster and has FW800 (CD only has FW400). Going the other way seems a bit tricky. I don't know if the display is going out or the video card. Any advice?
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    If you have a 8600GT by nVidia, it is most likely a video card issue. It's been well known for about 3-4 years now that most if not all of them have a manufacturing defect that leads to failure. They're all a ticking time bomb. Check with your local Apple store, Apple has extended the warranty on the motherboard to 4 years on affected computers after a class action suit was won against nVidia. Some Apple Stores will even replace your motherboard out of that extra 3 years of warranty so it's worth a try.
  3. CMD is me thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2006
    Thanks, turns out I have the Radeon X1600. I checked and I actually have the 06 not the 07 2.2 C2D. I updated my post.

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