Anybody replaced/reflowed GPU on Macbook pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sonhascome, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Sonhascome macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2010
    I have a 13" 2.26ghz i2d macbook pro that I can only get to boot in safe mode. When I hook the hard drive up to an enclosure and USB port I still have the same issue. From looking around online I've gathered that its the GPU. My question is, is this something that I can do myself? Also if it is, where can I pick up a graphics card for it (is my best bet a used mbp on ebay?)? thanks for the input guys.
  2. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    The GPU is soldered to the board. In order to replace it, the entire board needs to be replaced.
  3. Sonhascome thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2010
    you can't remove it by heating it up?
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Yes, you cannot remove it via heating it up. It is not glued, it is soldered.

    Just saw, that you have a 13" MBP, which has no dedicated GPU, but an integrated one, which means, it is located in the CPU or Northbridge, which again, are soldered chips.
  5. vpro macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2012
    Can you buy totally new logic boards with the current IVY Bridge in a 2.7Ghz processor configuration to replace the former board?

    When I think customizations I guess I am ignorant to think that there are tons of possibilities but I am learning there are real parameters which you have to follow, you can't just put together a super laptop computer like you can a desk top. Technology isn't light years apart in advancement from one build to another currently right?
  6. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Maybe. If it will physically fit and all the connectors match 100%. Though that's unlikely between generations, you'd have to compare the two specifically.

    Logic boards are really expensive anyway, it could be better financially to sell the machine as is and buy an upgraded model.
  7. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    It's the kind of question; "if you have to ask you can't do it."
  8. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    It can actually be done, you just have to have the equipment and knowledge of how to do it. We have this or one similar where I work:

    That being said, it isn't something very many people are going to be able to do on their own. The tools are cost prohibitive, and it takes experience to do it correctly.
  9. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2009
    The only tools that can do this right, even at the low end, cost as much as the entire motherboard. You can find old, off lease IR rework stations for as low as $450, but again, why get a machine to do this very likely one time job which you will likely mess up the first time when you can buy another board or have someone else do it for that or less?

Share This Page