Can rMBP be actually repaired or they just replace?

tadziak

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Jan 4, 2011
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Hi,
I was wondering, since the rMBP is considered to be completely "unfixable" machine, is there any option for Apple to actually repair it? I'm having some strange high pitched noise coming from the left top side of the body. Was wondering if a Genius can replace just a faulty part or my whole machine will need to be swapped...

And what are your experiences? Has anybody gotten his rMBP repaired (except for the screen replacements)?
 

leman

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Oct 14, 2008
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Depends on what you want to get repaired. Battery, power system, fans, speakers should be replaceable without problems. If CPU/GPU/RAM fails (highly unlikely) you will have to replace the entire mainboard.
 

tadziak

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Jan 4, 2011
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Depends on what you want to get repaired. Battery, power system, fans, speakers should be replaceable without problems. If CPU/GPU/RAM fails (highly unlikely) you will have to replace the entire mainboard.
Thanks, a lot. I think I might be having some issue with "power system" - maybe you can have a look at the sound that my Mac makes and try to suggest what can cause it?
http://wikisend.com/download/438696/Memo.m4a

Thank you in advance!
 

leman

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Sorry, but I am hardly qualified to do something like this. Although, as far as i know, high pitched indeed often indicates issues with the PSU (a failing capacitor or something like that). I recommend you bring it to Apple - they will know what to do.
 

tadziak

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Jan 4, 2011
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Sorry, but I am hardly qualified to do something like this. Although, as far as i know, high pitched indeed often indicates issues with the PSU (a failing capacitor or something like that). I recommend you bring it to Apple - they will know what to do.
Yeah, I will try to bring it in, but I'm afraid that they will just either say that it's normal behaviour or would want to replace the whole machine, which I would not like (I got a Samsung screen)...
 

uhslax24

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Jul 21, 2012
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Yeah, I will try to bring it in, but I'm afraid that they will just either say that it's normal behaviour or would want to replace the whole machine, which I would not like (I got a Samsung screen)...
Chances are, they will do everything in their power to not have to swap out the machine. If they do, 9/10 times it's totally necessary.
 

tadziak

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Chances are, they will do everything in their power to not have to swap out the machine. If they do, 9/10 times it's totally necessary.
My problem is I'm currently in Germany and they have a different keyboard than US/International. So I can't get my machine swapped with a stock model anyway...
 

dusk007

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Dec 5, 2009
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I think they would only swap it entirely to save time.
That stuff is still too expensive to just throw away the entire thing for one faulty part. Logicboard is a big one though as practically everything is on it.
Doesn't take that long to switch it. Even the biggest noob of a techy should be able to do that in under an hour and one hour costs a lot less than the logicboard which is somewhere around a few hundred dollars.
 

Mal

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Jan 6, 2002
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Apple will always avoid swapping entire machines, as they could then use the rest of the parts only for other repairs or to sell as a refurbished machine, which is not cost effective. There are still a fair number of replaceable parts in the MacBook Pro with Retina display, although certainly fewer than previous models.

jW
 

dmccloud

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Sep 7, 2009
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My problem is I'm currently in Germany and they have a different keyboard than US/International. So I can't get my machine swapped with a stock model anyway...
In all honesty, if it did require a machine swap, they could possibly swap your current keyboard for the one on the new machine.