Help with some glue on a macbook motherboard

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by excalibur313, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. excalibur313 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2003
    Cambridge, MA
    Hi everyone,
    It seems like I got myself into a bit of trouble. I have a 15" i5 mid 2010 unibody macbook pro and in gluing a foot back in place, it seems like some super glue somehow got on the display cable inside the laptop and now the monitor is shimmering and has a purple tint to it. The apple store says it will be $1200 to replace because they will need to swap out the motherboard and the display cable.

    Needless to say, I am seriously kicking myself for this whole situation because had I brought it in this whole situation could have been avoided. I was wondering if someone with experience repairing these things could give me some advice. Since it is superglue, could I use a plastic safe debonding agent to try and remove the glue? I thought that superglue was a dielectric so it is not clear to me why it would do much of anything even if it got on the motherboard. If the motherboard is just messed up, is it worth buying a new motherboard and swapping it out or is the procedure really difficult? (I have had experience switching ram, hard drives, and even a display on macbooks.) I see that they cost about $500. The other part of me is wondering whether I should just buy a new machine. The heart breaking part is that there seems to be a huge difference in price between a functioning and non functioning machine of this type. I am not sure if I could get more than $150 in its current state.

    Thanks so much for the help!
  2. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    I wouldn't feel too bad about it man, stuff happens. Just yesterday I stripped a couple of screws inside one of my laptops. I couldn't remove it so I had to bend and snap off part of the HDD mounting bracket. Same as you, could have been avoided - was thinking the exact same thing afterwards.

    Unfortunately sometimes you just have to cut your losses in a situation like this. Instead of pouring more money into it in order to fix it, perhaps just try to sell it off or salvage what you can out of it and save the parts.

    Sorry that had to happen but like I said, it does and sometimes you just have to move on from situations like this. Not that you are dwelling on it or anything, but no need to kick yourself for it. Things happen for a reason.

    I hope that you can come to some sort of decision. Good luck. :)
  3. Queen6 macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2008
    Putting out the fire with gasoline...
    Best thing you can do now is seek out an independent Apple specialist and see what they advise. Apple will aways replace everything back to "new" which may not be absolutely necessary

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