How Frankenstein is your MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Aphid Acer, Feb 8, 2016.


I have replaced on my MBA...

  1. Battery

    10 vote(s)
  2. Topcase/Keyboard/Trackpad

    6 vote(s)
  3. Display

    7 vote(s)
  4. Logic Board

    5 vote(s)
  5. SSD

    6 vote(s)
  6. Other Casing/Screws

    5 vote(s)
  7. IO Board/Microphone/Speakers

    1 vote(s)
  8. Fan

    3 vote(s)
  9. Airport Card

    1 vote(s)
  10. None -- my beast is flawless

    37 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Aphid Acer macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2015
    Getting anxious to get my hands on the '16 MBA powering Iris 540 with 64 MB eDRAM. I've held off for many years because my 4,2 has been rock solid, and most importantly...very easy to repair.

    Over the years, I've had to peel back this beauty's hood and tinker to get ol' Frankenstein up and running again. I am curious how many others love their machine and throw caution warranties to the wind for the sake of cradling its motherboard like an baby. My precious is a daily grinder for almost 5 years -- Mathematica, excessive civ5, a thesis... this machine is amazing.

    2011 MBA 4,2 A1369
    Replaced fan -- though probably could have salvaged it through cleaning
    Replaced SSD -- size matters?
    Replaced topcase -- water damage. Grueling repair...
    Replaced battery -- duration matters more?
    Replaced screws -- since all above were separate ;-p

    You got an old top but younger bottom? Maybe you replaced a cracked windshield or toasted brain? Please... join me and share proudly to the world how Frankenstein your MBA is!
  2. bingeciren macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2011
    Where is the vote button for NONE, I haven't replaced anything, it just works perfectly for the past 3 years.
  3. iMacC2D, Feb 9, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2017
  4. Aphid Acer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2015
    That one is a doozy, literally the last component to remove if you repair yourself.

    Added, thanks.
  5. iMacC2D, Feb 9, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2017

    iMacC2D macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2010
  6. SmOgER, Feb 11, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2016

    SmOgER macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2014
    First I've replaced the battery.

    I've had purchased mint condition 2010 MBA (literally barely used at all, it looked new inside out) not long ago to use for parts.

    What came from it was: screen assembly (2011 one cracked just before), I/O board, some screws, bottom cover, CPU fan... It's a shame 2010 one doesn't have a keyboard backlight, otherwise my intention would be to replace the top case as well.

    Everything went fine except as it later turned out that 2010 screen assembly doesn't have ambient light sensor, but I wasn't bummed about that at all since I prefer to adjust it on my own anyway and as a side effect I can now turn on my keyboard backlight at all times (no more stupid illumination-lock sign) :)

    PS. Replacing top case is not that hard. What's really hard is migrating the keyboard from one top case to another. It's very easy to mess up something and end up with the keys scraping against aluminum etc.

    PPS. Since not many of those parts that I replaced were broken to begin with (lol), I voted for battery and display. Battery - normal wear. Screen - I cracked it. :D
  7. Noble Actual macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2014
    Nothing yet...although mines kinda new (2013 model).

    Felt like ones after 2012 will last longer.
  8. Slix macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2010
    I've only ever replaced one thing on my 2012 MacBook Air (I got it in 2013 though), which was my SSD, but not because it failed or anything, I just needed a larger drive. :p
  9. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    I recently picked up a 2012 13" MBA which had mainly a totally destroyed screen. Initially I used it for spare parts for my other 2011 13" MBA; took its battery and trackpad. Later, I replaced those, and then also replaced the screen. By my count, it now has parts from 4 different computers. That is fairly Frankenstein imo.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 18, 2016 ---
    What is that for?
  10. cincygolfgrrl macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2012
    Somewhere In Time
    I had a logic board failure within a few months of getting my 2011 11" MBA. Apple replaced it, no charge. It's been flawless since. Best computer ever, and I've been at it since mid-1980s. The battery is at 83%, so I'll get that replaced sometime this year probably.

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