How to check other macbook problems without HD installed.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by smnjms, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. smnjms macrumors newbie

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    Hi, ive been lurking these forums for a while now and everyone always seems helpful so i thought id register and join in the fun myself!

    My first problem is that of a macbook... 2.1ghz, 1gbram, model no. a1181.

    Basically i bought 2 broken macbooks. the idea was to send them off and get them fixed, but the guy who usually sorts them out for me hasnt been in touch for a while, so i thought is try and save some money and bodge it myself.

    The macbook im fixing has a broken lcd and the panel around it is also cracked. The other mac display is intact so i figured i could just switch them over, not a problem. The only thing that concerns me is that once i go through the effort of switching them over that it still might not work. as it stands neither macbook has a HD or sled/caddy in it and im wondering if there is anyway of testing the other hardware inside without a HD? both macbooks switch on and the fan runs continuously (no sudden shut down after 5 seconds) however there is no chime and a blank black screen on both. the white power light stays on throughout.

    any help would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    Have you tried inserting an OS disk and booting to it? This may be an easier and cheaper method of checking more hardware. Pick up a copy of Snow Leopard... you'll eventually need it anyway.
     
  3. Synchromesh macrumors 6502a

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    If nothing comes on screen, I would try swapping memory out and checking each stick separately. Or try a known-good stick. If it's not a memory problem you might have 2 dead logic boards which is expensive.
     

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