How-to Hotwire a MacBook Pro

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  1. lPHONE macrumors 6502a

    lPHONE

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    I have a 17" Macbook Pro that won't start up and I suspect the topcase ribbon cable. A few years ago, I discovered on an iBook G4, that you can complete the circuit by hotwring these 2 leads with a paperclip, thus starting up the machine.

    I was wondering if anyone know of a way to do that on a 17" Core 2 Macbook Pro (non-unibody) :confused:
     
  2. ayeying macrumors 601

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    When did the MBP become a car? lol

    But honestly, I wouldn't attempt it. Last time I tried that on a board, my finger got burned by a 1500 deg F circuit and I fried the entire thing.
     
  3. lPHONE thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm well aware of the risks.
    I have baked logic boards (in the oven), resulting in their resurrection. Anyone know where the leads are?
     
  4. fs454 macrumors 68000

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    it's probably the 8600M GT failure. The computer seems to not respond to anything or make noise when this happens.
     
  5. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816

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    beg borrow or steal a topcase. trust me when I say this is not an ibook and bound to end in sorrow if you pursue it with a paperclip.
     
  6. lPHONE thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    if it was the Nvidia failure, it would still chime. but that's beside the point, I want to know how to hotwire the thing...

    Hmmm... top case from a 15" MBP C2D? is the connector the same?
     
  7. lPHONE thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well it's official: i am now gay. :rolleyes: the 15" 2.5ghz topcase uses a different foxconn connector, so that was a big waste of time.
     
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    Most of the geniuses hear won't "hot wire" their computers with paperclips. Why not try it yourself and report back.
     
  10. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, honestly, just bring it to the Apple store.
     
  11. Disc Golfer macrumors 6502a

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    What does this have to do with your sexual preference?
     
  12. reebzor macrumors 6502a

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    I think he meant happy :rolleyes:
     
  13. lPHONE thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sorry, we brits say things a little differently.
    Our US friends choose to recreate words for some unknown reason. For instance: ******
    But of course, what do we know about English?
     
  14. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816

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    We won the war, we get to turn nice words into derogatory terms. :D
     
  15. bware189 macrumors member

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    If by we, you mean people that lived in the same relative area that you live ~300 years back? You are not a revolutionary, nor is the brit, as he calls himself, the headmaster of the English language.
     
  16. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    ha i love how a crazy idea of hot-wiring a computer turned into a discussion of the use of the english language then spun off into the revolutionary war and the use of the word we. only on MR. what entertainment.:rolleyes:
     
  17. JoeDRC macrumors 6502

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    speak for yourself, i thought you'd turned gay as well
    regardless, take it to an apple store, a paperclip isn't the wisest (or safest) solution to your problem
     
  18. cal6n macrumors 68000

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    Let those colonial types think what they like. We can afford to be magnanimous... :)

    Regarding your original question, there are power-on pads on all Apple motherboards as far as I'm aware. Which specific Macbook Pro are you interested in? I can probably post a picture for you.
     
  19. lPHONE thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The 15" 2.5GHz non-unibody. Thanks.

    (btw, I have since replaced the topcase ribbon and it was indeed the culprit. However, I would still like to know- just to know.)
     
  20. Csmitte macrumors 6502

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    As a person with an Electrical background I implore you not to try this, its not worth the anger you will feel when the sparks fly. Just take it in man. DO IT!

    Cheers!
     
  21. lPHONE thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, I won't do it!

    (would still like to know how, just in case)
     

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