is it worth to repair a 2012 macbook pro 13 inches

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  1. firehon macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone , last two week , my 2012 macbook pro 13 shut down suddenly , i took it to apple to check it , they told me that the motherboard is dead and its almost US$500 to replace a new motherboard there, i feel so frustrated on it , after that i bought a 2015 macbook pro 15 inches , since i also have a 2008 iMac at home but its really slow and also hang , i am wonder if i take the 2012 13 inches to repair which replace for my iMac or not , i feel bait waste if i don't take it to repair , on the other hand , its cost almost US$ 5OO . would you give me some suggestion guy , thanks alot
     
  2. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    Try this: disconnect the battery from the motherboard, replace the bottom panel but don't replace the screws, attach the charger, wait a few minutes to see if the Macbook powers on by itself. If it turns on, it could be a defective battery.

    If the Macbook doesn't power itself on with the battery disconnected, I would do one of two things: find a used 2012 MBP 13 with a working motherboard and damaged screen to swap out the motherboard or take your MBP to an apple repair shop that can perform repairs to the motherboard.
     
  3. firehon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks alot
     
  4. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    I hope it's just the battery. Let us know what happens. Thanks.
     
  5. firehon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    actually the staff at apple told me that its must be the motherboard since the green light on the MagSafe is on , and they told me that
    its must be the motherboard , i also remember my battery cycle is only around 90
     
  6. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    Nope, they are wrong. If a battery is not connected, the magsafe charger can show a green led.

    Cycle count is not an indication of battery health.

    Did they take the machine apart to test the battery or did they just try to turn it on?
     
  7. firehon thread starter macrumors newbie

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    they take it inside the genius bar and check for me , that guy also told me that its confirm about the motherboard after i ask
    him few times….
     
  8. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    It is up to you how you want to proceed. If you trust the advice of the Apple store, you should look for a replacement board.

    Apple stores are not allowed to perform repairs to a logic board, they can only replace boards.
     
  9. jerryk macrumors 601

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    If it turns out that you need to pay $500 to repair it, I would say it is time to move on. The value of the unit is no more than $500.
     
  10. mcpryon2 macrumors 6502a

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    You could go the other direction and sell it "for parts/not working" on eBay and get a little bit to offset the new one you got.
     
  11. one1, Sep 28, 2017
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    In what world? My "101" "averages" $750 on ebay. The OP didn't specify which one he had. This place, of all places, knows the cult following of a fully spec'd 2.9 i7 "101". Until a year ago apple still sold them for $1100.

    Do you just not know?
    https://marco.org/2016/01/04/md101ll-a
    https://www.cultofmac.com/405009/why-is-apples-ancient-2012-macbook-pro-still-so-popular/
     
  12. jerryk macrumors 601

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    I just did another search on eBay. Assuming we are talking about an non-retina Mid-2012 MBP 13, my $500 is an accurate estimate since we have no idea how the system is equipped. Be sure you filter and eBay listing by "Completed sales". And then you have to subtract PayPal or other financing fees, shipping, insurance, etc.
     
  13. one1, Sep 28, 2017
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    one1 macrumors 65816

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    I've known the prices of 101's since they came out so no need to dive into this, but make it even more simple..... you're saying an apple laptop they sold last year for $1100 is worth $500 a year later. He didn't say when he bought it, but everything you said was based off assumption so shouldn't be an issue here to continue to do so.

    I returned 380 hits on this search, of which 240 were over $700. OP: if you have a good machine, fix it and enjoy.

    (side note, technically mine is a 102 and brings more. the 101 is the i5, but the op hasn't specified)

    Apple still sells the 2012 MBP for $1100 in the refurb section.

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  14. jimmy4o8 macrumors newbie

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    Sounds like your Power Chip or one of the power rails needs replacement. Apple won't be able to fix this since they don't perform repairs on logic boards and only replaces them. You would need to find a shop that performs component level board repairs such as micro-soldering to fix this issue. This is an easy fix
     
  15. mcpryon2 macrumors 6502a

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    Put up the Rossmann signal!
     
  16. dinostars macrumors member

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    Just because they sold a 5 year old laptop for $1100 certainly doesn't make it work $1100. I live in a major Canadian city and the same model on CL goes for around $600-650 CAD.
     
  17. TonyK macrumors 65816

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    But those are working, not needing ~$500 to repair. Also Apple will charge more than most individuals because face it, it is from Apple, may come with some form of warranty, even if it is 30 to 90 days.
     
  18. jimmy4o8 macrumors newbie

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    KT Electronics performs these repairs for $149 flat rate for non-retina model logic boards or $179 for retina model logic boards. Comes included with 90-days warranty with an option to extend to 9-months for an additional $50
     

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