Is my logic board fried?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jmpmntwnty3, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. jmpmntwnty3 macrumors 6502

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    So I was using my macbook pro today. I've had it since September 27th 2007. This was money I saved up over a period of a year and a few months and bought it myself. Anyhow, I've never had any problems with the thing, other than a few software quirks here and there (things 97% of mbp users experience that eventually got fixed via software updates). I go to turn my MBP on in class and the ****er doesn't turn on.

    The actual machine boots up, but nothing comes on the screen. I try for hours and hours and hours, and it just won't work. I hear the chime and it doesn't boot. I tried a PRAM reset, and the chime is now louder (because PRAM resets volume levels and default configs and all of that stuff), but no dice.

    If I leave the computer like this for a few minutes, and touch the back of it, I can feel an intense heat coming from the inside. A heat so intense, it reminds me of touching a hot stove top.

    Is this my logic board? My first instinct thought it was my fans, since it gets pretty hot now (all of a sudden) but what does that have to do with the screen? I've heard that a fried logic board experiences the symptoms I mentioned above.

    Can anyone help??

    Oh, by the way. I didn't purchase applecare because I think the whole idea of it is bogus, and you know what else is funny? I mentioned that i purchased the damn thing on Sept. 27th 2007. What's today's date? Sept. 29th 2008.

    Coincidence?
     
  2. dual64bit macrumors 6502

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    Is there anything on the screen or is the screen black?

    Try to boot in verbose mode. Hold Command + V and startup. Might give you a better idea what is going on...
     
  3. jmpmntwnty3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Screen's completely black :(
     
  4. dual64bit macrumors 6502

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    Could be an issue with the screen/video card. Do you have an external monitor you can attach it to? TV with DVI or VGA in?

    If it displays on the TV/external monitor then the issue would be with the screen, if it doesn't work on the external monitor then it may be the graphics card/logic board.
     
  5. jmpmntwnty3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My roommate has an external screen and I plugged my MBP into it. No luck there either.
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Sounds like the inverter for the screen is shot. You can try to call apple, and they should give you a quote.

    EDIT: It seems you responded as I typed, since the external screen doesn't work, it now does seems like either the video card or logic board are shot.
     
  7. dual64bit macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like it's the graphics card / logic board then. No other good things to try except technician diagnostics @ an Apple store.

    Sorry dude..
     
  8. jmpmntwnty3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Closest apple store is 2 hours away. Looks like I'm really screwed, huh? And even then, the turnaround to replace something like that is what ... a week? 2 weeks? Maybe more?

    I can't afford being without my computer for even a day. For one, I'm a full time student and an entertainment blogger, so being without my computer means I can't get my schoolwork done or do my friggin' job.

    So it looks like my only option would be to just shell out $2500 bucks for a brand new MBP, which also sucks because they're updating the line in a few weeks. I'd love to be able to wait until then, but I really can't afford to.
     
  9. dual64bit macrumors 6502

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    Check craigslist under computer services to see if there is anyone closer that can have a look at it. There are a lot of Apple Certified Macintosh Technicians out there that would have the tools and ability to replace the logic board / video card.
     
  10. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    You can call, they should send a box, but it may cost more.

    You could see about renting a computer for a few weeks, then purchase when the update happens.
     
  11. alphaod macrumors Core

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    It's 5-7 days turnaround.
     
  12. jmpmntwnty3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do you have any idea how much those parts cost?
     
  13. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    does your school have labs? if so try to adjust to that while it gets fixed or new ones come
     
  14. jmpmntwnty3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Where can I rent a macbook pro?
     
  15. alphaod macrumors Core

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    It's 5-7 days turnaround.

    However do this: Go and get a estimate; they will do some diagnostics and stuff, then they will tell you they will do a extended diagnostic and possibily a repair; you express you dissatisfaction; you come home; you write a nice email to sjobs [at] apple [dot] com you tell Mr. Jobs you are unhappy with the repair time, you need it for work, and that you will not buy another Mac and if people ask you about it, you will point to your computer and say that's why not! Tell him you can't settle for less and you want a replacement.
     
  16. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I dont know about a MBP, you may be stuck with a PC, but it all depends on where you are. Rent-a-Center is fairly common.
     
  17. jmpmntwnty3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, we do ... but all of my work is on my laptop lol. I have an external HD with time machine backups or whatever, but that's useless without a mac. I've always prepared myself for things like Hard Drive failure, but I never thought something like this would happen. And even then, there's really no way to prepare for it.

    And what about my website? I have 3 clients who are waiting on finished layouts from me, in addition to posting on my blog. There's no way I can do that on the school's computers since all of the necessary files/programs are on my macbook pro.

    Apple charges close to $3,000 for their computers, but lately, I've been hearing of things like this happening a lot. A friend of mine experienced the same exact thing a month ago. Only difference is, he had only had his for a few weeks.
     
  18. berkleeboy210 macrumors 68000

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    Here's one place.

    http://www.laptoprent.com/

    It's $285 (w/ shipping) to rent a 15" MBP until the 14th. Not bad. It's the 2.33ghz Model with the ATI 256MB Video Card.
     
  19. jmpmntwnty3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Go get an estimate from where?
     
  20. dual64bit macrumors 6502

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    Depending on the MacBook Pro, probably around $900 for the logic board. It would be steep. But, like others said, get the diagnostics before making a decision, could be some loose cables.

    You said how hot it was, I assume it's off now. Maybe keep it off over night, and turn it on in the morning. Who knows....
     
  21. dual64bit macrumors 6502

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    Make a road trip to the Apple Store that is two+ hours away, or check for computer service places closer, they may have the ability to look at Apples.
     
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  23. jmpmntwnty3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow, $400 for a one-month rental??? This seems too good to be true! Do you have any first-hand experience with that company?
     
  24. jmpmntwnty3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You know what the problem with that is? I was in a car accident 2 weeks ago and my car won't be out of the shop until the end of this week. The month of September has been pure hell for me...
     
  25. jmpmntwnty3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nah, mine's a 2.4. Do you have the link for the 2.4 gig model?
     

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