Killed my Air whilst replacing cable

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by myuserid08, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. myuserid08 macrumors 6502

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    I was replacing the audio cable in my Air when I dropped a screw on the board which controls the front pulsing light.
    My Air no longer turns on, the only part that shows any life is the charger.

    I cannot believe the screw has shorted the logic board ?

    It's a 2009 1.86ghz, 128gb MacBook air.

    Any suggestions ?

    PS. Trying to upload photo, it's difficult when using an iPhone!!
     
  2. Nobita macrumors 6502

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    If you have apple care, i suggest you to just go to the apple store and play dumb. it's really hard to fix a shortened logic board.
     
  3. wpotere Guest

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    And by "playing dumb", you mean lie...:rolleyes:

    It is possible that you killed it. Might be time to purchase a new computer.
     
  4. myuserid08 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No, don't have AppleCare - even when it was in warranty I replaced various parts including the fan/wifi card - it's often quicker and cheaper to do it yourself once you take travel into account.
     
  5. quackinator macrumors newbie

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    Since you're out of warranty and your board seems to be fried, try reflowing it. You have nothing to lose anyways :)
     
  6. phantax macrumors member

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    Reflow what? He shorted the board out, he isn't trying to repair cold solder joints here.
     
  7. phantax macrumors member

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    OP: Did you not have the battery (and AC) disconnected when you were replacing the audio cable?

    I am asking because it would be very difficult to short out the logic board with no power running through it and I believe you have to remove the battery to get to the cable you were replacing.
     
  8. myuserid08 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes battery was disconnected - this is what I don't understand, how can it be a short when there was no power (caps maybe?).

    I've taken the air completely to bits and rebuilt, still doesn't want to fire up.
     
  9. ovrlrd macrumors 65816

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    You are supposed to not touch it for several hours while the caps dissipate.
     
  10. wpotere Guest

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    Where you using anti static straps? You could have killed it with static electricity as well.
     
  11. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Apple would want $755 to replace the logic board. Unfortunately, it may be time to get a new one, particularly since for $445 more than a repair you can get a new 11" with the Core i5, 4GB, and 128GB SSD.
     
  12. quackinator macrumors newbie

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    Well it wouldn't hurt to try, and it would cost him next to nothing (except for the gas bill perhaps, for using an oven)
     
  13. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    Put it back together and take it to Apple let them look at and see what they say. They will give you a quote before they do any repair work.

    At least if you know the cost of the repair you can make a decision.
     

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