Macbook Pro Early 2008 with dead logic board - what now?

aaditotjo

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I bought a Macbook Pro about 2 years ago, and I got a call from the Apple service center here in Singapore that my beloved Macbook Pro has a dead logic board! How do logic boards die so early!? It's only been 2 years!? I have numerous other Windows PCs, all of which are much older and work fine. Now I need to buy a new Macbook Pro, but i'm not exactly rich... The refresh should be coming around soon, but finances are still a problem. Can I sell it for some cash? (I've tried numerous sites, all offering around $230 for it, but they only receive from the US.) They say that i'll have to pay around $1200 to get the Logic board fixed, can I get it done cheaper?

What now? :(
 

Hellhammer

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You can buy a replacement logic board from eBay for example for around 500$ and replace it yourself. Tell me the specs of your MBP and I can find you a one
 

aaditotjo

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You can buy a replacement logic board from eBay for example for around 500$ and replace it yourself. Tell me the specs of your MBP and I can find you a one
MacBook Pro Early 2008/Penryn - 15 inch 2.5 gHz Intel core 2 duo, 512 mb DDR3 SDRAM Nvidia Gforce 8600M GT

And thanks for your help :)
 

iLog.Genius

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Why are logic board failures so common in Apple computers. I've never seen it being this bad in the Windows world.
Someone is going to come in here and say well every computer company has defects which is true but this is Apple's biggest flaw and unfortunately the most expensive. Just based on calls on problems, the logic board is the biggest fault in defects in Mac Pro's and MacBook Pro's. You can say in the past that Apple's products (PowerBook, iBook days) were solid and you could put them through anything without fear of something happening but with today's Mac, you have too many people "babying" their Mac and getting all these protective cases because they look at their Mac's as 1) something that looks good and they want to keep it like that and/or 2) they're "fragile" computers which is understandable with how easily something goes wrong with Mac's.
 

Pax

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Here. Not exactly the cheapest but still half of the price that Apple offers
There are guys in the US who will swap it for a refurb for a similar price including fitting. eg

http://www.dttservice.com/macbookpro.html

I have never used them & I can't speak for the quality of a refurb board (I put a refurb board in an old G4 iMac which ran for 5+ years though). But it gives you another option if you don't want to do the install yourself.
 

Hellhammer

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There are guys in the US who will swap it for a refurb for a similar price including fitting. eg

http://www.dttservice.com/macbookpro.html

I have never used them & I can't speak for the quality of a refurb board (I put a refurb board in an old G4 iMac which ran for 5+ years though). But it gives you another option if you don't want to do the install yourself.
Good point but shipping will cost a nice $ as well though so will the shipping of logic board. I would definitely check their price!
 

skchin

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I am going to trade-in my 17" MBP (2008) for the 13" MBP (2.53 gHz)... maybe tomorrow...
 

iLog.Genius

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ooooh, yeah. Obvious answer. Worth checking, Apple should replace without question if so.
The OP doesn't go into much detail but when he says his logic board is "dead", I'm assuming that it won't even power on? If that is the case, OP can't claim faulty GPU problem.
 

A.W.E.S.O.M.-0

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The OP doesn't go into much detail but when he says his logic board is "dead", I'm assuming that it won't even power on? If that is the case, OP can't claim faulty GPU problem.
Unless the OP is a citizen of a country which actually have consumer rights protection. He might not claim a faulty GPU but at least get the 3 year expected lifetime-guarantee by law on the logic board (as you get for example in The Netherlands).

I have no Idea how that works in Singapore or any other country outside the EU but it could be worth a try. Of course apple will try everything to prevent you to get your free repair, but if you have the consumer rights, use them!
 

Eddyisgreat

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ooooh, yeah. Obvious answer. Worth checking, Apple should replace without question if so.
I thought I was in the twilight zone for a second. This is usually one of the first things that get said in "my logic board is dead" threads. Op do like these guys say and make sure they check the 8600m . That's probably the problem unless the machine doesn't turn on like someone else mentioned.
 

budman1961

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Why are logic board failures so common in Apple computers. I've never seen it being this bad in the Windows world.

Right...I call BS, just call any Dell domestic Premier tech about the latitude series, of just about any other series for that matter. Not a Dell hater, they are the BEST of the bunch. HP, just about anything at Best Buy (EX. Apple) are all nightmares. Why post crap when you obviously dont have a clue.

PS, I have over 5000 windows machines within my networks, its a nightmare that never ends. Look up the stats on component failure before you post, or just go away.
 

mgartner0622

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Right...I call BS, just call any Dell domestic Premier tech about the latitude series, of just about any other series for that matter. Not a Dell hater, they are the BEST of the bunch. HP, just about anything at Best Buy (EX. Apple) are all nightmares. Why post crap when you obviously dont have a clue.

PS, I have over 5000 windows machines within my networks, its a nightmare that never ends. Look up the stats on component failure before you post, or just go away.
+1

I'm A+ Certified for computer repair, I've seen so many HP's, and a lot of the sub-700 notebooks in that are completly dead within the 1st year. I've even owned an HP DV2000 that was 849.99, and it had to have 3 logic boards in 1 year. :eek:

Meanwhile, my 12" PowerBook keeps ticking. (And I just bought another off of ebay too!)
 

revenent

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I had the exact same problem as well. Bought a 2008 MBP. used for about 2 years or less, logic board died. Sent it in and paid for their diagnostic fee and they said its not covered under the nvidia graphics problem. I was wondering, both chips are soldered onto the same logic board. I was gaming at that time on the MBP, it was just a matter of who gets fried first anyway. To replace the board i had to pay an additional 800 bugs. In the end, i strip the whole laptop down to bits and pieces and sold them all off for some cash. The logic board ended up in the bin of course.
 

mark28

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Why are logic board failures so common in Apple computers. I've never seen it being this bad in the Windows world.
I'd say heat. The older MBP get very hot which is not good for the internals.

The 2010 MBP are cooler, so Apple seems to have fixed this problem perhaps.
 

mark28

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+1

I'm A+ Certified for computer repair, I've seen so many HP's, and a lot of the sub-700 notebooks in that are completly dead within the 1st year. I've even owned an HP DV2000 that was 849.99, and it had to have 3 logic boards in 1 year. :eek:

Meanwhile, my 12" PowerBook keeps ticking. (And I just bought another off of ebay too!)
If you work in a computer store, ofcourse you're going to get many more PC laptops in for repair, because most people own a PC laptop. That makes sense.

People with a broken MBP go to an Apple store, so not sure where you work. But even still, you're going to get more PC repairs due to the market share.

We got PC laptops which works fine, a 4 year old and 2 year old.