MB Air mid 2013 - Faulty Logic Board?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by M0nk3ym4n, Dec 19, 2016.

  1. M0nk3ym4n macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2011
    I was trying to reinstall MAC OSX, my plan was to sell it and add the difference in cost to get a new MB Pro...

    I used options+r I think it was to get into ?recovery settings? anyway I erased & unmounted the drive. then when it came to download the OS from apple, it failed half way through. and turned itself off.

    since this moment I have been unable to boot up the macbook, the screen illuminates slightly and I hear the chime and it stays on the black(but kind of illuminated) screen.

    I have tried numerous things thats been suggested online such as options+r+p, options+shift+r ... there was a lot of different variations I have used and nothing works. I just cant get anywhere with any key presses.

    I took it into apple store and they simply said the logic board is faulty and it'll cost me £400 to get it fixed to which I think I could probably buy another 2013 model for this price? my partner has a macbook pro from around 2009 she uses every single day and its still working perfectly so I find it hard to believe after two years of very light use my macbook air can be faulty!

    Basically I am hoping to get some insight into if this is true(the guy at the apple store didn't seem so sure in his expressions), surely if the motherboard is faulty I wouldn't get the screen illuminating or the chime?

    I hope I have explained it well enough however if it helps I can load a video onto youtube to show exactly how the mac behaves after I turn it on.

    Thanks for reading
  2. Willo34 macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2015
  3. M0nk3ym4n thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2011
    Thanks very much for your reply Willo. I have replaced a motherboard in a windows PC before but im guessing it won't be as easy with a macbook air... or will it?

    Here's a link to my YouTube video of the issue. I turn on the macbook and you see what happens.

    For some reason the Caps lock works for like 1/2 seconds after power-on then it kind of freezes whatever it's set at.

  4. iStiggy macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2013

    Mine did the same thing on December 14th. I booted off an external drive and it didn't recognize the SSD. I had AppleCare and they essentially replaced everything.
  5. Left4DeadBoy macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2015
    hi You can consult their Mac experts directly at an Apple store . I bet they can at least provide you with a timeframe in which they can install that part .
  6. kiwipeso1 Suspended


    Sep 17, 2001
    Wellington, New Zealand
    I would suggest that rather than checking the hardware based on an unsure apple store person, that you get a 8GB usb drive, download the MacOS system to the other mac, then create an install disk.
    You can then boot from this disk on your MBA by holding the option key at startup, then select that disk.
    This should then let you wipe and reinstall the system.

    If this process does not work, then your hardware maybe stuffed, but I find it unlikely that a 2013 MBA is dead yet.
    (I have one which is on basically all the time and is going to my fiancee after I get the next MBP.)
  7. filmak macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2012
    between earth and heaven
    A very good advice, recommended.

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