MBP 13" Reflow?

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  1. SweeneyD24 macrumors regular

    SweeneyD24

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    Anyone has ever performed a reflow on a Macbook Pro 13" Mid 2009?

    My MBP won't start. I only get a black screen, the sleep indicator flashing and the fan running.

    I contacted a local store and told them everything. They told me that they had a similar case once and solved the problem by performing a reflow on the logic board. Total cost ~$800 (25,000 Mauritian Rupees) :eek:

    Would a reflow fix this problem? Is a reflow the solution to this problem?

    Is there anything i can do myself to solve this?
     
  2. Doward macrumors 6502a

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    Holy crap that is insane. I charge $65-$130 for a reflow.

    Can't say for certain that a reflow will or will not fix the problem - for $800, I'd just buy a newer (used) Macbook Pro or simply source a new logic board from ebay.
     
  3. SweeneyD24 thread starter macrumors regular

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    First of all, thnx for the reply.

    Yeah i know. I'm quite disapointed as i don't have anywhere else to go. I can't pay $800 for a reflow. Might as well buy a new one but i just upgraded my 160G HDD to a 500G.

    Is there a simple and easy way i can perform a reflow at home?
     
  4. nickandre21 macrumors 6502a

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    800$ will get you a brand new board or maybe lesser. There are some youtube videos for the failing 8600gt mainboards check them out.
     
  5. SweeneyD24 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes. Definitely lesser. I viewed a couple of them, but i'm still hesitant about sticking it into an oven. It involves stripping down the entire board. To be honest, i'm scared as hell to do this.

    Guess i came here to be reassured.

    Anyway, thnx for the reply.
     
  6. nickandre21 macrumors 6502a

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    well you can ask them for a flat rate repair should be around 300$ that will fix anything that needs to be replaced provided theres no damages on it.
     
  7. SweeneyD24 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I didn't know about the flat rate repair. FYI, we don't have an Apple Store here, there's only an Apple Premium Reseller store which advertise themselves as "The only exclusively Mac IT specialist in the geographic region." I'm not sure that they'll offer the flat rate repair service.

    Thnx for the tips.
     
  8. 1Sail0r macrumors member

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    Can't you call Apple and mail it in?
     
  9. SweeneyD24 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I guess i can but i wouldn't give too much hope on that. I'll try and call them anyway.

    Thnx for the help.
     
  10. johnnnw macrumors 65816

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    Who ever is charging $800 for a reflow should be slapped on the spot.

    Not really... but something to make them realize how ridiculous that is.
     
  11. SweeneyD24 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's exactly what i thought. I guess being the only ones with expertise (and adequate equipment), they can charge whatever they want. That's sad. :(

    Anyone knows how much do Apple usually charge for a reflow/repair?
     
  12. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    Apple does not do reflows or repairs of system boards... they simply throw parts at it (replace them).
     
  13. SweeneyD24 thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK, so in my case, if the board is actually faulty, they would simply replace it and charge for the new board?!

    Thnx for posting.
     
  14. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    Yup
     
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