mid-2007 -> mid-2009 MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by 128keaton, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. 128keaton macrumors 68020

    128keaton

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    Hello folks. I know its not a shiny, new retina, but at least I'm not here to complain about minor issues on my $1300 toy. Lets begin. I bought a Black MacBook for the purposes of this conversion from a fellow forum member, SkippyThorrsen. Its a mid 2007 in decent shape, it was missing a foot and had an aftermarket battery with a (glossy?!?!) finish.


    Then, I traded a mid-2008 MBP (unibody) for a battered-to-hell mid-2009 MacBook that suffered the worst of the case cracking.

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    This was a great deal, since I'd need to swap most of the internal cables for the snap-ins VS the ZIF connectors on the 1,1/2,1 MBs

    Lastly, I bought a $4, grade b bottom pan designed for an early 08 MacBook for optimal compatibility.

    The teardown begins:

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    ODD Removed:
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    Removed extraneous mounting holes:
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    Comparing spaces:

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    Logic Board in:

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    And tamped down:

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    Successful boot :):

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    Ish.


    Well, I ended up breaking the inverter cable, and I forgot to repaste the CPU/GPU. When I take it apart again for the new cable, I'll use some new paste.

    Thanks for reading!

    Full album:
    http://imgur.com/a/ZAcHN

    Original Instructions:
    https://www.thinkclassic.org/viewtopic.php?id=286
     
  2. adam9c1 macrumors 68000

    adam9c1

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    My brother had one of those black MacBooks.
    I loved that look.

    On my 2009 I ended up replacing the lcd frame only. Made a huge improvement imho the white surround was distracting.

    Good job!
     
  3. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

    128keaton

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    I've wanted one for years. But by the time they got cheap enough, they weren't supported and were really lagging in regards to hardware
     
  4. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816

    gavinstubbs09

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    Excellent deal Keaton! Glad that mid-09 MB worked out for you, you finally accomplished a project I've always wanted to do! Congrats :)
     
  5. thescotsman4 macrumors member

    thescotsman4

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    Congratulations on the conversion! I used the same link to give a BlackBook new life as well. It runs great and serves as my video and music player. I have it dual booting Snow Leopard and El Capitan on a 120 GB SSD. It's a cool machine for sure.
     

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