Mystery Fix! (solve...) few weeks after warranty expires, wont turn on. but...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bwolla, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. bwolla macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    This is a strange one. I've had my macbook pro since late 2010, one month out of the extended apple care and boom... wont turn on. Seems a bit like a ticking time bomb, no?

    Paranoia around planned obsolescence aside, something strange happened. My symptoms were hinting towards a logic board problem (battery charging ok, indicator turning orange when charging, only turning green when fully charged of doing SMC reset) still in any case never powering on, plugged into the mains or not.

    Being out of warranty, I decided to open up my machine and take a look for myself. Sure enough, a capacitor or something had blown, taking a few things around it out too - see these pics:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/104816644@N07/

    That whole area appears to control the battery interface with the logic board, so situation seemed a no go without a new board or some annoying soldering. (Anyone happen to know what capacitor this is supposed to be? incase I do have to repair?)

    HOWEVER, I put my case back on, turned the machine over, opened the lid and it just... turned on. Like it was waking from hibernation.

    What did I do? nothing. Unplugged the keyboard connector and put it back. blew away a little dust. You see from the pictures that this is a real hardware issue... so how on earth does it manage to turn on now!? :confused:
     
  2. ano0oj macrumors 6502

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    Same thing happened to me...my mbp started crashing pretty often after applecare expired. turned out to be the logic board, and I dont know how but I got on their good side and they replaced the logic board for free after seeing I've never used applecare before
     
  3. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    If there is a hardware issue, it may not start up again :eek: so ...
    Backup now while it is running!
    Take it into Apple or a verified repair shop and have it checked out.
    Sounds like a good opportunity to buy a new MBP, new models should be released soon, :cool:
     
  4. bwolla thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well it is starting up and shutting down fine... how can this be!? i mean look at the pic! It's fried.

    Anyone know where I can get the schematic of the logic board so I can identify the component that has blown?
     

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