needed: Heart Transplant

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Devian, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. Devian macrumors newbie

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    So I have a 1st gen. Macbook Pro and the vid card is going out. From what I've learned I need to replace the motherboard (A1211). How hard is this to do. Am I going to kill my comp? Advice welcome.
     
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  3. drewsof07 macrumors 68000

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    It will probably be more cost effective to sell your old computer for parts and buy a new one.
     
  4. dittman macrumors member

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    I have an A1212 that started having graphics problems. I tried a few things to fix it but came to the conclusion that the motherboard would have to be replaced.

    As drewsof07 pointed out, it just wasn't cost effective so I bought a new Late 2011 MBP.

    Besides, I had wanted to upgrade for a while and until my old one started to fail I just didn't want to spend the money.

    BTW, the A1211 isn't the 1st. gen. The first gen. was the A1150 and it had a Core Duo instead of a Core 2 Duo.
     
  5. Devian thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK. So I understand that this isn't cost effective if I get a new board. On ebay you can find one for between $35 to $400. I'm hoping I can get a used one to make it last another 6 months to a year while I save up for a new one. I don't have the money for a new mac right now. My question is, is this an easy replacement to do? Am I wasting my time?
     
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Easy is relative. You'd need to re-do the whole thermal paste job and disconnect a boatload of stuff. Check the guides on ifixit.com, it'll give you an idea.
     
  7. dittman macrumors member

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    I took mine apart to replace the thermal paste first to see if that would fix the problem. It's not difficult, but it does take a while.

    You might check to see if your MBP qualifies for a flat rate repair.
     
  8. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    You basically have to completely disassemble your MBP and reassemble it, as well as reapplying the thermal paste. It's a lot of small screws to keep track of.
     
  9. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    If you've never taken apart a computer, don't do it.
     
  10. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    Lol. I totally thought this was going to be for a real heart transplant, albeit strange. I was going to say that you should ask UNOS for that.
     

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