Never, ever offer to fix someone's MBP!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Marty62, May 13, 2014.

  1. Marty62 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    Berlin formerly London
    Well ... I did, it's a 2008 C2D 2.16 MBP, very similar to my last one.

    Story was, won't boot suddenly, no damage and been sitting around for a year.

    So over it comes :

    Keyboard / whole top is loose and disconnected from the lower case !

    DVD bay removed !

    HDD not screwed in, just "flapping around" in it's bay !

    Well .. at least my initial "access" was quicker :)

    Wouldn't boot, did all the obvious stuff managed to get a "chime" once but that's
    as far as we got.

    Wouldn't boot from an external or a spare HDD with system ( 10.6.8 ) as it's a
    10.6.x Mac.

    Could see his internal HDD on my MBP so data is there and the drive "worked"

    I suspect that the Logic board or cables have issues, NOT surprised as it was carried
    over to me with the bloody HDD flapping around in it's bay and those internal
    cables are not the sturdiest things !!

    Oh well I tried .... but won't be doing that again in a hurry !!

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    At the point of seeing how things were flapping around, I'd give it back to the person and tell him/her that its too poor of condition to do anything
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    2008? C2D? Won't boot?

    Quick fix: new logic board, I'm 99% sure his/her GPU fried.
  4. Marty62 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    Berlin formerly London
    Almost did that ! ... but he's a "Pal" so I mentioned the "condition" and did my
    best !!

    He's off to a pro repair shop with it, just to see what they say & how much €'s

  5. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2011
    Not what I would call a "quick" fix :D. You're suggesting to replace the whole guts, a single part but the most expensive one of the machine.
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Well, the swap itself is pretty quick, and is the only thing that'll bring it back from the dead.

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