Possible fix for Mid 2010 MacBook Pro with NVIDIA GT 330M?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Liquidhax, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. Liquidhax macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2014

    I was recently challenged to fix this laptop and from the limited amount that I have read online, this appears to be a common issue with this gpu. I could be wrong, but this sounds like an overheating issue. It appeared to be the case with this macbook that I just "fixed" anyway.

    What I did:
    Completely took apart the macbook pro, removed the old thermal compound on the cpu/intel gpu and nvidia gpu. Applied heat with a utility lighter for 10 minutes each on the cpu/gpu combo and nvidia gpu.

    Reapplied thermal compound

    Put together MBP

    Applied thermal pads underneath the ram modules on the logic board.

    I've had the MBP on for 9 hours straight so far with no issues. I have tried YouTube, DVD Playback, xCode, and basically anything that comes with Yosemite stock. I am about to download steam and try to push it with games, but I am fairly optimistic that this shouldn't be a problem. My friend told me that it wouldn't even last an hour before shutting down on him. In fact, I am starting this thread right from this very macbook.

    Here is how the thermal pads look applied to the logic board:

    Anything else I should test that I might possibly be missing? This is a pretty nice machine...considering the fact that I got it for free.

    Also, I apologize if this is the wrong section for this.

  2. Liquidhax, Mar 12, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2015

    Liquidhax thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2014
    Another quick update, I just played Portal 2 for about an hour and FEZ for about 25 minutes and so far so good. Will do some more tests tomorrow, but a positive day 1 so far.

    Still running with graphic switching disabled and exclusively on the nvidia 330M
  3. dsipal macrumors newbie


    Oct 12, 2015
    Hey, I have this issue as well and have ordered some arctic compound to attempt your fix. When you applied the heat with the utility lighter was it the torch kind and was the purpose to reflow the board? I'm nervous about this step as my laptop works when I am using gfxcardstatus, and it is my main workstation. Also is this fix still working for you? Thank you.


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