Should i fix my 2009 macbook pro ?

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  1. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I have a 2009 mac book pro. It keeps freezing a lot with a fresh Yosemite install. It seems like the motherboard is going bad as well. I just updated it 8 gigs of ram and a SSD hard drive and also I see the battery is going bad. I don't have much money to get a new one I would like to get it fixed or either trade it in and maybe apply that money to a older mac pro. I just don't want to sit and lose the money for the machine all together.

    help ?
     
  2. bob616 macrumors 6502

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    Try reseting your NVRAM https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063 and the SMC https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295

    Also try reinstalling Mac OS X and don't restore from a backup
     
  3. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    What makes you say that? Motherboards don't really go bad like batteries do.
     
  4. gdeusthewhizkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    when it had a os on it. it would freeze a lot. and were talking a brand new SSD.
     
  5. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    That sounds more like a symptom of your hard drive cable being messed up, which is a somewhat common issue with the cMBP.
     
  6. gdeusthewhizkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    is it a easy fix?
     
  7. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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  8. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    It's pretty easy, just open the bottom case, remove your SSD and then disconnect the cable at the motherboard end. Then after that there's just a couple of screws securing the drive cable.
     
  9. gdeusthewhizkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    oh ok sounds easy enough. where do I get that cable from ? and is this computer even worth keeping...
     
  10. CoastalOR, Sep 1, 2015
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    CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    See my post #7. The instruction link also had a "Relevant Parts" link which had the cable available for purchase.

    Here is a search which also has links:
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=MacBook+Pro+13+Unibody+(Mid+2009/Mid+2010)+Hard+Drive+Cable&t=osx&ia=products

    I have also had good luck with Powerbookmedic parts:
    http://www.powerbookmedic.com/Hard-Drive-Cable-w--IR-Sensor-for-MacBook-Pro-13-Unibody-p-17336.html

    Your call if your MBP is valuable to you.
     

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