Using Macboork Pro Logic/Motherboard by itself

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  1. celo48 macrumors 6502a

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    Can you use the board by itself just connected to power and to a monitor?

    I mean buying the board on Ebay as a part and use it just the way it is after adding memory and hard drive of course.

    *Edit: MACBOOK, not Macboork! Stupid typo:)
     
  2. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

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    Apple’s laptop boards are programmed to run at half speed if it doesn’t detect a working battery. This is because at max load many Apple laptops use more power than the wall power adapter can supply by itself.
     
  3. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    I thought the half speed thing was only the pro models?

    But I do know some windows laptops do this too!
     
  4. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

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    The MacBook Amateur models drop to quarter speed on battery. Gotta give MacBook Pro owners a reason to call their laptops “Pro”. :)

    Oh yeah, “/s”. Just in case.
     
  5. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    I cannot notice a speed difference in my 2010 macbook on mains or battery really.

    my 17" 2007 macbook pro was really slow without a battery that's for sure!
     
  6. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

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    You won’t notice a difference in plugged in speeds unless you disconnect the battery from the main board.
     
  7. Hater macrumors 6502a

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    Probably, but Apple sell a much neater solution already in a little case, it's called a Mac Mini.
     
  8. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    when bought my 17" pro it had not battery. I bought a genuine apple one which swelled and split open. now have a compatible one.
    but other week laptop developed problem think GPU failed. get chime on boot nothing on screen or external screen.
    no backlight on internal screen either.
     
  9. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    Which Macbook Pro do you have? I believe the mid-2010 with an nVidia 330 GPU had a capacitor problem and the early/late 2011 models with the AMD GPU had an actual problem with the GPU itself.

    I had a a mid-2010 15" i5 and replacing the defective capacitor was cheap. Replacing the failed GPU in my late 2011 15" was not.
     
  10. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    my pro is old 2007 model running el capitan.
    Has santa rosa chip in it
     
  11. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    My friend had a 2007 or 2008, can't remember which and his also suffered from GPU problems. When it failed, he had a repair shop re-ball it for him. It worked perfect for 6 months and failed again. By the time it failed, he had a 15" 2009.
     
  12. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    yeah not worth it so removing good bits, ram/hdd/etc then ebay it for spares as good screen, keyboard and casings.
     
  13. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

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    That would be the early 2008 Radeon issues. The late 2008 model had a different Radeon chip that didn't have this problem.
     
  14. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Except both have nVidia chips.

    The 8600GT and 9600GT to be exact. The 8600GT's were faulty from the factory.
     
  15. jerryk macrumors 601

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    Why bother? Just get a cheap windows laptop or deskside and create a hackintosh. Attach whatever keyboard, mouse, and monitor you have lying around. See https://www.tonymacx86.com/ for suggested configurations and options at various price points.
     
  16. elf69 macrumors 68020

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    I got 2007 santa rosa 17" with the duff card.
     
  17. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

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    I thought the 8600/9600 were Radeon models. Apologies. My late 2008 15" MBP with the 9600M is still going strong. It was the 8600 that had the build problems that caused the GPU to fail.
     

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