MacBook Motherboard Repair: A DIY Guide
The motherboard is the main chipboard and its basically the brain of our computer. It’s responsible for making sure all the other inner-workings of your Mac connect and run smoothly. With a broken or dysfunctional motherboard, your laptop is essentially inoperative. When you’re in need of a MacBook motherboard repair, keep these tips from Computer Trouble-shooters in mind.
There is a limited list of things that usually need to be fixed or substituted, and you can perhaps do the work yourself. Your battery will fail. Your hard drive will sputter and die. Your RAM (random access memory) will clip under the higher workload of the new software. Save yourself a trip to Apple Store and several hundred dollars with the help of this handy guide.
Do you need a MacBook motherboard repair?
To determine if your motherboard, commonly referred to as a “logic board”, is the root of your MacBook issues see these common symptoms:
- Lines running across the screen
- A permanent white, grey, or blank screen
- Failure to recognize connected devices
- The overall loss of basic functions (audio, rebooting, etc.)
- Thermal compound
- torx °6 screwdriver
- Aluminum foil
- Small Philips screwdriver
All MacBook are repairing starts at the same place: the bottom part of the case. Be sure your working area is clear, and flip the device over so that you’re staring at the bottom.
A MacBook’s hard drive has a limited lifetime. But if you can go with a screwdriver, you can switch a hard drive.
1. Disassemble the screws between the hard drive:
The hard drive placed in the bottom corner of the CPU to the left of the battery and just below the optical drive. It normally has a white sticker and the letters GigaByte on it somewhere. Detach the all screws holding it in place and remove them, pulling the black bar immediately beneath them out too.
2. Unplug the hard drive:
The hard drive will be connected to the computer with a ribbon that has a large plug on the end. Gently pull that out of the hard drive. The final step is to take out the 4 Torx rivets on either side of the drive.
3. Prep new drive:
Drop SSD drive into place, securing with adhesive if necessary, and install the Torx screws on the new drive. Lastly, plug the level tie into the new drive, return the black partition bar to its place and you’re ready to boot up!
4. Partition new drive:
After setting all thing back on place together, boot your laptop. OS x will ask which hard drive you want to install the OS, and you’ll notice that your new SSD drive is not an option. That’s because you’ll need to partition it using the Disk Utility. You can find the Disk Utility under Utilities on the top menu bar.
All the parts on the machine, the battery is unquestionably one with a lifecycle, so now it’s a big discomfort when it comes time to replace the thing
Purchase a new battery. Double check that the battery you buy is suitable with your machine, as they’re all a little bit dissimilar.
1. Unscrew the two screws on the inside edge of the battery:
You’ll need a special tri-wing Y1 screwdriver.
2. Use your fingernail or a piece of plastic to unplug the battery from the motherboard.
Be cautious not to interrupt the two chips to the right of the plug. Plug the new battery in and secure it to the machine with the two screws you pulled out
As software gets better and you get busier, you start hogging the computer’s RAM more and more. Fortunately, it’s an insanely easy and satisfying upgrade to get back up to speed. That is, assuming you didn’t max out the RAM on your machine when you bought it, in which case, you’ll need to buy a new computer.
The RAM slots are located just above the black battery, and the sticks themselves are just a little bit shorter and fatter than a stick of gum.
1. Remove the old RAM:
If both slots are full, you’ll need to take out the old RAM in order to install the new one. Just find the plastic tabs holding the top stick in on each side and pull those back. Now pull back on the RAM stick so that it just comes out of the slot, and lift up on the back to pull it out of the bay
2. Install the new RAM:
Just do the reverse of what you just did. Push the uncovered end into the slot, and push it down until it snaps into place.
Motherboard replacements can often be complicated and overwhelming. For professional MacBook motherboard repair services, contact the experts at Computer Trouble-shooters. Find the closest location here to restore your Mac.
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