Introduzione

Use this guide to replace your bare logic board. This requires removal of every component attached to the logic board.

  1. Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:
    • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Three 13.5 mm (14.1 mm) Phillips screws.

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • When removing these screws, note how they come out at a slight angle. They must be reinstalled the same way.

  2. Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.
    • Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.

    • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

  3. Remove the two 7.4 mm Tri-point screws securing the battery to the upper case.
    • Remove the two 7.4 mm Tri-point screws securing the battery to the upper case.

    • Note: For certain repairs (e.g. hard drive), removing the battery is not necessary but it prevents any accidental shorting of electronics on the motherboard. If you do not remove the battery, please be careful as parts of the motherboard might be electrified.

    • You do not necessarily have to follow steps 3-6 to remove the battery in order to replace the hard drive. However it is recommended to remove all power sources from electronics before working on them.

  4. Use the tip of your finger to carefully peel back the corner of the warning label to reveal a hidden Tri-point screw.
    • Use the tip of your finger to carefully peel back the corner of the warning label to reveal a hidden Tri-point screw.

    • Remove the last 7.4 mm Tri-point screw securing the battery to the upper case.

  5. Lift the battery by its plastic pull tab and slide it away from the long edge of the upper case. Do not try to completely remove the battery just yet.
    • Lift the battery by its plastic pull tab and slide it away from the long edge of the upper case.

    • Do not try to completely remove the battery just yet.

  6. Tilt the battery away from the logic board enough to access the battery cable connector.
    • Tilt the battery away from the logic board enough to access the battery cable connector.

    • Pull the battery cable connector away from its socket on the logic board and remove the battery from the upper case.

    • Pull the battery cable connector away from the center of the logic board.

    • If you're installing a new battery, you should calibrate it after installation:

    • Charge it to 100%, and then keep charging it for at least 2 more hours. Next, unplug and use it normally to drain the battery. When you see the low battery warning, save your work, and keep your laptop on until it goes to sleep due to low battery. Wait at least 5 hours, then charge your laptop uninterrupted to 100%.

    • If you notice any unusual behavior or problems after installing your new battery, you may need to reset your MacBook's SMC.

  7. Remove the three 3.4 mm T6 Torx screws securing the left fan to the logic board.
    • Remove the three 3.4 mm T6 Torx screws securing the left fan to the logic board.

    • In some models, these T6 Torx screws may be 3.1 mm long.

  8. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the left fan connector from the logic board. It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector. The fan socket and the fan connector can be seen in the second and third pictures. Be careful not to break the plastic fan socket off the logic board as you use your spudger to lift the fan connector straight up and out of its socket. The layout of the logic board shown in the second picture may look slightly different than your machine but the fan socket is the same.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the left fan connector from the logic board.

    • It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector.

    • The fan socket and the fan connector can be seen in the second and third pictures. Be careful not to break the plastic fan socket off the logic board as you use your spudger to lift the fan connector straight up and out of its socket. The layout of the logic board shown in the second picture may look slightly different than your machine but the fan socket is the same.

  9. Lift the left fan out of the upper case.
    • Lift the left fan out of the upper case.

  10. Remove the three T6 Torx screws securing the right fan to the upper case.
    • Remove the three T6 Torx screws securing the right fan to the upper case.

  11. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right fan connector up out of its socket on the logic board. It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right fan connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector.

    • Remove the right fan from the upper case.

  12. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort / Bluetooth ribbon cable up off its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort / Bluetooth ribbon cable up off its socket on the logic board.

    • Fold the AirPort / Bluetooth ribbon cable back to keep it out of the way of the logic board.

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  14. Disconnect the iSight cable by pulling its connector toward the optical drive opening.
    • Disconnect the iSight cable by pulling its connector toward the optical drive opening.

  15. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive cable connector up from the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive cable connector up from the logic board.

    • Fold the optical drive cable back to keep it out of the way of the logic board.

  16. Carefully pull the subwoofer/right speaker cable up to lift its connector out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Carefully pull the subwoofer/right speaker cable up to lift its connector out of its socket on the logic board.

  17. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive cable connector up out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the hard drive cable connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

  18. Remove the two short Phillips screws securing the small EMI shield to the logic board. Remove the EMI shield from the logic board.
    • Remove the two short Phillips screws securing the small EMI shield to the logic board.

    • Remove the EMI shield from the logic board.

  19. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the trackpad cable connector up out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the trackpad cable connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

  20. Use your fingernail to carefully flip up the keyboard ribbon cable retaining flap. Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, not the socket itself.
    • Use your fingernail to carefully flip up the keyboard ribbon cable retaining flap.

    • Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Use the tip of a spudger to pull the keyboard ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

  21. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the battery indicator cable connector up out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the battery indicator cable connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

  22. Grab the plastic pull tab secured to the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer. Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket. Do not pull the cable upward, as the socket is very fragile. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board toward the corner of the upper case.
    • Grab the plastic pull tab secured to the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer.

    • Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket.

    • Do not pull the cable upward, as the socket is very fragile. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board toward the corner of the upper case.

  23. Use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard backlight ribbon cable socket. Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, not the socket itself.
    • Use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard backlight ribbon cable socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the keyboard ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

  24. Remove the following screws:
    • Remove the following screws:

    • Seven 3.3 mm T6 Torx screws securing the logic board to the upper case.

    • Two 8 mm T6 Torx screws securing the DC-In board to the upper case.

    • Do not remove the logic board yet! There are components on the underside of the logic board attached to the the upper case that must first be disconnected.

  25. Carefully lift the logic board assembly from the left side and work it out of the upper case, minding the port side that may get caught during removal.
    • Carefully lift the logic board assembly from the left side and work it out of the upper case, minding the port side that may get caught during removal.

    • Do not entirely remove the logic board yet!

  26. Lift the logic board enough to gain clearance and use a spudger to pry the microphone up off the upper case.
    • Lift the logic board enough to gain clearance and use a spudger to pry the microphone up off the upper case.

  27. Slide the logic board away from the port openings and lift the assembly out of the upper case.
    • Slide the logic board away from the port openings and lift the assembly out of the upper case.

    • Before reinstalling the logic board, it is easiest to press the microphone down into its housing in the left speaker to keep it in place.

    • To avoid ESD damage, be sure to lay your logic board on a soft, static free surface during service.

  28. Lay the logic board down on a soft flat surface with the heat sink facing up.
    • Lay the logic board down on a soft flat surface with the heat sink facing up.

    • Remove the six T6 Torx screws securing the heat sink to the logic board.

    • Keep track of the small springs housed under each screw.

  29. Remove the heat sink from the logic board.
    • Remove the heat sink from the logic board.

    • If the heat sink appears to be stuck to the logic board after removing all six screws, it may be helpful to use a spudger to separate the two components.

    • If you need to mount the heat sink back onto the logic board, we have a thermal paste guide that makes replacing the thermal compound easy.

  30. If necessary, lift the microphone out of its recess in the left speaker housing.
    • If necessary, lift the microphone out of its recess in the left speaker housing.

  31. Remove the two 5 mm Phillips screws securing the left speaker to the logic board.
    • Remove the two 5 mm Phillips screws securing the left speaker to the logic board.

  32. If present, remove the small strip of black tape covering the left speaker connector.
    • If present, remove the small strip of black tape covering the left speaker connector.

    • Carefully pull the left speaker wires upward to lift the left speaker connector out of its socket on the logic board.

  33. Carefully pull the microphone cables upward to lift the microphone connector out of its socket on the logic board.
    • Carefully pull the microphone cables upward to lift the microphone connector out of its socket on the logic board.

  34. Pull the DC-In board cables toward the heat sink to disconnect the DC-In board from its socket on the logic board.
    • Pull the DC-In board cables toward the heat sink to disconnect the DC-In board from its socket on the logic board.

    • Pull the cables parallel to the face of the logic board.

  35. Release the tabs on each side of the RAM chip by simultaneously pushing each tab away from the RAM. These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.
    • Release the tabs on each side of the RAM chip by simultaneously pushing each tab away from the RAM.

    • These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.

    • After the RAM chip has popped up, pull it straight out of its socket.

    • Repeat this process if a second RAM chip is installed.

    • Logic board remains.

    • If you need to mount the heat sink back onto the logic board, we have a thermal paste guide that makes replacing the thermal compound easy.

Conclusione

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Hallo ifix,

I have a Macbook pro 15´ unibody mid 2010, i7, 2,66 Ghz,

but i cant find the exact same logic board, i found a Macbook pro 15´ unibody mid 2010, i5, 2,66 Ghz, can i use that one, or is there a difference between the i7 and i5 logic board? Thanks in advance.

Zen Khalil - Replica

Did you ever get a response regarding this?

Elle Snickens -

As long as the logic board is from a 15” mid 2010 it will fit

Robbe -

Great guide, thank you! Steps 9 and 10 are reversed order.

Kinny - Replica

I have a 2010 white macbook that I haven't been using in about 6 months. Can I use the logic board in that macbook and install it in a 2012 macbook pro?

Lesego Madisa - Replica

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