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MacBook 13" (A1181)

Submitted By: powerbookmedic
Approved On: 9/10/09
Description: This is a take-apart video for the original 13" MacBook.
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Comments (627):

Powerbook Medic
3 months ago
@eric - it could be the backlight, the inverter cable, or the inverter board. Make sure the cable two wire cable from the LCD is plugged into the inverter board correctly.
eric
3 months ago
It worked. I got it to turn on but the the lcd doesnt light up(although you can see applications on the screen) is it the backlight now?
Powerbook Medic
3 months ago
@eric - it sounds like you bought a complete display. The cables have changed a bit between the years, so it is normally suggested to just replace the LCD itself and use all the same cables. Since you are wanting to do a color switch, it may be tricky, but you should be able to move the inverter board and cables from your original display and just use the black casing and the LCD.
eric
3 months ago
the screen broke on my white macbook so i bought a black one (to start a color swap) but a few of the wires were different the inverter cable and the airport card. so i switched them with the old ones but the screen stays black on startup(chimes and blinks) How can i fix this? (i basically just switched LCD screens) Are they incompatible? Do the inverter switches only go to thier own inverter board? THANKS IN ADVANCE!
Esmael
5 months ago
Great instruction videos. I'm glad I found this site.Thanks guys.
Todd Hamilton
7 months ago
Bought an optical drive and it installed just fine. When I inserted the disc it, the unit did not take the disk in like normal and never read the disc. I was able to get the unit to eject it. Does this sound like I installed it incorrectly or that something else is going on?..Thank you.
LEBOB
7 months ago
I have a late 2007 macbook(a1181), i was wondering if i can swap out just the logic board from a 2009 macbook(a1181)?
Mark
8 months ago
Hi , I used to have a 2.4ghz motherboard with water damage! It was dead and i ordered a 2.0ghz motherboard , almost the same layout EXCEPT the fan , its a different connection! Rewire or a new fan?
Marieu
8 months ago
hello please, can you help? my macbook tells me, when i connect the charger "not charging" when I connect it to electricity without battery does not work, and off if it loads but slower than it should. Right now I have no option to try another charger, and I do not know if it's the charger or laptop. A hardware test Detects This Type of Problem with the motherboard? you know If This behavior can be the charger or laptop? . tells me the battery is fine. I reinstalled the original software. hardware test does not give me any kind of error. I tried resetting the SMC per Apple's instructions. can you help me? thanks
Ronald Long
9 months ago
Bought an optical drive and it installed just fine. When I inserted the disc it made more noises than we're used to and never read the disc. Now it won't eject it either. Not even with the restart/mouse button trick. Does this sound like I installed it incorrectly or that something else is going on?
smko
11 months ago
Hi i have mac 13"A1181 .I want to replace the ram and hard drive but I'm not sure what kind and how many GB can supported by my mac ? please help me to find out.
Mike (again)
11 months ago
ps: sometimes half the screen is upside down. Does this suggest a problem with the inverter cable?
Mike
11 months ago
My screen flickers & freezes on occation, often fading to white in the process. It improves when I adjust/twist the display slightly at the hinges. I replaced the 13" MacBook LVDS Cable Display Cable, but it's still afflicted. Other likey culprit(s)?
Melssa Walker
11 months ago
My computer is the 13 inch MacBook Mid 2009. I need to reset my password cause right now I am locked out of my computer It gives me the hint but I still can't get it
Powerbook Medic
11 months ago
@Sam - I would speak to our customer support department. It is possible but unlikely the drive is faulty. You may want to check the optical drive cable is plugged in all the way and there is no tears or damage.
Sam
11 months ago
Important question here: I actually just bought a combo drive from Powerbook Medic for my mid-2007 black macbook. I installed the drive and everything went perfectly, except for the fact that the drive won't read CD's. It accepts discs just fine, spins and then doesn't actually read the disc. Is there some sort of procedure I need to do in the OS to get it to recognize the newly installed component or did I just receive a faulty drive?
Powerbook Medic
11 months ago
@Erik - you may want to check the top case cable that connects to the logic board. Perhaps just your power button is not sending the signal to turn on. Otherwise it is most likely the logic board.
Erik
11 months ago
I have an 2007 A1181 that will not power on; it will charge the battery however. I've tried reset of the PRAM, tried all the hold power button tricks. I never get any beeps, lights, etc. If i have a usb drive in the usb port, occasionally i'll see the light on the usb thumb drive light up for a sec while trying to power it up. Ideas? and Thanks!
Powerbook Medic
11 months ago
@Diana - you can see what color light you have on your power adapter with the battery in and out. If it is off you should check your power adapter before anything else. If it is showing green, it could be the top case has become disconnected but is most likely a logic board issue.
Diana
11 months ago
I have a black macbook (early 2007), it was working fine earlier this morning. But now it won't turn on at all. What do you suggest I should do? Is it something wrong with my logic board or my top case? I tried taking out the battery and putting it back in, still doesn't turn on.
Powerbook Medic
11 months ago
@Monica - If you can count the exact number of beeps and if they are long or short, Apple has a list of what each beep error code is. Generally though, anything more than 3 beeps is going to be a logic board failure. I would guess your GPU (graphics chip) overheated and died. You may want to send the computer to us to take a look at and fix the board.
Monica
11 months ago
My MacBook randomly crashed one day in the middle of a video on youtube, it had a black screen with a lot of random numbers and letters that blinked for a second then went black, when I try to turn it back on it makes a loud beep that repeats about 6-7 times then shuts itself of reboots and starts all over, ive taken the battery out to let it cool, any other possible ideas to help?
Powerbook Medic
11 months ago
@Mark - for a hardware issue, that would most likely be an issue with the top case with keyboard.
Mark Venz
13 months ago
Hi PBM! Thank you for the response to my problem, After doing a lot of research online with the same problem that i have, ive found same problem in different forums and posts, after doing some test on my own and confirming the real problem, some suggested that it might be a hardware problem.. so right now im pretty convinced that it is,.. but my question is if this is a hardware problem/damage, what hardware will it be?or what hardware is associated with the keyboard/track that i need to replace.change? please help me PMB , please help me know what hardware it is i should replace and if so, please let me know if this hardware is available on your list so i could order, Im hoping for your response, Thank you so much PBM!!
Nashriq Asyraf
13 months ago
how to jump start on MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009) ?
Powerbook Medic
13 months ago
@Mark - it resets all of the saved hardware settings like brightness, volume, and several other things. It won't affect any of your software settings.
Mark Venz
13 months ago
Thanks for the reply PBM! If I may ask what does PRAM reset do? Thanks again! more power!
Powerbook Medic
13 months ago
@Mark - that's a pretty weird issue. You may want to do a PRAM reset by holding down apple-option-P-R on power up
Mark Venz
13 months ago
Macbook Keyboard Problem "H" key turned to OPTION/ALT Function - Hi PBM, I need your help...PLEASE.... I have a Macbook A1181 (early 2009) model.. this has been a problem with the keys months ago, i dont know what happened. The "H" key turned to ALT/OPTION function.. I dont know how to fix it.. I tried to check and modify keys in >>Hardware>>Keyboard & Mouse....but seems like there's no problem in there but still the key problem occurs.. "H" key turned to "OPTION/ALT" Function.. Right now i can only use the "H" key by copying and pasting it, because right now it functions like this - for lower key function - "˙" , and for upper case key  "Ó" it seems like it is having an ALT/OPTION function... How can I fix this problem?? please help me.... Will wait then for any help.. Thank you in Advance!!
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Debra - if it is for sure a good battery, the only things left is the battery cable or the logic board. I'd take a look at the battery cable first.
Debra
1 year ago
I just replaced my magsafe adapter and put in a new battery, but it's showing it's not charging an x in the battery icon at top of laptop and it shows no batteries available and power source battery. So what do you think is the problem?
tony d
1 year ago
my 2008 model white macbook 13.3 inch 2.1ghz processor 120gb hd 2gb ram was working fine for the last two weeks, no freeing no lagging perfect working order. Last night i turn the macbook on click on safari and the mouse began to lag, touch pad had issues with response, then the macbook shut down on its own, after countless attempts to reboot the computer would get no further than about 3 seconds into the apple logo before shutting back down again, this process went on for hours, i removed the battery held power button for 5 seconds replaced battery, safe mode, boot from install disk, reset pram, i spent countless hours looking for solutions and decided to remove the ram and hard drive, checked ram, both sticks fine, put the hard drive in another macbook, worked with no issues, ran disk utility on other macbook with hard drive everything checked out fine, i replaced the drive, same issue, now getting frustrated i bought a new hd, and new sticks of ram, tried booting from snow leopard disk, after 20 attempts the install screen showed up, picked language clicked continue, started installation, 10 mins into it, it shuts off, tried again, after 5 attempts it finally stayed on, finished install, set mac back to my personal preferences, used it all night, put it to sleep, this morning i went to turn it on back to shutting right off again at the boot screen, my only question is, logic board?
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Rob - that means it is not able to find a valid operating system. It could be a corrupt OS that needs to be reinstalled or it could be a dead hard drive. Just boot up from your OS X disc and check the drive with Disk Utility.
Rob
1 year ago
My MacBook shows a no symbol at the start up. What does that mean? What do I need to do to fix it
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@jacob - sometimes you can flip the macbook over and unscrew it from the bottom and see if they fall out. Also a good magnet can help.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Doug - if it's an A1181, you do it the normal way. If it is not, you may want to look for the appropriate take-apart video for help.
jacob
1 year ago
great video. but I am having problems removing the two longer screws on the back of my MacBook, they spin and spin. any help?
Doug
1 year ago
i have a 2009 model macbook how can i remove its battery
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@romelee - for the airport, you just won't plug in the middle antenna. The signal range may be impacted, but it'll still work great. For the hard drive, if you are wanting a larger drive, just clone your old hard drive to the new one with software like Carbon Copy Cloner and a USB external enclosure.
romelee
1 year ago
hello, PBM!!! is it possible to switch/replace the airport assembly from 3 plugs to 2 plugs??? and how to you update the HD? I put an HD to my laptop from the one with a busted board, im running on 10.5.8. i want to upgrade it to 10.6. thanks in advance.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@red - if it's just personal files (photos, music, etc), you'll need to copy it over first to an external drive. System files and applications won't work on a FAT partition.
red
1 year ago
hello, How do I format my HD from Mac OS Extended (journaled) to MS-DOS (FAT) without erasing my files?
Romelee
1 year ago
I already check it, hard drive, dvd, ram is A OK. also the screen, I'm having trouble shooting because I got 2 different board, I already dismantle the board with your help, not damage or burn. the problem now is, when I switch it on, the fan keeps on running, black screen, after 10 sec, it reboot, then fan running, no screen. it's kinda booting in a sleep mode.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Romelee - you never know with water damage until you look in and see what possibly could be damaged. Then you'll have to determine if it is feasible to repair.
Romelee
1 year ago
Hello, PBM. I've learned that the cable of my inverter has been cut, that's why there's no light on my monitor, but I already fixed it. The problem I have now is I have a wet damage laptop, do you think we can fix this?
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Davie - the video should show how to detach the display from the computer. you can also do a shortcut and just do the LCD itself by taking off the bezel, unscrewing the display and disconnecting the display cable and the inverter cable
Davie
1 year ago
I recently bought a replacement LCD screen to replace my broken one on the A1181. I followed the video above but my screen is attached to the computer so I"m unable to open the joint where it plugs into the main unit- is there a safe way to detach the whole monitor unit from the laptop?
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Dave - not much you can do unless you break the latch further so you can release it manually or damage the battery trying to pry it out.
Dave Thomas
1 year ago
My Macbook has an issue I can't figure out a solution too - the battery isn't charging but I can't get it out to replace it because the twisting catch doesn't release the locking mechanism - as far as I can tell, I can't get to the case off to check out why it's broken without getting the battery out! Any idea what I need to do?
Romelee
1 year ago
Thanks guys for the quick response. I'll try to replace it one by one.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Romelee - it can be the LCD, inverter board, or inverter cable. If the backlight gradual starting going out, it is more likely the cable getting pinched in the hinges. If it went out all the sudden, I would try the inverter board first, then the LCD.
Romelee
1 year ago
Hello, PBM. i have a busted backlight on my A1181 macbook. do i have to replace my LCD or just some cable???
Romelee
1 year ago
Hello, PBM. i have a busted backlight on my A1181 macbook. do i have to replace my LCD or just some cable???
Rita McBride
1 year ago
I just dropped my A1181 and while the display glass has not shattered the screen is showing fractures and is totally messed up. There is only one small corner of the screen that displays correctly. Is it possible from this discription for you to tell me what needs to be replaced? Please, please say yes.
mingzegao
1 year ago
Ilook it
Bryan
1 year ago
I recently bought a used internal hard drive from you guys for my Macbook and when I try to "Partition" or Erase/Format th Hard drive , a window saying "Partition Error" pops up. what do I do?!
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Alex - for the spinning circle, i would check the RAM and hard drive and make sure they are plugged in properly. it also does that when the OS has become corrupt (usually by powering down improperly) and the disk needs to have its permissions repaired through disk utility. The backlight issue may be the inverter cable.
Alex
1 year ago
I'm havin an big issue after trying to figure out why my backlight keeps shutting off. I was able to turn the backlight all the way down and turn it back up. Sometimes it would be fine after that, but still bugged me. I replaced the inverter, and no change. So I end up replacing the motherboard. Booted up and then the backlight still did the same thing. So I put the original motherboard back in now it has gone to crap. It starts up and lights up a grey screen then shuts the backlight off in about 1-2seconds. But if u use a light all that is on the screen is a apple and a load circle. I leave it on and still just the apple an load circle. So just to dubble check I put the new motherboard in again and now that one is doing the apple and load circle withe the backlight off.. Any idea on what the heck is going on??
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Paddy - it is most likely a logic board issue at this point. definitely a weird case.
Paddy
1 year ago
Hi PBM. Thanks for the advice on the Reed Switch. I changed it out but had no luck. The machine still goes to sleep within seconds, but works perfectly if plugged into an external display. I have also tried reseting the VRAM and PRAM, but this hasn't helped. Any other thoughts before I throw it out the window in a fit of frustration and hulk like rage! thanks
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@dennis - it could be. That is where the connection is. You'll need to take off the top case to check if it is torn or just unplugged.
dennis
1 year ago
The IR receiver of my Macbook is no longer functioning. It is because the ribbon cable connecting the IR module was snapped when I was replacing the hard drive. my question is how to remove the IR module to change the ribbon cable with thin wires? thanks
Paddy
1 year ago
thanks, appreciate the nudge in the right direction
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Paddy - the reed switch which controls the machine going to sleep is part of the battery cable. I might would start with that.
Paddy
1 year ago
Hi PBM. I am having a huge headache with my sister's MacBook Core2 (A1811). She handed it over to me to see if I can fix the problem and I am not really having any luck. The symptoms seem like it goes into sleep mode automatically after boot (I can only see the screen for 1-2 seconds). If I press a button, it boots up then goes back into sleep (the power light pulsates slowly). If I use the VGA out via a screen, I can use it fully and everything works. I have already tried replacing the LCD cable and inverter, but no luck. I now believe it's either a magnet issue in the case, or maybe a logic board error? Does it sound like I am on the right track?
Amba
1 year ago
Thank you so much, i think i managed now, its just restoring from my old backup now.. great site great help, thank you ...
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Amba - the question mark means it can't find an operating system. the new drive will continue to have that error until you reinstall your OS onto the drive.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Bas - the fan is likely to be part of the cause, but the pop and burnt smell is usually something blowing up on the logic board. It could be on the underside. I'd most likely get it professionally diagnosed at this time.
Amba
1 year ago
Hello! my macbook had a folder with a question mark appear when i turned it on so i went ahead and got a new harddrive and replaced the old one, this did not resolve the problem and im not sure on how to proceed..
Bas
1 year ago
Hi, my macbook a1181 was very hot the last few weeks on my lap before it failed on me 2 days ago. I heard a pop and after that i smelled a very burnt scent and after that the computer stopped working. the battery cable still gives the green light but the computer does not want to start up when pressing the startup button. I think i hear a very weak sound like trying to start but it fails. After taking of the topcover i located the fan as the place where it most smells like it has been burnt, can that be the culprit? Thanks in advance from the Netherlands
Brad
1 year ago
I was trying to avoid going there. But ok
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Brad - they sell Mountain Lion in the Mac Appstore if your machine supports it.
Brad
1 year ago
Is there anywhere online I could download the os?
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Brad - you'll need an OS disc if your original drive is dead. If your model can run Mountain Lion, you can download that from another computer and create a thumbdrive install for it.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Ron - unless the replacement battery is defective, the only thing left is the logic board and battery cable, and it's most likely not the cable.
Brad
1 year ago
I've got an a1181 with the white screen on startup. I'm planning to replace my hd with a 1TB hd. I don't have the original disc that came with the computer. What will I need to make this upgrade work?
Ron
1 year ago
I was recently having a problem with my A1181 not charging from the AC Adapter. I've replaced the battery and just recently purchased (from you) and installed a MagSafe Board. The battery now reads as charging in the Power section of the "About this Mac" dropdown. The problem that I'm having now is that while it does show as charging, I've let it charge for nearly 48 hours now and it won't charge beyond 6%. I've noticed that the UPC Hardware says 'Not Installed' in the Power section and don't know if that would be a cause of the problem. Any suggestions?
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Alex - check and see if you can still see the picture after it goes black. it may just be the backlight going out. If that is the case it is usually the inverter board or cable. If it is truly black, that is usually a logic board issue.
Alex France
1 year ago
My screen goes black after turning on so I want to check the connection for the display. I have no idea where I would find that - what video should I be watching? Thanks.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Emily - just a standard #00 phillips should be fine. The other screws don't really need to be removed to get the top case off, so you can put those back in if you like. Sometimes you can apply some pressure from the front to help get the screws going.
Emily R.
1 year ago
Hey, this is the most basic of questions, but I was able to remove all screws except for the 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 9th, indicated in the video. They seem to be pretty similar in size to the others. Are they just in too tight or what size phillips head should I be using? Thanks!
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Sue - if you have an antenna problem, it should still be able to connect if you are standing right next to the wireless router. If it still won't connect, it is probably an issue with the airport card. It may just need to be reseated.
Sue
1 year ago
I dropped my computer a while ago and the wifi stopped working. I tried a pram reset and everything. before it said no airport card installed, and now it says to connect to the airport. I press turn airport on and nothing happens so I removed the airport and added it again. It still does not work. I think it may be a hardware problem. I have another laptop that doesnt work for different reasons but is the same model. I was wondering if I should replace my airport card or the antenna. Also I was wondering where the antenna is loacated. If it is in the screen I can replace the whole screen and not worry about that. Thanks for the help, just want to know what you think my problem might be, if its the antenna or the card. (BTW I dropped the macbook on the corner where the charger input is, next to the airport card, The plastic by the bottom of the screen is a little chipped, but not bad and the plastic by the charger on the main body is a little bent)
Bowen
1 year ago
EDIT I couldnt get the screw out, however, I found out that I did not need to remove this screw to do what I was doing. Thanks for the tutorial!! Great video!
Bowen
1 year ago
By the ram drive I haven't been able to get the screw on the far left out. Its a little stripped now but I dont want to wear it down any more. Do you have any tips for removing the screw or any way to work around removing that screw?
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Russ - so it is 3 total beeps? If so and reseating the RAM didn't help, one or both ram chips could be bad or your ram slots are dirty or damaged.
Russ
1 year ago
Hi, thanks for the previous tip, reset RAM to no avail . Machine continuous to make long beeping sound . Would appreciate any additional suggestion . Thank you
Russ
1 year ago
Thank you will try that
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Russ - if it beeps three times, that is a RAM issue. I'd take out the RAM chips and reseat them.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Joe - we sell the casing in the part list to the right.
Russ
1 year ago
After replacing optical drive and putting MacBook back together comp doesn't start makes beeping sound. Any ideas. Thank you
Joe
1 year ago
I'm looking to change my MacBook hard case
vina
1 year ago
The sleep light works normally - it's off when the computer is on and blinks when I shut the screen. I checked the top case connection and it was ok. The computer behaves the same with the old RAM.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@vina - check the front sleep light. if it blinks, it may be some bad ram. otherwise most likely there's an issue with the top case cable. it probably came unplugged. you'll need to take the top case off to check it out.
vina
1 year ago
Hi and thank you for excellent instruction videos! After upgrading the RAM on my Late 2007 white 2.0Ghz Macbook the keyboard and trackpad stopped working. There is no response whatsoever, no holding in of keys at startup works and neither does the Caps Lock light. I tried resetting the PRAM as well as the SMC - also to no effect. I switched back to the original RAM units but still no go. What is the next step?
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Kevin - I would check for any dirt or dust that may have gotten onto the connector on the logic board. It will have to be the top case, the cable, or the connector on the logic board.
Kevin
1 year ago
I have a 2008 Black Macbook A1181, and I recently replaced the logic board after one of the USB ports failed. However, after doing that the top case is unresponsive, with the keyboard and trackpad not working at all, and the power button works intermittently. I've visually inspected the ribbon cable and it looks fine, and everything else works on the computer (I checked other things using an external mouse and keyboard). What do you think could be causing this problem?
Norm
1 year ago
Very straight forward and easy to follow. Was able to follow steps for disassembly and remove optical drive which had a CD stuck in it.
Woody
1 year ago
Save the day, thank you.
fred
1 year ago
well, i tried this battery on another macbook white and it was able to boot it up and work fine. The battery connector that i bought is an energy star one because there are 2 pins missing and those are the only ones that fit my logic board - if it had 2 pins more it wouldnt go in. It looks identical to the old one, and both make no difference when installed to the macbook - same effects as shown in video. I guess its the logicboard then huh. Oh well sometimes you get lucky sometimes you dont. Thanks for all the help again.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@fred - two times I've seen that issue. One is on 3rd party batteries. Some just can't seem to power the machine without help but work fine afterwards. 2nd is the battery cable. There are two different kinds (energy star and non-energy star). The way to tell the difference is the number of pins. One has an extra pin on the battery cable that connects to the logic board. Compare your old cable with the new one. After that I'd have to fall back on the logic board having one or two dead contacts.
fred
1 year ago
i made a video showing my problem. Thanks for the help, I appreciate your time and effort. www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFvfID1KXDk
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@fred - we've never tried that method, so I can't say.
fred
1 year ago
dont know if you remember me, but my macbook had water damage and i think there is water damage only around the battery connection socket and or battery connector. I now have bought isopropanol (isopropyl) 99.9% alcohol, and an air duster can. Should i put the isopropanol on the logicboard? does this usually fix water damage? thank you for your help and time
Summer
1 year ago
I spilled a littlebit of water on my macbook pro. Cleaned up at once.. Its working properly but a while after opening, the mouse arrow starts moving by itself and sometimes the arrow moves slow.. And starts clicking on folders by itself... What should i do? Is this a big problem?
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Whitney - the top case itself is pretty straightforward putting that back together. The trackpad cable which I believe you are referring to is connected on the underside. You may have to remove a plastic shield first, then there is a small bar you have to pop up (gently), slide the cable in, then relock the bar.
Whitney
1 year ago
Sorry! I was talking about the top case.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@saresh - the macbook should turn on normally without a battery installed as long as your power adapter is good.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Whitney - I'm not sure what part you are referring to.
saresh
1 year ago
pls help me,tell me how to poweron macbook without battery...wich are the keys need press and hold while connect it to adaptor....
Whitney
1 year ago
Do you have a video that contains how to install a new one after the broken on is taken out? I guess I just need a description of how to connect that silver cable...
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Yusuf - you should just open it up and look at it. you may even be able to see it from the battery bay.
Yusuf
1 year ago
I have a Mid 2007 White macbook 13'3 and I'm asking is there a way I can know if my topcase has the golden or silver cable so I can replace it with the proper part?
herm bach
1 year ago
excellent great fstep by step and patient help for non-nerds!!
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Lockwood - replacing keycaps really won't help liquid damage. You'll need to replace the top case.
Lockwood
1 year ago
I have a macbook 13 A1181 and my son spilled water on it a few years back and a few keys dont work anymore what would you suggest I buy to fix this problem. new keys? or an entire keyboard topcase? or a new keyboard circuit board?
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@fred - if you want :)
fred
1 year ago
well in that case should i just bring it in to a shop for repair or do this: wolphbite.com/blog/?p=62 thanks
steve
1 year ago
this is the best thing you guys could have ever done.thanks very very very much
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@fred - corrosion usually is a powdery white and sometimes blue. You can try an ultrasonic cleaner, but most of the time it'll require a new logic board.
fred
1 year ago
thanks you again for the quick reply. So you reccomend that i go to a repair shop and let them get rid of corrosion with an ultrasonic cleaning machine? i do own one myself but it is very small, only the size of say a stretched out hand (length and depth). Should i riskit and do it myself? or go to the shop and let them do it? also if i were to look for corrosion (which is the only problem how i see it, as all symptoms point towards the logic board having corrosion where the battery connector connects, how do i notice that is has corrosion (what does it look like?) thank you so much for your help and time and even bothering to read all my stupid problems :)
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Troels - we have the parts listed to the right, or you can search by category at the top of the page.
Troels
1 year ago
Still great. Thanks. Do you have a Shop link? Thank you guys
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Troels - you have to stay within the models released at the same time.. so you can upgrade to the 2.0ghz, but thats it.
Troels
1 year ago
Ok thanks. My white MacBook is a 1,83 MHz 2006 model. Can I upgrade the logic board when buying a new one, or is it only possible buy the same one
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Troels - we have a logic board repair service that can sometimes fix that, but if the traces are damaged on the logic board, you can only replace the logic board.
Troels
2 years ago
When trying to change the fan in my white MacBook, I accidently broke both parts of a snap-on connector off, so it's no longer attached to the circuit board Can anyone help me? I tried to post a link to the picture here: bit.ly/QKcOEn
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@fred - that should have fixed those issues. The only other possibility is the logic board itself. It may have gotten damaged around where the battery cable connects. You may want to check around there and take out the logic board and check underneath for corrosion damage.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Mike - the video descriptions don't really describe much, but I'll check on fixing it.
fred
2 years ago
hello, it's been 6 months since my problem with my macbook (i commented here aswell) and have finally got round to buying the part that was going to fix my macbook's problem. It is a macbook 2.4 ghz penryn model and suffered water damage. suprisingly everything still works fine except for the battery (completely dead, tried in other macbook), charging (bought a new battery, not charging on my macbook), and sleep (when you close the macbook the display stays on). So i was told to buy a new battery/sleep connector - i have installed it, however it has not fixed my problem. What should i do? Thank you for your time and help
Mike
2 years ago
The descriptions in the video playlist are cut off so there's no way to read the last part of each sentence. Very frustrating!
Tyler
2 years ago
Please Help! I have a MacBook that no longer works. I took off the screen from the body and am trying to make an external monitor out of it. On the screen I have the screen itself and the inverter cable. Is it possible to make this an external monitor and if so how! Thanks!!
Tom
2 years ago
Am looking to replace the screen of a power boot help!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Omhar - you may want to reseat your ram and try to do a PRAM reset by taking out the battery, unplugging it, and holding down the power button for 10 seconds.. besides that, you may have fried the logic board.
Omhar
2 years ago
I make the worst error, i try to turn on the macbook with the top case without the screws, just to se if it works, and it did, but when y move the top case cover, i heard a short circuit, i replace the burned component (black very small component near the top case connector), now when i connect power, or battery it will turn on, with no video, no chime! please help.
Hafeezullah Bhatti
2 years ago
Millions of thanks for such a wonderfull video..........
Tom
2 years ago
...couldn't be any easier, simple. Thanks! A $ repair lifesaver!
Lee
2 years ago
very good video...only one obvious mistake. Before removing screws 2,4,7 & 9 your video shows you pointing to screws 2,4,7 & 8...not 9. That's ok...nobody is perfect....especially me. I wished I had found this video last night. Couldn't gain total access and had to remove some 3-1/2" rubber gasket where the hard drive plugs in. Somehow it got dislodge and wouldn't let me plug in a SATA hard drive. Now I can remove everything again and figure out where that rubber gasket goes.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Jose - ya just the top case and the I/O bar, plus the extra two battery bay screws on that side.
Jose
2 years ago
Hi, thanks for those fantastic videos, I just wanna know what do you need to remove first for a Battery Connector Replacement?Only the Bar ? Thanks
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@K. Turner - sometimes we can repair the board but if the traces on the board got damaged, you'll have to replace the board. If you go up to our Send-in Service link at the top and choose Logic Board Repair, you can find out more.
K. Turner
2 years ago
Great video with nice directions. However, a friend was following them and took my mac apart accordingly, without realizing that the "slide in"connecter on the far left was a slide. He just pulled it off. Now there is nothing for the connecter to slide into, only three silver bars on the logic board. Any way to fix that?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@ALAN - you'd need to be more specific on what it is doing. It could be the cable isn't connected well or your RAM is not seated well. You may want to submit a repair quote request and our techs can get back to you.
ALAN
2 years ago
i just do this and now when i plug the top case dont work why?
Mohan
2 years ago
Powerbook Medic: Thank you very much. You people are doing excellent job. I ordered that cable 15 days before and i found it yesterday in my mailbox. Just put it inside and bang, the macbook is working again. You saved my lot of money, I really appreciate your help regarding answering my queries here. Thank you. Have a great time.
Patrick
2 years ago
Thanks for making such informative videos. I now feel like an expert! May I suggest you inform your viewers to take note of where each screws are removed from? Some cover plates have screws where the short one is removed from the left etc. A make-shift screw chart would greatly help during reassembly also. Thanks again for making such great how-to videos.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Markus - thanks for the compliment. We are from Alabama, so most of us do have that southern drawl.
Markus
2 years ago
Instructions are awesome, clear and easy to follow but man... the accent! "putty knahf on the raht sahd of the screen" ;-) Well, I'm sure my accent is worse (non-native), but that was certainly unexpected. Where are you guys from?
Mohan
2 years ago
Yes. It is not available right now. But I am waiting for it. I have registered my mail ID so that it will notify me when available. Thank you.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Mohan - I told you it was in the part list to the right. We do sell it. We do ship to India.
Mohan
2 years ago
Hi there . That's correct. I am looking for that cable. But it is unavailable in your store. My question is can you ship it to India, if I pay the shipping charges. Thanks.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Mohan - we sell them in the list to the right. It is called a trackpad cable.
Mohan
2 years ago
13" MacBook Top Case Trackpad Cable for A1181. Hi As you suggested I was looking for the new cable which connects trackpad and logical board for macbook white 13 inch. How can I buy it? I need it in India. Can you post it after buying and paying the shipping? I can pay it by credit card. Thank you.
Marco
2 years ago
@joanna have you tried another charger? Maybe someone could lend you one, or they can try at the nearest mac store!
Joanna Tate
2 years ago
Have one of these Macbooks from 2008. It won't turn on. Tried changing fuse in charger but still doesn't charge or turn on. Any ideas?
Marco
2 years ago
Ok, I will try to replace battery cable and magsafe board, as I think the issue MAY have something to do with power supply, and they just cost me 5$ each. If it should be a logic board issue, I'll just leave it as it is, as I think a reparation would be too expensive, just not worth it...
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Marco - typically no. You can try to download a firmware update from Apple's support site and see if it can overwrite it, but in my experience it usually will not let you. If you have 3rd party RAM you can try it without that, but now it is starting to narrow down to a logic board issue.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Sarah - unfortunately no. The hinges are scewed into the back case, so it is advised to take off the display to replace the back case.
Marco
2 years ago
@Powerbook Medic: Yes, I formatted both times I reinstalled OSX, and sadly nothing changed. I know the superdrive and LCD have been raplaced on this Macbook, but I don't think they could cause the issue, as they both work smoothly. Is there any way to force-reinstall the firmware?
Sarah
2 years ago
I'm thinking about replacing the back case with the apple logo of my early 2008 macbook. Can I just pop it off by removing the frame around the screen and then freeing the back case with a putty knife or are there screws and things that I should be aware of?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Dave - the issue with doing it yourself is in case there is something else wrong in addition to that part. You'd have to order something else and wait for it to arrive where if we do it here, we'll make sure everything is tested before sending it back.
Dave
2 years ago
Thank you so much for your great repair videos! If I need to replace my Macbook logic board, would it be best for me to have you repair it (it a pmu issue, according to your expert techs) or buy one of your replacement used ones? What are the pros and cons? It is great to be able to text with a Mac expert !!! Thanks much!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Dave - its really ok to wait. Nothing life ending will happen when the PRAM dies. Clock and some system settings just won't be saved.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Connie - it really depends on the extent of the water damage. Typically if its a decently sized spill and the machine no longer works, you'll need at a minimum a new logic board. You can send it to us or take it somewhere to get a professional diagnosis to get an idea on repair cost.
Dave
2 years ago
Is it a good idea to replace a working PRAM battery on a four or five year old a1181 macbook as preventative maintenance? Or is it okay to wait until the battery dies? Thanks!
Connie DiPronio
2 years ago
My Macbook (2008) got water (drinking) spilled. I am wondering if you can fix it and at what cost. Thank you, Connie
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Jon - you are welcome to submit your own video. We do offer a cash reward for new videos or more in depth videos than we currently offer. There are more details on our Repair Guides main page.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Marco - did you format reinstall or just reinstall over your old OS? It sounds like something else may be messing up the restart process. I'm still leaning towards a software issue for this.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Dave - there is a manufacturer part number printed on the board, but it is different from the Apple part number. You can use our Parts By Serial section above and put in your serial number to find out which board you need.
mohan
2 years ago
thank you. i will try it and update here
Jon
2 years ago
The quality of this video is awful. Plus he removed the lcd like a moron. I could have made a much better video.
Marco
2 years ago
Hi to all, my 13" macbook A1181 hangs only when I restart it. If I turn it on from off it will start, and it will also work and shut down normally, but if I choose restart from the apple menu it will get stuck with a black screen, the white led on and the fans going. PRAM reset also causes it to stall that way. I have reinstalled OSX 10.6, but no help. Could t be something around battery cable or magsafe board? Thanks for your help!
Dave
2 years ago
Is there a part number printed or stamped on a macbook a1181 logic board that identifies the exact version of logic board it is? (So I can order an exact replacement one.) Thanks!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Egg - it's best to blow with compressed air from the inside instead of blowing into the machine as that will just move it somewhere else.
Egg
2 years ago
My macbook had some ants living in it for a while whilst travelling. Recently it has been perfoming a litle slower and turning itself off after (a- it gets hot, b- the fan goes mental trying to cool it down). I am aprenhensive about taking things to bits with limited tools / skills. Do you think a good blast of compressed air in any available hole, to clean out any crap would be a good idea? Thanks in advance.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@ Mohan - Most likely the cable isn't properly connected, or it was damaged in the removal process. If the cable is connected, you may need to replace just the cable to get things working again.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@ alex - This one. To remove the bottom pan you have to disassemble the entire machine aside from the display clamshell.
Mohan
2 years ago
Hi I opened my macbook 13 inch white to clean the fan. Then I closed it, but I noticed keyboard and trackpad are not responding at all. The on off button works well and everything is fine with external keyboard and mouse. I reopened and closed the topcase many times but the problem remains the same. Is it hardware problem or software problem? What is the good remedy? Thank you
alex
2 years ago
what video(s) do i need to watch to change out the bottom case assembly?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Toni - the gray wire is indeed part of the airport antenna. You need at least two connected to get a good signal. For the camera, there is a separate cable for that. You'll want to just make sure its still connected on both ends and not damaged in the hinge area.
Toni
2 years ago
My husband dropped our 13 inch MacBook a1181 model and the screen went out plus we had fan issues so I took the entire computer but the logic board apart and there was one gray wire that was broken. I believe it is the one connected to the airport card - looked like car battery with one black wire and one gray that connected to it. Now it will recognize only our wireless connection but will not connect - it says connection timed out every time. But since the replacement whenever I open any camera program or FaceTime it says "there is no connected camera" so what did I do wrong and what wire do I need to replace if it is for the wireless internet?
John S
2 years ago
If I'm taking apart my macbook 13" late 2007 model to replace the airport card, which I acquired through you guys, do I need to remove the hard drive and the ram as well before I take apart the top case? Or can I just leave those in.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Neil - you can try, but it is not recommended.
Neil
2 years ago
If replacing the entire logic board isn't economical and I have only a busted FW port can I solder on a new one somehow?
djaureg2
2 years ago
Best site I've seen yet!!! Made the tear down completely simple...
m mccormick
2 years ago
how can i replace the keys?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Florida - sometimes you can repeatedly stick a headphone jack in to get it to disengage, otherwise it requires a logic board repair.
Florida Student
2 years ago
My MacBook earphones audio jack glows red and the sound doesn't play unless I hook up a jack to the earphones jack. Does this mean I need to replace my logic board or is there some other way to fix this? The problem happened after carelessly pulling out a bent plug out of the audio receptical. Thanks
DaveL
2 years ago
I was taking the Fan Assembly apart and like Melinda I had a mishap with the sliding connector. It was the first one on the heat sink and the the two wires came out right of the connector. Is it possible to just slide those back in or should more be done? Thank you
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Melinda - if you broke it on the fan, you'll need to replace it. If you broke it on the logic board, our repair service can sometimes repair damaged connectors, but you may need to replace the logic board. Yes, you can replace the LCD without taking the entire machine apart, but it can be tricky reconnecting the inverter cable.
Melinda
2 years ago
Can you switch out the LCD without taking the entire computer apart?
Melinda
2 years ago
Well during the fan assembly I broke one of the sliding connectors... is this fixable?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Glosol - if the only light you are getting is the magsafe, it may be a problem with the top case (the power button) being disconnected inside. Usually this only happens with a fall, but you may want to check that. It's fairly easy to get to that point. If the sleep light on the front blinks when you try to turn it on.. it may just be loose ram.
Glosol
2 years ago
I was asked to look at my friends A1181 that she said would not start. It was given to me in a friggin box and was missing a few screws. For some reason she had removed the battery and the trim holding the hdd in place to identify her ram. Then she tipped the computer enough for the hard drive to slide out of the connector and fall out of the computer. She did not say if the impact to the hdd was severe or minor. The computer wont power up or even charge the battery. Except for the magsafe's power supply plug being green, there are no lights or sounds when power is pressed-no orange light, but the green light turns on when plugged in. I borrowed a different power supply and battery from my daughter to test, with same result. I was able to get most of the screws back into their right places, Are there any screw locations that are needed to ground chassis to logic board that I need to pay attention to? or is it the logic board?
Betty
2 years ago
I spill water on my laptop two days ago. It was working fine after the spill. I clean it up and let sit there for the rest of the day, but now it will not turn on, is it because the logic board is damage?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Peter - Any SATA SSD should work as long as its the correct 2.5-inch form factor. As far as data, there are some data recovery programs, but if its not mounting at all, it can be difficult.
PeterB
2 years ago
My HDD has died. Can you replace the HDD with a SATA SSD in this model? Any limit on size for the replacement HD? btw Are there any techniques for recovering files on non-responsive HDDs? Disk Utility and the Mac OSX installer don't see it.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Naomi - you can replace the top case yourself if you like. That'll most likely fix it.
Naomi
2 years ago
Hi, I spilled coffee with a lot of sugar on keyboards and my keys A to L do not work. The computer turns on, but I cannot login since I can't type A to L. Repair for liquid spills in Japan are $800!!! I cleaned by taking of keys. I've used the Topcase & Trackpad removal to successfully take off topcase, to dust off and clean some stickiness. What else can I do before sending it for repair??? Thanks
luis
2 years ago
You are exquisite. You savedme. I was living a greek tragedy because of my mac core 2duo failed, I was needing it and broke down. A pice of paper went inside of the optical drive. I had an appointment in two hours and I didn't know wht to do . You gave me the light. Thank you, thank you from Mexico.
fred
2 years ago
thanks for the quick reply :) the battery i ordered has arrived and it works (lights on battery turn on) but macbook will not start with battery and does not even recognise it! im going to have to get a new battery cable then, how weird! it sometimes recognises the old broken battery and tells me information about it in power under system profiler but the new battery never shows up :/ anway thanks for your help
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@fred - it could be the reed switch itself is damaged. It would require replacing the battery cable to fix as its built into that.
fred
2 years ago
thank you so much for these videos :) i recently fixed up my macbook which before was suffering from water damage but i still have 1 small problem. the battery sleep connector :( my macbook will not go to sleep when the lid is closed (i belive it is called the reed switch) and i was wondering how i could fix this sleep problem? the battery sleep connector does seem to be working because when i go to system profiler and go under "power" tab then it sais my battery is broken, how many cycles it has had and information. when this connector is unplugged it will not show this kind of battery information (obviously). So what could be the problem? thanks for your time and help
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Greg - you can check the logic board side by just removing the top case. You can check the LCD side by just removing the bezel and unscrewing the LCD from the brackets.
Greg
2 years ago
The backlight is unaffected. What I'm really asking is whether the display cable connectors can be checked without a complete disassembly of the laptop.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Greg - it depends what display issue you are having. If its a backlight issue, it is usually a problem with the inverter cable going through the left hinge. If its a problem with the picture, I'd make sure the display cable going through the right hinge is not getting pinched or not connected all the way.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Robin - if the key still physically appears to work but just doesn't send the signal, it is most likely going to need another top case.
Greg
2 years ago
Thanks for the videos, they're really quite helpful. Immediately after opening the machine up to clean the fan, I started experiencing intermittent issues with the display. The issue is resolved by moving the top cover back and forth; lately it seems to happen more often and requires more movement. Before I replace the display cable, I hope to find that it's simply an unseated connector. Does one end of the cable come loose more often than the other? Which end is more difficult to check? I've seen some videos that show removal of the LCD without separating the top cover from the hinge. Is there a reason I would not want to do that? If it is indeed possible with my laptop (late core 2 duo, lip around the LCD bezel) I would certainly prefer that to the removal of the entire top cover. Thanks again for some really useful info.
Robin
2 years ago
Your video is good. I have a late 2009 13" macbook with a new battery and hard drive. Top case and motherboard were replaced by Apple repair last year under warranty. However, since then the right shift key doesn't work. When I plug in a wireless keyboard, the right shift key does work on the wireless keyboard. Does this mean there is a problem with a single key, or could it need a new topcase and motherboard again?
Peter
2 years ago
Hello. Thanks for the helpful video. But when i remove all the screws i can almost take the topcase off, but for some reason it is stuck on the front left corner, next to where the battery connects. I am pretty sure i removed all the right screws. Any idea?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Rick - I would try to clean it off first with some windex lightly on a cloth. if it appears to be underneath the glass, you will need an LCD at a minimum.
Rick
2 years ago
Hi, my daughter spilled coffee on her 13" Macbook and it now has a splotch about the size of two fingers on the LCD. Could the liquid have gotten INTO the actual LCD and damaged it? I'd like to know where to start. Cable, inverter, video card, LCD screen? Thanks!
Pedro
2 years ago
Hello. I have a Macbook A1181 and the lcd has no light in it. I thought i was the inverter board so i bought a new one and the problem remained. Then I thought it was the lcd, so i bought a new one but the problem remained. Did i bought a defective inverter and lcd or may be other issue. I'm spending a lot of money but i can not solve the problem so far. Pleasehelp me.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Don - the CPU is built into the logic board, so you would need to change out that to upgrade the processor. You can't put any logic board in the machine as Apple changed them with every release, so you'd have to find one that was released at the same time as yours. SSD upgrades are fine. We sell those in our hard drive category.
Don
2 years ago
Medic..thanks for answer, I think its the magsafe dc jack, ordered part simple fix hopefully! If I change the board can I upgrade the cpu to something crazy,plus solid state hd? thanks bud :)
Martin
2 years ago
@Enrique: I had exatcly the same situation with my black 2008 MB(see my comment from 2 days ago). Unfortunately it was actually the LCD screen which had to be replaced. Inverter and cable were ok. New screen works fine now. I bought a new screen and did the assembly myself. It is not trivial. Follow a guide, be careful and patient and note which screw to put in which place.
Enriquet
2 years ago
Thank you for your answer, the screen is black when I close it and open it again, it goes on and i can see the screen for like 2 seconds, then it goes off again, I have been using my Mac without the battery for the last 5 months, does that have anything to see with this problem? Maybe the dust is causing this?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Enrique - look real close at the screen when it goes out and see if you can still make out a dark image. If you can, it is going to be a short in the inverter cable or inverter board. If there is no image at all, it may be the LCD or worst case the logic board.
Enrique
2 years ago
Hi guys, I have a 2008 white MacBook, it's been working fine since I got it, but just yesterday the screen went black, and when I close it the little white light blinks, like it's on sleep mode, once I open it back again I can see the images for like 2 seconds then goes back to black again. Last night I left it off for like 45mins and it apparently went back to normal, but this morning it went back to the same, please help! I'm desperate! :/
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Martin - for this model, the top case doesn't need to be screwed in for it to function. If it powers up but the keyboard and top case do not work, it may be a partially torn top case cable.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Steve - if nothing is happening and the front light doesn't flash, check the light on the plug itself. If it lights up, its most likely an issue with the top case being unplugged inside or the top case being damaged. If the light on the plug doesn't light up, it is either the adapter or the logic board.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Don - it may be. The power management, however, is built into the logic board so it is hard to say without just trying replacement parts. You may want to have it professionally repaired so you don't have to try one part at a time.
Martin
2 years ago
Hi, I have replaced the LCD on my 2008 A1181 MB. Tested everything on Thursday and it worked fine, but the keyboard did not fit perfectly. I have reassembled yesterday to get the cables out of the way for the screws. Now one screw on the back and 2 on the side of the outs case do not fit anymore. I get to the welcome screen, but keyboard and touchpad do not work, while the power button does. Also a USB mouse work. Any idea? I does not seem I have ruined the logic board. Read about the screws are needed to ground?
Steve
2 years ago
Been asked to look at same machine as in the video, I fix Pc's never had a mac before... Machine battery charges etc however when power button is pressed nothing happens. I have checked the seating of the ram and Hard drive etc and all is fine ... is it likely to be the power button itself on the top case or is this a common fault with the logic board ?
Don
2 years ago
Hi I have a macbook 13.3 1.8 duo, 2007 when I place in the charger its not accepted, however if I take out the battery and reinstall it it charges, however that only works for 40/6/ mins then I hve to repeat ..is this the magsafe dc jack? thanks
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Pat - it is most likely an issue with the display cable. It may be need to be reseated or it may be getting pinched in the hinge or under the superdrive.
Pat
2 years ago
Hi Just used your video to replace a noisy fan. All seemed to go well but on startup I find my colors on the display are simply atrocious all pink et al. Any ideas as to what I may have stuffed up???
Jason K
2 years ago
Just got my macbook a week ago. I'm having some difficulties where it appears that every time i remove the battery, the computer does not work for several hours. When it does come back to life, it works just fine and turns on and off with no issue. I did an SMC reset the day i got it and had this issue, now today i removed the battery to upgrade the RAM (10 am) and now (4:30 pm) it still will not turn on or do anything. Anybody know what i'm looking at here?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Todd - that is typically a hard drive issue. the drive may have just gotten disconnected. You can take out the battery and take out that L-bracket in there and reseat the hard drive.
Todd
2 years ago
dropped off the couch and it quit working, what part is likely to need repaired, or how do I diagnos
Todd
2 years ago
the white MacBook I have now turns on,the screen has the apple symbol,then,the do not enter symbol,then, flashes the ? File icon
Nash
2 years ago
Got it fixed. Found out the logic board ribbon connector was dislodged during re-assembly. It is now up and running. Thanks
Nash
2 years ago
It is definitely not the magsafe. That is working properly. It is something else to do with the computer itself. I thought maybe the ram was not installed properly, but checked that several times and it is not that either.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Nash - if the light on your power adapter does not light up, it is usually an issue with the adapter itself or the magsafe board is not connected to the logic board properly.
Nash
2 years ago
Just used your video to replace the fan in my macbook. Did everything according to the video, but now it will not start-up. No lights, noises, nothing. I cannot figure out what I did wrong. Any ideas?
sergio
2 years ago
Does anyone knows where I can get the screw size and placement for macbook A1181? I changed the LCD on it but some of the screws don't fit properly
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Brian - I'm not sure exactly what you mean as we mostly do hardware issues and that sounds like software. It may require reinstalling the OS.
Brian
2 years ago
My mac has all block letter A's what do I have to replace to get it back to normal or is there a software that can help
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@solih - no it isn't compatible.
M.A Solih
2 years ago
A1181 T7400 Logic Board 2.16GHz Black Energy Star Apple MacBook 13" C2D (Mid 2007) 661-4484 ... Can I upgrade to 2.4GHz? Please help me choose a board as I need to replace it due to BROKEN AUDIO!
trevor
2 years ago
@alotte - it means your computer cannot properly access your hard drive thiings to try in order: -Boot in safe mode -Boot off of your install dvd and use disk utility to check & repair disk -reinstall mac osx over your hard drive (if the computer recongnizes it) -Buy a new hard drive (i had the same problem, unfortunately i had to buy a new hard drive)
alotte
2 years ago
I have a big problem with my macbook 13" model A1181.. I accidntally placed it overnight on a carpet and when i started it up the following day.. it start up so long..that i powered it off by long pressing the power button... and when i turned it back again.. it showed only grey screen, i can hear the fan and the chime and after about 4-5 minutes, a folder appears with a question mark blinking... and it stays that way...nothing happens next and the blinking continues...do you think that it can be repaired? do i need to bring it to an apple center? thank you...
Laura Anderson
2 years ago
Hi, I have 2008 macbook a1181. I have been told that it needs a new logic board, how do I know which one is right for my computer? Thanks
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@wendy - it would be either the battery cable or the logic board.
wendy
2 years ago
my son cut a wire to his charging cable of his macbook A1181. he tried to fix the cable (sort of) by electrical tape (since the cable is $$)but when he went to charge the battery/laptop it shorted something out. he can use it with the (new) cord plugged in but it won't charge the (new) battery also wont run off battery period (put a charged one in and nothing) what could be wrong? It only works when attached to a power cord.
Andy Calgary
2 years ago
My A1181 seems to start... light comes on for a few seconds and the startup sound plays BUT no display on screen or on a external monitor. I do not have a OS installed but i need a display to reload the OS. If its the video card that means a logic board replacement ..right? Or any ideas what it might be?
NelsonC
2 years ago
What is the Brand Name of the Drive you are removing in this video? What brands do you recommend to use as replacement? I have a Matshita CW-8221 failing (I think it is the original)... Should I replace it with a different brand? Thanks.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Dominic - you says its an iBook G4 but this is a MacBook page. The issues could be different for each model, so I would suggest getting it professionally diagnosed.
dominic
2 years ago
boot button. Works on occasions. It's always tricky. Get in in the right spot and sometimes it works. Wonder of wonder. Solutions?
Dominic
2 years ago
My iBook G4. Boot key does not start my G4. Sticky key?
Sergio
2 years ago
I found out the problem! It was the connection between the battery connector and the main board. The contacts were oxidated due to water damage. It is charging now. Thanks!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Sergio - it can be, yes. It also can be an issue with an incompatible 3rd party battery.
Sergio
2 years ago
I see. But I didn´t wanted to replace the whole logic board only because it doesnt charge, because it still works on battery but doesn´t show the battery charge. Says there is no battery at all. Can it be the battery cable?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Sergio - the logic board is one part. We sell them in the list to the right.
Sergio
2 years ago
Hi! I have the same problem as Brian, but my magsafe is working, the battery is 100%, so it can only be the logic board. Can you tell me with part should I need to replace in the logic board? Thanks
Brian
2 years ago
Thanks for the reply... I am thinking about changing the Battery connector cable inside. The battery lights have no response when the button on the battery is pressed as well, so I may need a new battery.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Decix - no it doesn't. It should work fine without any of the external screws.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Brian - it can be a defective battery, battery cable, or worst case scenario the logic board.
Decix
2 years ago
Hey, huge question: Does the macbook require all of the screws back into the computer after taking it apart for the video to show? I took mine apart to change the fan and now it won't show video. The only difference is that I lost a few of the screws. Would that make a difference?
Brian
2 years ago
Has anyone found a solution (other than Logic board replacement) for the issue of the Macbook only working with the charger, and not charging or powering off of the battery?
gord
2 years ago
is it possible to conect the screen to a ps3 without the computer
Rherb89
2 years ago
Thanks for the responce I wish I had purchased it from here :-) next time I repair a MacBook I will as I did not know of this site till yesterday. I have returned the screen for another one and should receive it I hope in a couple of days I will keep you all posted. Thanks very much. Rherb89
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Rherb89 - sounds like it is probably defective. I would contact our customer support department if you bought it from us.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Nick - the cables with the gold ends are the airport antenna cables. We sell each one separately by color in the part list to the right.
Rherb89
2 years ago
Great Video used it to replace my LCD screen that was broken. My question is I received the following " Laptop LCD Screen 13.3-inch WideScreen (11.3"x7.1") WXGA (1280x800) Glossy CCFL 1-Bulb compatible with p/n B133EW01 V.3 " The B133EW01 V.3 is on the old screen and is what was on the invoice when I ordered it. Received the new screen attached it and nothing i get the beep that it is starting but no light at all on the new screen.. thought maybe i hooked somethign up wrong took it apart and did it again still nothing.. So I hooked up the old one and it came right on but you do notice that it is broken as it looks like a big ink splotch but the logo lights up and the old LCD scren light up.. but I get nothing from the new one. Is there something you have to do to get a new screen to work? I think i was shipped an in compatable version or it was DOA on arrival... ? any suggestions.. would be great. Looking at returning this new screen in the morning.. Thanks Rherb89
Nick
2 years ago
Hi guys please help me out with the following question. at 1:52 you notice the 3 thin cables(Black,blue and grey) these are connected to a tiny GOLD thing. what do call that thing? I need of of those. and how much would u think it'll cost? Please let me know asap
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Phung - that is most likely an issue with your router or modem.. we can't really help with that. Your ISP should be able to assist you.
Phung Le
2 years ago
Hi Powerbook Medic, I have a macbook, i can connect to internet by wireless but i cannot connet to internet via Cable ADSL. Does my airport have problem? how to solve it?
Alvaro
2 years ago
Hi, thanks... so very good video.
Van
2 years ago
the best web site ever thanks lot for help
Sao
2 years ago
thanks so much for your help
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Sao - best thing to do is get an external enclosure. We sell them on our site. You'll want a 2.5-inch SATA enclosure.
Sao
2 years ago
I have a macbook and spilled water on it, and it wont come on I removed the HD and brought a new PC. My problem is how can I get the data off of the mac HD?
Dorulk
2 years ago
HI,my 2008 macbook screen won't stay on for more than 30 seconds if the brightness is at normal levels. If I keep it at the very lowest dimness level, it will work for 30 minutes or so after which I give it a few minutes rest, then repeat.
Hari om
2 years ago
How can I Install sound,bluetooth & camera if software has been not available how to solve?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Tsenat - The power button is part of the top case so it may have been damaged and needs to be replaced.
Tsenat
2 years ago
thanks for the video... My macbook A1181 keyboard has been damaged when i was cleaning it with a dish washer smoothly. There is no power when i press the power button. WHAT SHALL I DO .... If there is a mechanism to fix it please post... thank you
Magneto
2 years ago
I have a Macbook 13.3/1.83/2x256/60/combo/white. It took a spill, tea to be specific. After drying it out it now starts, boots into MacOS, but the display flickers in terms of backlighting. This is to say that it is bright as it should be but then goes very dim and then bright again. It does this slowly, not like a strobe. Does this suggest a flaky inverter board, a maybe corroded inverter cable connection at the logic board, a corroded display cable connection at the logic board, a compromised logic board, or something entirely different? It passed the series of diagnostic tests you get when holding down the 'n' key at startup. Thanks!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Sopan - it depends how much you sell each part for.
Sopan
2 years ago
if each part of the macbook 13" is taken apart and sold separately, what would be the total price? (w/o monitor/keyboard/trackpad) Thanks.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Matt - there's a link in the top right that says PDF Manual. Give that a shot.
Matt
2 years ago
What the hell happened to all the pdfs? Some people like to have a guide that stays static on their screen while they work, and not a noisy temporally active freaking video window. How absurd and stupid for this site to make such a sweeping decision.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@russell - i would probably take it somewhere or send it to us to get professionally diagnosed.
russell
2 years ago
Hi there i have checked the logic board for loose connections as you suggested but still have no display on laptop with new or old invertor i am at a lost end as to why the screen is not coming on i have tried all i can think of any more help you can suggest
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Meg - that is typically a logic board issue, but I would try reseating the RAM first.
Meg
2 years ago
Hi, I have a white MacBook. When I press the power button the screen flashes for a second and the white light on the front stays on, and I can hear the disk start up. But nothing on the screen, no welcome chime. Any ideas?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@jared - that's hard to say what the issue is. it could be one of the display cables or the logic board. We offer a free diagnosis here if you'd like to send it in to us instead.
jared reabow
2 years ago
my macbook was taked apart by "professionals" and they have somehow damaged it, they say they aren't obligated to fix it so i am stuck, the problem is the screen turns on and off when i power it on, but if i disconnect the keybard and touchpad just as i turn it on, the laptop will boot
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@stephen - if thats all thats wrong, that's probably all you need to replace.
stephen
2 years ago
not too long ago I spilled about 5 drops of water on the center of the keyboard,the keys around that area and the trackpad have been acting up, I was hoping that only the topcase was only damaged and not anything underneath. What do you think?
Abraham
2 years ago
Hello, I have a problem with my macbook 13 "white 2007 later, the screen flickers only when I have the charger attached. Only in the average levels of brightness and when playing video (the temperature rises above 60-70 ° C). whose fault can be?. Thank you for your attention, and I look forward to your response. Abraham
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@russell - I would just recheck all the connections. The display cable and inverter cable from the LCD and those connections on the logic board and inverter board. Most likely something else came unplugged.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Abel - if the front sleep light stays on solid and you have no video that is typically a logic board issue.
russell southern
2 years ago
Hi i have an macbook a1181 and the screen went dim so i replaced the onvertor and now nothing appears on my screen it stays black so i then but old invertor backin assuming it would be dim again but i still now get black screen any help would be appreciated greatly?
Abel
2 years ago
Juice spilled on keyboard of macbook (2 yr old daughter). Computer became unresponsive. I removed top case, ram sticks and hard drive in order to investigate and dry if needed. After some minor cleanup (not much dampness but lots of gunk) I reasmbled the computer and not get the "on light" on the front right corner of the computer but the screen stays black. Any ideas are welcome. Thanks for the great video and for any help.
Abel2
2 years ago
ammendment to last comment: I reasembled the computer and I DO get the "on light" on the front right of the computer, but the screen stays black. Fan comes on as well.
Vijay
2 years ago
Hi there, I opened my macbook to remove a stuck dvd in the optical drive. But when I reassembled it again and powered it on, the screen flicks for a second, backlitght is off and it goes to sleep mode. So, I removed the keyboard case and tried the same thing. It goes to sleep mode only when the cover is lowered on the bottom case, if I lift it high above with the keyboard connector connected powered it on, it works fine. But when I lower the keyboard it goes to stand by all of a sudden. I thought the key board flex cable might be faulty and disconnected the cable from key board. and after a few trial and error methods I found out that, when the cable is connected to logic board but not to keyboard(cable hanging loose from logic board) when I lower the upper case it goes to stand by. But if I remove the cable from logic board, lowering the upper case has no effect and the system stays fine. Please help me with this issue as soon as possible because my exams are nearing.
Smiff
2 years ago
Hey Again, thanks for the superfast response. When I say horizontal alignment I may not be using the term properly... approx 1/3 of the screen is blank (everything is shifted to the left) 1/3 display two misaligned versions of the same image and the last 1/3 shows a single part of the other image. I've been sold the display as macbook a1181 compatible but I start to think not!? Could the company supplying it be so wrong? Best. Smiff
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Smiff - horizontal alignment? that is typically an issue with the wrong resolution or an incompatible LCD
Smiff
2 years ago
Hi there! I have recently purchased a new screen for my macbook and am now having issues with the screen horizontal alignment... I assumed this was an issue with the screen and got a replacement from the supplier but am still having the same issue. The old screen works fine (other than cosmetic issue which was reason for change). I'd really appreciate and advice. Thanks.
Nikki
2 years ago
When I open my macbook it will flash on for 2-3 seconds usually and then the screen goes dark (can faintly see screen with flashlight). The intermittent light on front of machine is also off when screen is open now. Is this the inverter or a problem with the screen sensor/magnets?
Brian
2 years ago
I installed a new sceen in a macbook model # a1181 and now the computer will not turn on with the battery OR the power cord. I opened the computer again to see if there was something that I missed, but I am at a loss. please help!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Jason - that would be the first thing I try. There isn't a lot of circuitry to go bad on the magsafe itself so a lot of times it ends up being a logic board issue, but I'd give it a shot.
Jason
2 years ago
Great videos! I'm fixing this laptop for a friend, who said it wouldn't charge and was missing several keys at the charger. Well I ordered a new charger & keyboard, I plugged it in, and the green light came on, and stayed on all weekend. I disconnected it just now as the keyboard arrived, put the new top case on, and plugged it back on, and it the green light isn't coming on, nor is it recognizing the AC charge. The laptop is still working from the charged battery- I'm led to believe it's only the magsafe, as it charged once already. Do you think this is the case, or could it be the whole logic board? Also, does the entire motherboard need to come out to replace the magsafe? Thanks in advance!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Jose - the top left is going to be the magsafe board. Hopefully it just affected that, but it should start up with the battery if that was the case so most likely there is more severe damage. You'll probably want to look inside it to check for any damage or send it to get diagnosed.
Jose
2 years ago
Hey! So a tiny bit of soda fell on the table my macbook was on, and it came in contact with the top left hand corner of the base of the macbook where i had it on the table, and a little splashed on the shell of the screen. I wiped all of it off but the macbook turned off by itself. I turned it back on twice but it shut down within a few minutes both times. Now it just won't turn on! Is there anything I can do? I've tried hairdrying the area, but barely any liquid came in contact with the laptop that I don't know how much damage has been done!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Usman - that's about the only thing that would stop the power button from working. whatever affected the keyboard may have just spread to the power button when you went in to reconnect it.
Usman
2 years ago
Hi, Thanks for the nice videos. My A1181 Macbook's trackpad and keyboard stopped working. So I opened it according to your video, but then power button also stopped working. I'm not sure why. I tried removing and reconnecting the top case's cable again and again, but power button refuses to work. I wonder what went wrong...
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@RCooke - the two main factors for overheating are fans and thermal compound between the heatsink and chips on the board. so that's where I'd start.
RCooke
2 years ago
My wife's MB v1 (2006) WiFi refuses to work, connect, or even list available networks after 60-90 minutes after a cold boot. Using iStat Menu I can see a everything is getting pretty warm. And there are 2-3 things that have a temperature difference between working and not working. First off, I can't find any information on what the MAX temperatures are for all the parts that are monitored. Secondly, I don't know if this could be remedied by cleaning the fan assembly or replacing it. Thanks in advance!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Hanah - you'll most likely have to replace it. They run about $20.
Hanah B.
2 years ago
I took it apart and made sure everything was plugged in good. It is possible that the cable is getting pinched but I don't really know how to fix that. Am I going to have to replace it and if so how much is that going to cost?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Shannon - that is most likely the inverter cable getting pinched in the hinge. It may just need to be rerouted, but it is probably slightly damaged and shorting out the backlight temporarily.
ShannonNicole
2 years ago
My LCD continues to go black. If i lower it all the way down and then brighten in once it will stay on a while as long as I do not move the screen. I know I need to replace my battery... Can my battery effect this? Or do I need to Purchase a screen as well? Thank you
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@kwasi - recheck the connections and the cables or send it to us or take it somewhere for repair.
kwasi
2 years ago
so what do i do?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@kwasi - there's two cables that could be the issue, the inverter cable and the display cable. The inverter cable will connect to the inverter board beneath the LCD and then through the hinge to the logic board.
kwasi
2 years ago
i just fixed my hinges and i put it all back together and now the screen wont come on?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Hanah - There are two possibilities I can think of. The display cable isn't plugged in all the way or the cable is getting pinched inside.
Hanah B.
2 years ago
I recently replaced my fan and now that my computer is all back together the colors are off on the screen. Did I do something wrong and if so how do you fix it?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@ricerk - I don't believe so.
ricerk
2 years ago
Helpful videos! Is it possible to replace a bad logic board from a 13'' macbook 2.13GHz (mid-2009) with a 2.4GHz early-2008 logic board? Are they interchangeable?
tottyi
2 years ago
This macbook what have sound chip. I need driver for vista. :(
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@anonymous - I doubt it.
anonymous
2 years ago
there's no problem on osx. just wanna ask if it can be repairable?(logicboard) and i have also the same model, but the problem is, sometimes it boots normal, sometimes it wont,just a flash and nothing. can it be fixed too? or should i replace the logicboard? thanks
M.A Solih
2 years ago
Where to find the sound processor on the logic board and is there anyway to get the sound processor separately or repair it without changing the whole logic board?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Anonymous - but it doesn't do it in OS X?
Anonymous
2 years ago
It wasn't the battery. I am using the adapter. actually when u boot, no display but u can still see the picture and then after a few seconds it will sleep. but when plugged to external, it works well. is there a possible solution aside bringing the logicboard for repair? or logicboard replacement. Can it be repaired?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Luke - that is typically a logic board issue.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Anonymous - I may be confusing it with another issue, but I was thinking that happens sometimes with 3rd party batteries.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Aaron - if you aren't getting a picture, but you are getting a backlight it can also be the display cable or the connection on the logic board and the external will still work. If you aren't getting a picture or backlight, that is typically the LCD or logic board unless both cables are damaged.
Luke
2 years ago
I have a white 13" macbook that wont start up, but at first I would turn it on and the fans will start spinning fast but the screen wouldn't turn on at all it stays black.
Anonymous
2 years ago
Is there a fix for MacBook logic board sleep issue?every time I boot and went to windows user environment it always sleep!
Aaron
2 years ago
I recently bought a MacBook A1181 with a non-functioning screen which still has a picture hooked up to an external monitor. I replaced the LCD screen, hooked everything up, and still have no picture on the new screen. I can't really see a dim picture either, so I'm not so sure replacing the inverted board would fix it. External display still works. Could you help with diagnosing the issue? Thanks!
M.A Solih
2 years ago
Where to find the sound processor on the logic board and is there anyway to get the sound processor separately without changing the whole logic board?
Nigel Anderson
2 years ago
First, terrific resources, the videos and especially the pdf manual, thanks. Before I start, can I ask if my fault sounds familiar? When lifting the screen from fully closed through to fully open there are certain angles where the screen appears to go black (actually, in a dark room I can still see the screen very faintly). Moving the screen back or forth a little usually fixes it, but it is getting worse, and now the screen is only visible when the lid is only open a little, ie becoming pretty unusable. I was going to look for loose cables first up, but if you have any ideas... Thanks again
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Mike - there are two styles of connectors but both you really just push the cable end down onto the connector on the board. You may want to check and make sure the connector on the board is undamaged as well.
Jannibal
2 years ago
@doreen: Check Your screen in a Bright light. It might be that the backlight is malfunctioning but the screen itself (and your gpu) are still operative..
Doreen
2 years ago
I hope I can get some help here. My Macbook screen flashes grey and it 'bongs' like it is actually starting, but then the screen goes black. It is a 2007 A1181.....MB062LL/A. I noticed it was running hot and the fan wasn't coming on when I thought it should right before this happened. I found a work around for a little while by removing the battery and running it on ac power, but that doesn't help now. Thoughts?
Mike
2 years ago
While using this guide I accidenlty pulled the wires from the plug to the MB on the L spkr assembly. The wires are undemaged with the two small prongs but i am unablt to properly reseat them in the plug. Any advice?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@M.A. - this is usually caused by the headphone jack getting stuck in optical mode. This is usually detectable by looking in the port on the left side and seeing a red light on inside. Sometimes you can fix this by repeatedly inserting a headphone jack to get it unstuck. You can check your sound settings in OS X to see what the output is set to. If it is set to an optical device, that is your issue, otherwise it may be just a dead sound processor which would require a new logic board.
M.A Solih
3 years ago
On 13" macbook (black 2.16GHz 2007 year model). There's no sound output either for both the MacOSX and Win7..No startup sound(chimes) even. Heard and read that the user needs to repair or replace the entire logic board if the sound does not work like this. May I know what causes the problem and how to identify the sound area on the logic board and what should be done in order to repair the logic board for the matter?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Dan - yes they'd be compatible.
Dan
3 years ago
I wondered if you could help me I need to replace my top case. I have done it before so I am good there but wondered if I could replace my top case with the silver cable with one with a orange cable? This would be the whole top case not just a cable replacement. Are the plugs on the logic board side the same? thank you!
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@M.A - that's a new one. You probably need a new LCD as the backlight was modified or defective.
M.A Solih
3 years ago
I have a 13" macbook (black 2.16GHz 2007 year model)and it has got a orange color display both front and on the apple logo back ever since I started using. Is this normal or whether the LCD and the logo should be lit in pure white (bright)?
Andy
3 years ago
My wife just purchased a 13" macbook (white 2008 year model). Its running Snow Leopard 10.6.8. I tried to install Office 2004 last night. Every time I inserted the disk, it would make a noise that sounded like the optical drive was trying to read the disk, but after a few seconds, it would eject. I tried music cd's, blank cd's and even dvd's and got the same result. could the optical drive be dead? BTW, the optical drive is a combo drive.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Sheenyie - it's on the left side near the hinge. Maybe an inch inward from the back edge.
Charlie
3 years ago
Angelo: Any 'drowned' electronic gear can be rescued with DISTILLED water. It's the impurities in the liquid that affect electronic gear. Rinse, rinse, rinse, and dry. Plug it in.
Sheenyie
3 years ago
Thanks but I mean, step 1 under Display Model in the manual: ¨ "Locate the inverter cable, and using your Spudger gently pry it up to release it from its logic board connector.." For reassembly , I can't find where the inverter cable should fit in on the logic board. Thanks
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@ Sheenyie - the inverter board is in the clutch cover beneath the LCD. It is usually wrapped in an orange covering. The LCD plugs into the right side of it and the other side is a small black cable that goes through the left hinge and connects to the logic board.
Sheenyie
3 years ago
I was able to replace my screen but now during reassembly, I can't see where the inverter goes... what does it look like, should there be a plug? Did I pull it too hard during disassembly, and it has become disconnected from the logic board? I am really puzzled as I don't have any spare parts and didn't notice anything coming apart during disassembly. If this is the scenario I fear, could you please advise what the cheapest/easiest options are... do i need to replace the logic board? :-( I went ahead and completed the reassembly without connecting the inverter, and I am able to turn the macbook on, but the screen remains completely black (but start-up sound and capslock light appears). Oh and I have the Santa Rosa models. Thanks for any advice
Jorge Guzman
3 years ago
hey i have been using my macbook a1181 without a battery for about 2 days now (battery was stolen) today i realized my cd drive does not work so i opened up my macbook (a1181) took the drive out, inspected it, then popped it back in (still doesnt work, so i will be ordering a new one). anyway i assembled my macbook together and it doesnt power up at all, no lights, no noises, nothing..the top case cable is connected. what can be the problem???
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Angelo - water spills usually kill the top case and can kill the logic board if its enough to drip down through the keyboard onto the board. You'd have to open it up to see the extent of the damage.
Angelo
3 years ago
Actually, mine is the Polycarbonate model.
Angelo
3 years ago
Thanksgiving. Granddaughter is on my 13 inch MacBook Pro. Daughter hands me a flute with Champaign. It tips over on the keyboard. I quickly shut it off with the button. It would not come on again. I bought another one. Now I am going back to try and fix it. Where do I start?
jc
3 years ago
hey! i appreciate taking time to read my comment and replying with a possible solution for my macbook P.S. your videos are awesome! i am training myself with them so i can repair my macbook! :)
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@jc - that would typically be a problem with the display cable getting pinched in the hinge. the cable could already be damaged and rubbing up against the hinge or casing, or it could just be getting pinched by a hinge that got misaligned.
jc
3 years ago
hello, may i ask you a question. what is wrong with my macbook A1181 (white) it works properly except if i tilt the display back or forth / or tap it in the back case... the image kinda wants to go away i.e. like it shows lines, flickers, etc could it be: 1 - bad video chip ? 2 - or bad inverter board? 3 - or maybe the video wires pinched? appreciate your expert advise
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Thom - you can't on this model. The LCD is screwed into brackets and the hinges are screwed into the back case.
Thom
3 years ago
Does anyone know how to change the back case? with out removing the lcd screen just replace the back case??
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Hein - typically you'll be able to find a burnt part on the board somewhere and that'll help tell you what could be the problem based on what the spot is close to. As far as repairing we offer a logic board repair service or you can just replace the board.
Hein
3 years ago
hello any idea what to when the logic board smoked, i when i insert the battery and power it on smoke came from the logic board, anyone got any idea to why it happened, thanks in advance, macbook A1181
Peter Plathan
3 years ago
Very nice video.... This has helped me replace my clients macbook display.
Dubreg
3 years ago
I just want to thank you for your videos and pdf. They saved me a having to do a lot of trial and error when repairing my MacBook.
John
3 years ago
Quick question. I have a macbook a1181 white. I recently purchased this macing knowing some of the keys did not work. I purchased a topcase off ebay, took apart the old and installed the new. Macbook will not power on now even with the old topcase. Tried a different known working charger. Still no power. One think when I took the top case off I went to clean around the sata connector I took the 2 screws that hold that in. There is a little gold cable coming off that broke it seems to run to the front maybe the led indicator that the hdd is working. Would that cause a no power issue? Or something else what do you think?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@club - I would try doing a PRAM reset as well as reseating your hard drive and RAM. After that, that problem typically means the display cable has come unplugged either to the back of the LCD or the logic board.
clubvilljojo@aol.com
3 years ago
I have a macbook that I purchased in 2007 I changed the hard drive from the original 80g to a 250 g it worked fine until last night the screen froze so I forced quit and now all I get is a white screen can u guys help me?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@jerome - usually what happens is these get stuck in optical mode. You can check your sound settings in the system preferences to see if it is doing that or if there is a red light coming out of the port. Unfortunately the only way to fix it is to keep putting in the jack and removing it until it disables. If that doesn't work, replacing or repairing the logic board is the only solution.
jerome taylor
3 years ago
I have the macbook 13" model. The headphone jack does not work all of a sudden what do I do. Everything else works fine except for the fact that when I put a headphone in the slot there no sound.
gauejo
3 years ago
Thank you for very good videos. I just bought a used Macbook, 4.1, that works fine beside one single key. I have a Swedish keyboard. Do you have swedish keyboards available as well? Thank you again/Johan in Stockholm
Jason
3 years ago
help i just changed me hard drive and ram and now it wont turn on, no green light in charger, no white light completly dead ahhh
Mcgeav
3 years ago
while I was putting back the Original Hard Drive into the Macbook via the battery bay, I seem to have torn the IR cable, do I need to order the entire bottom cover or is just replace the IR and Sleep sensor lights. Where can I find the part?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Dave - you'll need to disassemble most of the machine to do that as you'll need to remove the entire display to take the old back case off.
Dave
3 years ago
Hi guys! How can I replace the back case with logo on my Macbook White 13''? I've seen that you have the replace but I don't know how to remove the cracked old one... PS I've got a 2008 intel MacBook4,1.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@CB - it is possible but it requires some practice and small fingers
CB
3 years ago
Is it necessary to completely remove the display from the computer when replacing the LCD screen?
jostmey
3 years ago
Wow! Thanks. Now I don't have to buy a brand new computer - and it wasn't going to be a mac... to expensive.
Haas
3 years ago
I used your video walk through to replace my lcd screen on my A1181- It booted up three times on command after the install and seemed to be working fine. Now it won't come on and the little white light on the front casing keeps blinking. I have reseated the ram multiple times and even removed and reinserted the hard drive but still not coming up. The screen blinks but the start up audio doesn't play and none of the keys respond, like the caps and such. I am at a loss... Any ideas?
victor C
3 years ago
I use the PDF file as instruction guide to change the LCD, perfect! Thank you!
Karen K
3 years ago
MacBook A1181, battery hasnt held charge for over a year, using power adaptor, cable bent, wires coming out and it would go off and on.Received new cable, but not battery yet. Still have black screen, but green light on cable and power light steady on Mac. Do I reinstall the OS from Install Disc 1? OR do Apple HArdware Test? Will it work with new battery better, should I wait til it comes? Thank you
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Daniel - i'm not real sure what you had done to your mac so its hard to say what you mean. If you had a new hard drive installed, you may have to format it first using disk utility in the Tools section on your install disk.
DANIEL
3 years ago
GOT MY MAC BACK BUT NOW IT WONT LET ME INSTALL THE MAC PROGRAM. KEEPS TELLING ME TO SELECT A VOLUME DUNNO WHAT ITS TALKING ABOUT BUT CAN I JUST START ALL OVER AND INSTALL MY OWN PROGRAMS
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@JC - if the sleep light on the front flashes, it could be lose memory chips, i'd reseat them.
JC
3 years ago
HIS I need a help y just change the back cover of lcd screen and when i put averything back try new memory from regula laptop and tur on i just heard star up sound then went i turn off and now dont power on is like ded accep little grenn litgh on dc charger what can be? please help
Ramified
3 years ago
I am trying to upgrade my 2GB Ram to 4GB. In the process 2 things happened. 1) The screen permanently stays black at start up while the drives just keep spinning. Ho can I get the new ram to work with my Mac? 2) When trying to fix the #1 problem, a small flat strip was pushed in the way of the left ram slot. After several attempts, I noticed that there are two flat strips in the lft ram slot. However, only the right flat strip is bent and in the way of installing ram. What do you suggest? Thanks for your site!
Cory H.
3 years ago
Wow. Thanks so much. :)
Paul Jones
3 years ago
Thanks very much. Just fixed my Macbook because of your help. Sooooo Happy...
Corey
3 years ago
I have a white MacBook 2007. Over the past few years it has developed a small crack along the bottom right side of the top cover. This has not been a problem til now (I think...) I am wondering if the small crack has to do with a new problem that has occurred after cleaning the keyboard. My laptop keeps typing "////////" without pressing any buttons. It will not stop until I press the space bar. It also makes a beeping noise when all of my windows are closed and will not allow itself to go into sleep mode. What should I do? Does it need a new top case?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@tazzeemotto - The screws are screwing into the top case, if you overtighten, it could break the threads on the top case and the screw will just start falling out. As far as the display, the screw shouldn't affect it unless the cable is not routed properly and it is cutting through the cable.
tazzeemotto
3 years ago
I have a macbook 2007 white and my case shows some cracks located on the bottom area surrounding the middle screw is there anything else that could be damaged by over tightening those screws? and if so what could it be and how do i go about repairing? also my screen has stopped working could it be related?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Tone - its a lengthy repair, but our video guides show the process of taking everything out of it. Then just switch in the new bottom case and put everything back in the same way you took it out.
Tone
3 years ago
Bottom case is cracked, crack is emminating from center screw. What kind of problems am I looking at to replace the bottom case? What is the cost?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Olav - The A1181 model number covered all the plastic macbooks up to the unibody version and the logic boards are not interchangeable throughout the entire line. There were smaller families that were interchangeable however. The best thing to do is find your model on the model table on the macbook wikipedia page and see which processors came with your revision.
Olav
3 years ago
Hi I've got a a1181 with a broken logic board, and was thinking of replacing it myself. But what I can't figure out is if I can buy any a1181 locic board or if I have to find the spesific model that originally was in the macbook?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Jeff - we have a logic board repair service which will attempt to repair it on the component level or you can replace the board. There aren't really any other options.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Nicolo - yes they are interchangeable. Just make sure you order the correct one for your model.
Jeff Burk
3 years ago
All usb/firewire/headphones ports were shorting out& would work for 10 or 20 minutes after bootup & now don't work @ all. Including ethernet port. Power port works fine. This model ports are connected 2 logic board. I don't get how one can work & others don't. Is there a way 2fix without replace logic board? ???
Nicolò
3 years ago
hallo, I have a macbook white of late 2006, and have a little problem with the fan (0 rpm.. sgrunt). For now I use it only for a while, and I keep checked the temperature, searching for a fan. I open my macbook and see tht the fan is of the brand "SUNON", different from the fan in your video. Do you know if the two fan is interchangeable? Thanks
Alvin Kaholokula
3 years ago
I installed a new macbook 13.3 display and it does not work, I installed the new display into another macbook and it does work. Can you clue me to the possible problems. thanks
Alvin Kaholokula
3 years ago
I installed a new LCD panel display on my Macbook and it does not work. (just a momentary blink) I tested on another macbook and it works. Could you some indications on what may be wrong. thanks alvin
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Jo - you'll need the original macbook restore disks or buy a retail copy of OS X. Sometimes you can go to an Apple Store and request them. I'm thinking they usually charge $50 or so, but I could be wrong.
Jo Hogan
3 years ago
My son had a 2007 macbook while he was in Iraq , he bought a macbook pro last week , and has given me the old one which is an os 10.4 tiger i think. When he transfered all his stuff off of the old one onto his new one he sent the remaining stuff to the trash bin then empied it , now it wont work, he thinks its stuck in limbo , maybe he erased the operating system ! Can you help me with what to try. he tried to load the discs from his new pro but it wont work.
Michael
3 years ago
Where can I get just the inverter cables (pink,white) for my MacBook?
Michael
3 years ago
Regarding Kevin's suggestion, I think it may be useful to suggest the importance of somehow placing the removed screws on your workspace so that you will remember which ones go back where. To this, I would mention that the four gray slide-out clips in the base (along the right-hand side above the DVD) easily fall out while you're attempting to remove the top case. If all four fall out then as a newbie you lose the original orientation of the clips and don't know how to put them back correctly. In fact, you might be confused about where they go at all. In removing my top case I found that the metal bracket in the front-left corner behaved as if it wasn't releasing, no matter what. It was just caught in the case and I spent thirty minutes trying to gently pry it out. Finally, thanks for your videos, they're well put together and good enough for getting the job done.
Michael
3 years ago
@Powerbook Medic - Just went through the process of taking apart the MacBook 13" (with basic DVD drive) to clear a drive-related problem related to dropping it (with subsequent/annoying CD-grinding sounds). This particular video doesn't mention that the bracket for that third screw *slides* left and right. After removing the screw it's important to now slide the bracket to the left-most position, releasing the pin on the right-hand side that holds the drive into the case. Otherwise the drive will not come out of the tight space it's lodged into. Also, the location of the third screw seems to have changed from your model to mine. My third screw was about 1/4" to the right of where yours seemed to be. On my MacBook, there's another screw to the left that isn't related to the DVD. This could confuse people. Lastly--and I can't stress this enough--the user shouldn't even attempt this if they don't have a one-piece (not socket-type) "000 phillips head screwdriver". The screws are exceedingly tiny and the spaces involved are tight. If attempting with the average style of big-handled socketed screwdriver there won't be any room to maneuver and the screw head will be stripped.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Mac - could be a short in the keyboard assembly somewhere, but that would be strange. Does it do it if you plug in the top case but not actually install it, just hold it up? Maybe part of the top case metal is shorting it out.
Mac
3 years ago
Quick Question: The Ac Adapter show the light on when plug in while the Keyboard assembly is pluged out. But when I plug it back the Ac Adapter Light is off and no Power. Can it be They keyboard/trackpad assembly issue or the system board or both ?
E.Marquez M.
3 years ago
Nice. Very didactic and seems easy
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Kevin - you really just follow the videos in reverse. If you don't feel comfortable, we do offer a repair service for $95 labor plus parts.
Kevin
3 years ago
Do you guys have videos showing how to put it all back together? Im not sure if i want to take it apart in fear of not being able to put it back together
Victor from Seattle
3 years ago
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You guys are awesome. I re-fit my RAM chips and bingo - it turns on. And I am enjoying my extra Macbook hard drive now!
Heidi
3 years ago
@PBMedic - That makes sense. Thank you very much!
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Heidi - yes you'll need to take the sled off the old drive and put it on the new one. We sell aftermarket hard drives so it doesn't come with the Apple specific parts pre-attached.
Heidi
3 years ago
The video doesn't decribe how to replace a Hard Drive, just how to remove the old one. The HD that I just received from PBMedic doesn't have the white pull tab. Do I take that assembly off the bad HD and install it on the new one? Surprised the new one didn't come with the faceplace and white pull tab already. Please help. I'm stuck :)
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Victor - is there no light on the power adapter plug either? If there isn't power there, it is typically an adapter issue. If there is power there, it may be loose RAM or the top case is not plugged in well after you put it back together.
Victor from Seattle
3 years ago
Love the videos! What is the most common reason for the Macbook (early 2008) not starting up (no indicator light either) after removing the optical drive and replacing it with an HD adapter (SKU1725711)? What have I messed up during my install?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Sue - it's best to find a refurbished one somewhere. They are extremely expensive new from Apple.
Sue
3 years ago
I have a Macbook 13" mode# A1181 with damaged logic board from a liquid spill on the keyboard. How much does it coast to replace the logic board?. Please help me in any way you can. Thank you
Bfrankjr
3 years ago
You guys are the best. Your videos are helping me prepare for Apple Certification
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@FranzS - it'll be the same procedure as any other computer so you should be able to find a guide. generally you'll want a thin coat of thermal grease where the chips contact the heat sink. thin and flat is generally the key.
FranzS
3 years ago
I'd like to ask if you can teach or show me how to apply thermal grease. Where and how do I apply it? I'll be replacing my fan, so might as well reapply thermal grease. Thank you very much.
Joe
3 years ago
One more tip to all -- when removing the super drive (optical or DVD drive) the screw closest to the LCD under the wires will be easier to remove using a spudger to move the wires out of your way.
Joe
3 years ago
@ Guy - check the inverter cable connection, may not be all the way in. Check the white connector (plugged in all the way) that plugs in the board covered by the clutch cover and the small black connector (pushed down flat all the way across) that you hookup on left of logic board that you put a black foam pad over.
Bobbie
3 years ago
Hey, I have to say that I would have never gotten the screen of the MacBook I am working on if not for this video. Thanks!
victor lopez
3 years ago
Wow! I think its just great how macbook realy represents it self in evrything U do its soo pro#1 U guys realy carry U'r label very proudly 5***** from me 2 the corp. stay strong.
Guy
3 years ago
I replaced my 13" LCD screen and now it just lights up dim, blue color. I know the macbook is working because if you insert a DVD you can hear it play. I just dont have any display. Did I do something wrong? the install was too easy...
P
3 years ago
Thanks so much for the PDF guide! Was really helpful! Managed to clean the heatsink without any issues.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Inder - you'll need a mini-dvi to hdmi adapter. it wont carry audio though. @Stefan - you'll need to remove the display. @John - make sure you aren't pinching the cable coming out the left hinge, that controls the backlight.
John
3 years ago
Loved your how to guides . Was able to replace lcd screen and put back together with only one problem. Had a bright blue screen until I pt on keyboard and final screwsin lcd bracket, now I am back to a dark screen. Any ideas?
Stefan
3 years ago
If i want to replace the backcase of my MacBook. Is it necessary to disconnect the display from the bottomcase or is there a workaround?
Inder
3 years ago
Hey, Which video cable to I need for my laptop to get it using hdmi, the model no is : a1181. Thanks
aj in boston
3 years ago
Thank you so much for your videos and pdf file - like LondonGuy, the battery stopped charging but it said it was "good" - i took it to the apple store and we tested a few things and they said it was the logic board and worse when i got home i couldn't even get power and i hadn't backed up my files for a while.. so i decided to try your pdf file and used a dust-off imitation to clean around magsafe board and contacts - it now seems to work! but i couldn't completely get the top back on on the side with those grey clips that fall out. i was afraid to force it too much. hope it's ok. my laptop seems fine for now anyway! Thanks so much!
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@GC - we do not.
GC
3 years ago
Do you have a video that shows how to replace a LCD on a 13 inch macbook (2009) without going inside the machine?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Jason - You should be able to just bend it back with a small screwdriver if I understand what your problem is. @Ken - i would check your RAM first and reseat it. After that, that issue is usually the logic board has gone bad.
Jason B
3 years ago
Hi, one of the metal contacts in my headphone jacks is bent in.. how is the best way to fix this? thanks
ken
3 years ago
Hey, when i on my completely powered off computer, the led light on the front turns on ( Sleep light) , but the computer does not start up. The fans do not run but the machine warms up after a while. Can you please advise me what to do!! Thanks
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@john - it takes practice, but it is replaceable without going into the machine. you'll need small fingers as plugging in the inverter board is tricky.
john
3 years ago
Hello..I wanted to know that my LCD is broken so to replace it do I have to remove the whole display from the body or it can be done without removing the display pannel..please reply.
Sean
4 years ago
Edit: I seem to have popped it out... Took way to much force in my opinion but i kept everything secure as possible and didnt break any clips.. Thx for the help and great video tuts.
Sean
4 years ago
Thanks for the quick response... I watched the video and double checked every screw is out from the back... it seems like the the optical drive area will not pry loose... when looking at the machine the left side comes up no problem... Im chipping plastic on the optical drive side... *sigh*
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Sean - make sure the screws are all out of the back of the machine. Other than that, there are 4 plastic clips there which sometimes requires some force to pop off. There isn't much of a trick to them.
Sean
4 years ago
Hey... I am having trouble getting the top case off right above the optical drive... It seems like it has another screw almost or something holding it too tight.... everything else feels like it wants to come up.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Vic - that is either a bad battery or it is not getting good contact inside the machine. @brigitte - the blinking question mark means it can't find an operating system, you may want to boot up from your install cd, and open up disk utility and scan the drive for errors.
brigitte
4 years ago
when i turn my Macbook on it shows a white back ground, with an file and question mark. How can i fix this? Do i need to replace my hard drive? Can i save my pictures on the Macbook?
Vic
4 years ago
I have a black X through my battery icon. Is it time for a new battery?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@LondonGuy - there is a slight possibility it can be the battery cable, but it'll most likely end up being the logic board.
LondonGuy
4 years ago
Hi. I have a Black Macbook. The battery won't charge but the charger is fine... and so is the battery. So it doesn't look good. Could it be anything other than the logic board?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Shriver - the sleep magnet goes to the left of the LCD behind the bezel. There is a little groove for it. @psantos - You'll go in reverse of this guide.
psantos
4 years ago
how do i put my macbook back together i am so confused?):
Shriver
4 years ago
Hey I need to know where exactly is the sleep magnet supposed to go?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Tayls - not really. It'll require a new bottom case.
Tayls
4 years ago
I seem to have bust the battery release mechanism, is there a good fix?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@NewMacGuy - you'll need to follow all of the videos through the Removing the Display segment.
NewMacGuy
4 years ago
Hi! How do I remove the bottom case??
Paul
4 years ago
What tools are required to replace the top case? I would like to know the exact ones to order from your site.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Ronuel - the blinking folder means it can't find an operating system. You'll need to boot up from your install cd unless you think your hard drive is not installed properly. Intel Macs don't have a bios like a windows pc would have. @whitemacbook - most likely something got shorted out. it could be the battery cable or the logic board. I would probably have it professionally diagnosed.
WHTEMACBOOK a1181
4 years ago
so a few months ago i shared a charger with a friend and from there on out neither of our computers would stay on without it being plugged in. so i just recently bought a new battery and it worked fine for about 30 seconds then powered off and immediately went back to do the same thing as before. it says the battery is fully charged while plugged in but every time i unplug it, it shuts off. anybody know what this could be? and how much it may cost to fix. thank you!
Ronuel Z.
4 years ago
It's my first time to repair an apple computer. I can repair windows computer. Can someone help me figure out the problem with a macbook a1181. Once I turn the power on the screen was white in there a folder with question mark in the middle. And how can i go to bios setup
Jonathan
4 years ago
@Samantha - what was your solution to the problem? My wife has an A1181 MacBook with a similar issue. Screen seems to almost lose the backlight maybe - you can still discern graphics being displayed, it's just as if it is on the lowest brightness setting/black.
NickT
4 years ago
Ok so I did a serial number breakdown and it says my processor architecture is T7300, but I can't find anything but a T7200(2.0) or T7400(2.16). What problems would I run into using either of those?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Nick - it is typically on or in between the RAM slots.
NickT
4 years ago
@PM yes I have that one. What I am asking is where on the logic board is the is the LB specific serial number? The one with "EEE" in it?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Nick - The machine serial number is in the battery bay.
NickT
4 years ago
How do I locate the Serial Number on my logic board so that I can purchase the correct replacement board
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Samantha - It sounds like it is probably something wrong with the GPU on the main logic board. I'd probably take it somewhere or send it to us for a free diagnosis.
Samantha H.
4 years ago
My macbook has been having an issue for a while where the screen will black out for a few seconds while I am using it. It comes back after 5 to 10 seconds and then is good for a while and does it again. It does it at random intervals while in use and typing, etc. Do you have any idea what might be causing this or what I may need to replace? I appreciate any insight as I am trying to determine if I can solve the issue myself or if I will need to take it in to get repaired. Thank You!
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Mitch - I would definitely try that first. The battery cable does indeed have the reed switch on it.
Mitch
4 years ago
One night I came home to find my Macbook (model A1811) sitting in a puddle of water thanks to my brother. I of course let it dry for a few days and at the end of this period I turned it on and was delighted to find that it worked perfectly except that even though the battery seemed to work (when I pressed the indicator button the green lights lit up to show the charge of the battery) the laptop seemed that I couldn't recognize it. I was fine with that as I could still use it plugged in. However, a few weeks later I found that when I tried to use my computer the screen was very dim and after a few seconds it would go to sleep. I could wake it up but it would just go to sleep after a few seconds again. If I turn it off and then power it back up the screen is fully bright and it gets part way through starting up and then goes to sleep. I can keep waking it up and then it gets a little farther along booting up, then it sleeps again. After doing this a few times I will get it started up, but since the screen then goes dim and it goes asleep every few seconds, my macbook is pretty much useless. From what I can tell it looks like my macbook thinks that it's closed. I did some research and it seems that the battery cable is the part responsible for sensing if it is closed or not and also since I have problems with it recognizing the battery would it be safe to assume that this is probably the part busted and the one that I should repair?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@LukeR - that is typically going to be the inverter cable getting pinched somewhere. Check it for any damage from the display to the inverter board and from the inverter board on the left side to the logic board. @Damian - There shouldn't be any cables there. Make sure you have all the screws removed on the back and you should at least be able to open it enough from the front to see where its snagged. @JerryG - logic board replacement is much easier.
JerryG
4 years ago
I have a MacBook with a broken hinge. I aquired another MacBook without a logic board. Is is easier to remove and replace the logic board or remove and replace the entire display?
Damian
4 years ago
Hey Guys thanks for your guides! But...I've got a problem.Tried to lift the top case like you showed, but i couldn't lift it, because there was a cable or hook in the corner where the power-button is and i wasn't able to lift it completly.Tried everything but didn't want to go to rude on it. Closed everything like i opened, but now my fan is very loud-it's getting quiet when I lift my macbook on the side where the power-button is located. Does someone have a clue how i can handle both problems? Especially to open the top case properly! Thanks from Germany
LukeR
4 years ago
It lights up when it is at certain angles or if i push on the back of it
LukeR
4 years ago
I redid the hinge but it still is very dark. Anything else that could be wrong?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@LukeR - most likely the inverter cable got unplugged or is getting pinched in the hinge area. I'd just go back in and make sure it looks right.
LukeR
4 years ago
I had a cracked screen so I bought a screen from Powerbookmedic. I just replaced it yesterday and it worked perfectly when i turned it on. I closed my computer and walked away. I came back later and the screen worked but it was completely dark so I could barely see anything. Is it a loose wire or something?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@DerekE - it sounds like it is most likely a display cable issue so I would check that first. after that, it is probably the LCD.
DerekE
4 years ago
I have a yellow line going down the left side of the LCD, and sometimes it loses the screen and goes completely white. Is something loose in there or will I need a complete LCD replacement?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@leo - if you installed a new hard drive, you'll have to format and reinstall your OS. If it is your old drive, it is not connected properly.
leo
4 years ago
i install the optical drive and the hard drive, into my macbook a1181 ,,and wen i turn on the only thing i see is a folder with the question mark in it ,,,, do i have to redo the windows or recovery disk
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@lhonski - That sounds like a possible logic board problem. You may want to send it to us or someone locally to be diagnosed.
lhonski
4 years ago
hi! how do you manage to fix random shut down and freezes on macbook white? Last time I opened the topcase, I found out that one of the thermistor connector is not connected (a black plastic that holds black and gray cable is broken). After connecting those cables to the logicboard (without the black plastic I mentioned), I only experience rare freezes and shutdown. No freezes sometimes. I also experiencing hard reset and sometimes need to do SMC reset 10-15 times before it boots normally. My pattern is when I hear the dvd drive is making sound that means it will boot ok. My macbook is 2nd gen 1.83Ghz core2duo with snow leopard 10.6.4. Thanks.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@FranzS - you'll have to go into the machine to check. It should be pretty easy to spot if there is any corrosion on the logic board.
FranzS
4 years ago
It wasn't a lot of water/cleanser though, I think just a few drops because I got the cotton soaked to much. So I'm assuming the problem is just the keyboard?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@surferdude - that's a common problem with that port where it gets stuck in optical mode. Sometimes you can fix it by reinserting a headphone jack several times until the light goes off. Other than that, it is a logic board problem and it needs to be repaired or replaced.
surferdude
4 years ago
my headphone jack is lit up red, and speakers wont play because of it. screen shows that it's muted but it isn't. any ideas?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Diego - the center is the shorter of the 3.
Diego
4 years ago
Are the three screws on the bottom of the macbook the same size? More specifically is the center larger then the back two on the bottom? I'm having trouble putting back the screws after installing a new top case
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@FranzS - The keyboard is built into the top case, so if that needs to be replaced, you'll have to replace the top case. With water damage though, it may have trickled down onto the logic board and killed it.
FranzS
4 years ago
EDIT I was cleaning and it got wet.
FranzS
4 years ago
I have a problem with my keyboard, I was cleaning it and now some keys doesn't work and some hanged up (they keep typing the same letter). Now the power switch doesn't work too. Do I need to replace the keyboard only or the whole top case?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@hussain - you may be able to replace it by itself, but you probably won't be able to find it sold that way.
hussain
4 years ago
hi the i sight works perfectly the only problem is the mic. can i change a cable alone or will i have to change the whole i sight assembly please let me know
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@hussain - the mic is part of the isight assembly. Does your iSight still work? We currently don't carry the part, but if you scroll down to the bottom of this page there is a Request a Part link.
hussain ragaban
4 years ago
i own a macbook black and every time i used the microphone for chatting people on the other side would complain off loud noise that started when ever the fan started working then suddenly the microphone stopped working is there any guide on replacing the microphone with its wire thank you very much in advance for your excelent videos
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@ Mackenzie - Your inverter cable is likely loose or getting pinched. I'd go in and make sure the connections are secure and the cable is not damaged.
Mackenzie
4 years ago
My MacBook screen does not light up (or very faint) from sleep mode. I have to move the screen back and forth before it will light up again. Do you think the screen cable is loose or the inverter need replacement? BTW, it is the same when powering up. If the screen is faint, I have to move the screen back and forth until it light up again.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Ed - I usually slide one side of the clip in and then gently use a flathead screwdriver to bend the other side inward until it slips in.
Ed
4 years ago
I pulled the plasitc clips of fthe bezel and I am trying to intall them into the metal frames. Any trick to doing that?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Ed - its best to take the small plastic clips off the bezel and install them into the metal frames and then snap the bezel back on.
Ed
4 years ago
Any trick to getting the peel off bezel to snap back in?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
There should be several guides online about how to remove stripped screws. We don't have any secret method.
Foli
4 years ago
Hello, I was thinking of replacing my fan, but one of the screws head got worn out and i cant remove the screw. Any suggestions? Thanks
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@max - Our site does support coupons.
max
4 years ago
do coupons work here, then like for discounts and stuff?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@max - yes it is compatible.
max
4 years ago
hello powerbook medic, i see that you have a Quickertek Ncard 802.11.n Upgrade for MacBooks. will it work with my 2.0 ghz intel core duo macbook, not the core 2 duo. is it compatible?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Jen - LED backlit screens are not compatible with the original MacBooks.
Jen
4 years ago
How much would it cost for installation of a new LED screen for my macbook?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Conor - You can try to pop off the keys and clean underneath them, but it's impossible to get it all. It's best just to replace the keyboard.
Conor
4 years ago
I spilled coffee on my keyboard. Some of the keys work, while others don't. Is this possible to clean without replacing the keyboard?
Steph
4 years ago
Thank you so much. Yes i would probably try that. I am college student and money is the issue right now and having macbook that cant run off the battery is inconvenient. It just wont charge but will run off the battery if there is any charge. Sorry for blowing up your wall.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Steph - you can. You may want to open it up and see if you just need to clean off the contacts inside.
Steph
4 years ago
Which is pretty expensive, but do you think i should give it a try and try the battery connector because it worked before? Also; sometimes if i have the battery charged from a different laptop, and it runs off the battery without the adapter, but does show the 'x' symbol.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Steph - we offer free diagnosis and if we are able to repair it, it is $95 plus part cost.
Steph
4 years ago
how much would it cost for you to look at it?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Steph - With water damage, it is more likely going to end up being the logic board which can be very expensive to repair. I'd advise taking it somewhere or sending it off to us to look at.
Steph
4 years ago
i went to the macbook store and they said that there is water damage but then the last time he checked the macbook was running off the battery just fine, but now that he checked it again the battery symbol just showed X. He said it possibly be the connector or the logic board so what should i do ?
Steph
4 years ago
i went to the macbook store and they said that there is water damage but then the last time he checked the macbook was running off the battery just fine, but now that he checked it again the battery symbol just showed X. He said it possibly be the connector or the logic board so what should i do ?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Steph - There are three possibilities: the battery itself, the cable, and the logic board. If you have a friend with a macbook, I'd try another battery first.
steph
4 years ago
also the battery is new. it shows a no charging symbool
Steph
4 years ago
for some reason my computer wont detect the battery should i buy a battery connector that might fix it?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@tenzin - you should just need a phillips screwdriver for that repair.
tenzin
4 years ago
which screw driver should i use to replace the airport card on my A1181 macbook then?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Mike - The safest procedure is to remove the components. There is a shortcut where you can go directly though the LCD, but it can be difficult and you need to know what you're doing so you don't damage other components.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@tenzin - make sure it is an airport card problem and not an antenna issue. The best way is to just move the macbook directly next to the access point and see if it works fine. If it doesn't you can upgrade the airport card to an n-card available from our site.
tenzin
4 years ago
okay my macbook A1181 airport doesn't work anymore and so i've decided that i want to upgrade it to a faster connection. is it upgradable? if it is can you give me the link to the part?
Mike
4 years ago
I have a broken MacBook screen, do I need to do every single one of these steps to reapir it? How do I reassemble it? Thanks
Mike
4 years ago
I have a broken MacBook screen, do I need to do every single one of these steps to reapir it? How do I reassemble it? Thanks
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@ Sam E. - Technically you can leave them off. They hold the hard drive a little snugger in place and help prevent the drive again impact though.
Sam E.
4 years ago
Your video was great help. Thanks a lot. One question, I can't get those rubber bumpers to stay in place around the hard drive, they keep squishing. can I just leave them off?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Dugalo - the infrared sensor is in the front near where the hard drive goes.
Dugalo
4 years ago
MacBook 1181...all OK but FRONT ROW sensor, light at startup..any ideas ?? is connector the one by the DVD connector ??
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@ron - if your entire display is wobbly, you'll need to tighten the hinges under the top case.
ron
4 years ago
is there a way to tighten the screen
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@ john g - With a spill it's hard to know without swapping out the components. On a Macbook usually the only affected part is the logic board and or top case.
john g
4 years ago
Thanks for the video. It has been very helpful. Water was spilled on the keyboard of my macbook. I have determined that the hard drive and battery still work. How can I determine what other parts of the machine still work without swaping out each individual piece?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Tenzin - if you are connecting fine at close range, that typically means the card is fine and you just have a signal strength issue because of the antenna being unplugged or damaged. You can check the airport assembly video, but we really don't get into diagnosing problems.
Tenzin
4 years ago
is there a way to diagnose it? do you have a video of that. i dont know but it could be my airport card or the antenna. usually these airport problems is the card, right? sorry for all the questions.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Tenzin - it is usually going to be something with the antenna. It may have just come unplugged or it may have gotten damaged in the hinges.
Tenzin
4 years ago
My airport doesn't work as good as it did. it used to work fine but now the best connection i can get is putting it right near the base station. And I mostly get two bars or sometimes three. i went to the apple store. and they said that i need a replacement for my airport. do i really need a replacement or is it just my antennas or software error. please help powerbook medic.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Tenzin - You'd have the A1181. The newer unibody models are A1342 and only came in white.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@ mark uk - You might want to try a new power adapter first. It sounds like it is having intermittent power failures which will cause your machine to turn off if your battery is also dead.
mark uk
4 years ago
my late 2007 battery failed ages ago (should have taken back while still guaranteed), so relying on mains power, but it has just started to turn itself off, dont know if it is mains adaptor so i would like to take it apart and check for dust before sending it away to be fixed and i'm worried that i,ll just make it worse. has anybody else had this problem? if so how did you fix it?
Tenzin
4 years ago
Hello, is there any difference from the macbook 13" A1181 and macbook 13" A1342. i don't know which version i have. i just know i have the black 13" macbook.
dew
4 years ago
Just replaced top cover and Keyboard, using the instructional video here, I also called repair w/ a small question, really pleasant tech. answered all needed to know. It works like NEW. I will always order or have my Mac repaired with you. Thanks again and best regards.Dave
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Gordon - the board would need to be repaired or replaced. You can send it to us for either by going up to Send-In Mac Service above.
Gordon
4 years ago
The tip of my headset plug snapped off in the speaker port. I've tried using a tiny bit of epoxy on either the other part of plug or a small wooden dowel to glue it to the bit in the port to pull it out without luck. It looks like the port is integrated on the mother board. Can it be replaced? Or are there any other solutions to fix this?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@prossikika - it is probably the logic board then, I'd take it somewhere to get diagnosed.
prossikika
4 years ago
tried... still nothing...
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@prossikika - try reseating the RAM, it sounds like it may have gotten loose.
prossikika
4 years ago
removed new keyboard , noticed yello trans tape. did not see any on old k/b so I removed it. Re-assembled. no click sound heard any more, but puter still not booting. Blak screen only, no chime ...... did I kill the puter??
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@ prossikika - Where is the clicking sound coming from exactly?
prossikika
4 years ago
just replaced keyboard and now when try to turn on I only here a clicking sound... andy suggestions?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Amanda - if it is just the LCD that is damaged you can take a shortcut and just replace the LCD, but reconnecting the cables can be tricky this way.
Amanda
4 years ago
Our screen on our Macbook 13" is completely demolished. Do we need to disassemble the whole computer in order to replace the screen ?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@ prossikika - I'd first check your trackpad cable to verify it is properly connected.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@ Louie - The first thing to try is reinstalling the OS from your restore CDs. It could just be a corrupt OS.
prossikika
4 years ago
Macbook 13" replaced fan . after reassembly computer does not power up. any suggestions??
Louie
4 years ago
Please Help! My MacBook (Aluminum) shows nothing but a folder with question mark. I have tried all basic stems. It seems major. Do I need a new hard drive? will it work?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@jonnyG - I doubt you would have touched anything around there during your repair, but you may want to check the contacts on both the battery and the battery cable inside the bay. see if they are loose or dirty in anyway. other than that i'd try to find a friend with a battery to try out and go from there.
jonnyG
4 years ago
It seems to be charging the battery, but very slowly (the amber light is on on the cord connector) but jumps between showing battery and power cord on the top tool bar. Could be a bad battery, but it is a recent replacement.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@jonnyG - does it detect the battery in the operating system?
Vanessa
4 years ago
@ Nikki- You can go to any Apple store and they will diagnose your Macbook for free.
jonnyG
4 years ago
I replaced a screen on a MacBook as per video, now it'll only work if the power cord is attached and turns off as soon as it's disconnected. I did not disconnect anything after the 'wireless card removal' part, so I guess it's something to do with me taking out the battery at the start of the job, or a 'sensor' of some kind where the cord attaches. Any ideas? Thanks!
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@J Jim - The area does not need to be cleaned. You can apply a small amount of thermal paste if it appears to be needing it.
Jim Weg
4 years ago
I noticed what appears to be silver paste between the fan assembly and the cpus. Does this area need to be cleaned and the pasted replaced?
Jim Weg
4 years ago
Please note that the fan assembly doesn't need to be removed in order to remove the battery cable...
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@ Zach - For the hard drive, just follow the videos in order to the hard drive. For the optical drive, follow the videos in order to through the top case, and then go to the optical drive video.
Zach
4 years ago
I just ordered a new hard drive and optical drive from you guys. What steps will I have to go through once they're installed into my macbook? I'm just curious if all I'll have to do is install OSX again or something else.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Nikki - it sounds like a logic board problem. I'd probably have it professionally diagnosed.
Nikki
4 years ago
can someone please help? I was on my macbook and my screen turned orange and froze. i turn my computer off. and now it won't restart. the power light comes on and a thin line flashes across the screen but nothing happens from there. i can slightly hear a fan or something running if i put my ear up to the bottom. i don't know what's wrong so i don't know how to fix it!
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@ Ramsss - Clean the fan, and if that doesn't fix it, replace it.
Ramsss
4 years ago
Thanks and what do you recommend? Change the fan? or something else is happening?
Ramsss
4 years ago
Thanks and what do you recommend? Change the fan? or something else is happening?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Ramsss - You can open up the unit and blow the fans out with compressed air. It's unlikely to help much however. To see the fam removal, click on the fan assembly video.
Ramsss
4 years ago
The fans of my 13" macbook start spining really fast when im watching a youtube video or using a heavy application, i know this should be normal but they were not like this before, they used to spin really fast when i was doing a lot things, i think they have a lot dirt inside of them, is there a way to clean them without having to remove them? do yo have any video or manual because i didnt find any
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Jackie - it is most likely going to be a more severe issue. If your battery is still recharging and it can't turn on, it will be a problem with the logic board most likely.
Jackie
4 years ago
macbook will not start up and has a faint smell like something is burning. Has labored to start up before and got only to the apple screen, but now will not start at all. Could this be power supply or something similar?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@greeneyes - You'll most likely need a new superdrive.
greeneyes
4 years ago
my computer won't read any DVDs or CDs! any suggestions to fix this problem?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@HELP - You'll most likely need to replace the top case.
HELP!
4 years ago
My trackpad works fine but the mouse button does not. You have to press down really hard and even then it sometimes still does not respond. What's wrong?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Munkey - with all those issues it is probably a logic board problem. You might want to take it somewhere to get diagnosed and see if it is worth fixing.
Munkey
4 years ago
Hello, I have many problems... my battery will not charge, my disk drive doesn't work and now there is just a blue screen and nothing will load. I think it's safe to say good bye but I just wondered if there is anything I can do before I get rid of the ol' girl?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Chris - There is a magnet that goes on the left side of the screen which controls the sleep when you close the lid. This most likely didn't get put back or is crooked.
Chris
4 years ago
I just replaced the lcd in my macbook, but now it isn't sleeping after closing the lid. Could you detail exactly witch piece on the board controls this. I'm certain I've got the magnet back on the lcd in the right place.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Djgoldengorilla - You can use our ID Your Mac page above to help you determine what type of mac you have.
Djgoldengorilla
4 years ago
I have a Macbook 13" Santa Rosa Model and i want to replace the keyboard and top case and get a new battery, but when i try to look for the model # or any info about the different parts of my mac they have completely diferent numbers and letters as every other mac model. how do i simplify this or where am i not looking. On the system profiler, the numbers here dont match any model ive found on the internet. Please help. Thanks for your time.
John Wilson
4 years ago
Forgot password to laptop is the anyway to get in the computer because it locked
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@basil - you may want to call our customer support department.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@munch - You just put it back the same way.
basil
4 years ago
I just replaced the screen I purchased from you and I can see a faint image on the screen but the backlit is not coming on.I took it apart again to check all connections and foremost the inverter wires but it will not come on. I guess the screen is faulty or something else may be wrong that you may be able to help me with.
munch
4 years ago
would you just put the screen back the same way or is there something you might need to do to replace the other screen?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Mike - yes, you can replace the screen without taking the entire machine apart. It can be tricky reconnecting the cables, but it is possible just by removing the bezel and loosening up the clutch cover.
Mike
4 years ago
Is it possible to replace a cracked LCD screen *without* removing the lid from the machine?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Omalley - Replacing the keys is purely for cosmetic purposes. If the keys do not function, you'll likely need to replace the keyboard / top case assembly.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@stranger - I would try powering the machine down, taking out the battery for awhile, and then trying to boot it up again. If the machine overheated, it may have damaged the main logic board.
stranger40
4 years ago
I really need some help,my daughter has a mac book 13" and she was listening to music lastnight and closed the lid and then when she started it back up it gave a blank screen. Anyone know what happened and how do I fix it. Thanks if you can help
Omalley
4 years ago
2 of my keys stopped working. I bought 2 keys from you and changed them and they still don't work. Do I have to change the keyboard?
michael
4 years ago
Great topcase/keyboard removal vid! With the 'decoy' case screws I can never remember the right ones to remove. A very successful topcase/keyboard replacement, purchased from powerbookmedic. Thanks!
Rolando Alvarez
4 years ago
also put something down so you don't scratch your laptop, i use a towel (watch for static and keep yourself grounded) and for the screws i use a some pillboxes its very obvious that they dont care about the laptop by the way its put together on the intro video
carloe
4 years ago
These repair guides saved me a lot of money, and even better, gave me the chance to tinker with my Macbook! The only big problem I had was not putting the Memory back in properly. It took more 'push' than I thought it needed. In the end, I successfully replaced my screen with the one I bought from PowerbookMedic. Thanks!!!
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Jennifer - The LCD is fairly straightforward. Just make sure you remember to plug in the inverter cable properly or you won't get a backlight.
Jennifer
4 years ago
I'm not an experienced computer person, but the replacement of a LCD screen does not seem that complicated. Before I attempt the replacement, how difficult is it really? Is it easy to break the cables before u get to the LCD screen.
Brandon in AL
4 years ago
Great. Thank you. I purchased a replacement super drive (after dropping my mac) and installed it myself thanks to your great products and informational videos
nimo
4 years ago
Just swapped the keyboard on a powerbook - thanks for the guide! Note: in the "Top Case & Trackpad" video, the wrong screw is pointed to at 1:36, but the correct one removed at 2:28. - I started to early :)
Pdavis
4 years ago
Thank you so much!!!! I think the mac store quoted me a price of 800... No thank you! I didnt buy the lcd from you but you gained some loyalty out of me bc of these videos. Again thanks
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Eshaani - That can possibly be a corrupt operating system. You can try to repair disk permissions with Disk Utility or you may have to reinstall your OS.
Eshaani Patel
4 years ago
Umm, i deleted some applications by mistake and i was getting them back from the 'trash' to 'applications'. i had to go somewhere urgently so i shut the macbook. i repeat i just close down the macbook i did not shut it down. and now when i try on-ing it it won't own. there is just some blank blue screen there. nothing happens. i tried leavin it for one night on and even tried to finish the battery but whenever i try oning, there is only a blank blue screen. plz plz plz please HELP ME!!!!
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
No, there is no calibration to make. The screens are plug and play. You can adjust the settings to your liking in the Displays preference pane in System Preferences.
Gianluca
4 years ago
Thank you very much for your videos! I changed my broken display on a macbook 13". Do you know if I have to make some calibration?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
It could be that your cable came disconnected after you reconnected it. That cable is also responsible for the power button, so if it is disconnected, you machine won't turn back on.
Spike
4 years ago
I removed the top case to clean the fan, then put it back, reattached the ribbon cable... and now my laptop won't start at all. No beep, even. I wonder where I screwed up. Damn. :/
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Malki - It isn't that difficult. Just put it back on top to the point you can reconnect it and then put it all the way on top without pulling it or you may pull it free again.
Malki
4 years ago
Really great guide on how to take the topcase off a macbook. My only concern with putting a new one on is the ribbon cable attached to the logic board. Is this an easy thing to attach? Do you have a video that shows this? Thanks again, Malki
Ruben
4 years ago
Thank you for your great videos. they are very informative and easy to follow.
Felipe
4 years ago
Fantastic video!! I really appreciate it! This is extremely helpful! Thank you!
Jim Pitman
4 years ago
Absolutly Wonderful, experienced in laptop repair but never worked on macbook before. Clearspoken, good visual. 5 Stars
PowerBook Medic
4 years ago
Removing the heat sink is not necessary to remove the fan is all Tim is saying. The video is just showing a complete removal of the entire assembly.
tweak
4 years ago
why what happends?
Tim
4 years ago
this fan removal guide... if u are just replacing the fan... you should NOT remove the heat sink, unless you plan on reattaching it properly
Cyber Fighters
4 years ago
Thanks so much. Your videos make it easy to replace mac parts. I look to buy all my macs parts from you guys.
Plamen Dimitrov
4 years ago
Thank you guys. The video and materials in your website are great and have helped me a lot to replace parts. Thank again Plamen New Zealand/China
Shannon Brown
4 years ago
This is great.. i already do a lot of things on my own .. with these guides im unstoppable GREAT GREAT GREAT !!!1
Rafay
5 years ago
Very Helpful!! Thank you.
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