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MacBook Pro 15" (A1226)

Submitted By: powerbookmedic
Approved On: 9/10/09
Description: This manual is for the MacBook Pro 15" (A1226) model. This is also referred to as the Santa Rosa from the name of the chipset and this was the first model with the LED-backlit screens.
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Comments (308):

Powerbook Medic
1 month ago
@chris - we don't really provide support on component level logic board repair. That issue is usually a problem with the top case with the reed switch near the trackpad.
chris
1 month ago
I am beginning the process of repairing the fault in the logic board that causes the mbp to sleep randomly, could you list tools, equipment and or parts that will be needed to perform the repair
Powerbook Medic
2 months ago
@Carmela - sometimes you can get lucky with a magnet getting it out, but the proper way is removing the logic board.
Powerbook Medic
2 months ago
@Dovie - I'm not sure what you mean. The screen isn't connected to the hard drive.
Carmela
2 months ago
Thanks, all the videos were most helpful and I was able to successfully swap out the LCD screen on my Mac Book Pro. I did make one little minor booboo though. I accidentally put one of the Top Case Screws into the screw hole for the DVI port. Any ideas on how to get it out?
Dovie Hodgin
2 months ago
How do you disconnect the screen from the hard drive?
Powerbook Medic
3 months ago
@Gary - technically you can, but they typically only come with the top case, and installing a previously removed one generally won't go back on very well.
Gary Bridger
3 months ago
my 2011 15 inch MBP power button will not work. Cannot afford to have the top replaced, Can just the power buton be replaced ?
Klaus
7 months ago
Thank you for providing spare parts AND video instructions - everything is OK now (replaced fan), Kind Regards from Germany!
Domingo
7 months ago
@PowerbookMedic: I have the same/similar issue as @Jenni. Will that logic board and/or graphics chip fall within your 'Mac Logic Board Repair Program'?
helmut
9 months ago
thanks for the perfect video! it helped me very much?
cris
1 year ago
thanks! i followed your tips and changed the magsafe on a a1226 with one i bought from you and it works great. very useful and very cheap repair.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Claudio - what information are you needing? If you are not sure what model you have, you can put your serial number into the Parts By Serial page at the top of our site.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Jenni - it is most likely an issue with the logic board overheating or the graphics chip itself. you may want to check if your fans are working properly and possibly reapply some thermal paste onto the logic board. otherwise, the logic board may need to be repaired or replaced.
Miles
1 year ago
@Jenni: It seems you have a known problem with this model. It is a NVIDIA issue. search for "a1226" and "NVIDIA issue" and you will get a lot of hits
Claudio
1 year ago
u missed showing the the disconnection procedures of the other end of the wires that connect to the mother board and helps to identify and compare it to our own computer. No?
Jenni
1 year ago
My computer randomly becomes very pixelated and the screen turns partially green and freezes. Sometimes when I restart after this the apple logo is also pixelated and green. Appears to be frozen but I hear my email login if I wait even though I can only see the loading screen. Also overheats very easily. Any idea what this might be? Thank you.
Mike
1 year ago
Jerry - Same issue with the clamp. In fact, I'm up to two clamps now. Wondering if you got your problem resolved and how?
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Miguel - If it has a charged battery and won't turn on while plugged in, it'll be the logic board. If the battery is dead and there is no light on the plug, it may be just the magsafe or power adapter itself.
Miguel
1 year ago
Hello Guys yes that video was very nice I got some good ideas how to take apart my A1226 macpro thank you guys you are genius my mac pro A1226 do not power on please let me know what is the problem if will cost a lot of money thanks again
NAT KOBITZ
1 year ago
AWESOME. YOU MADE A TRIAL A SNAP
sarif
1 year ago
Awesome, that's helpful. please, add all kind of laptop repair video.
Jerry
1 year ago
Looks like the backlight is dying, when screen turns any shade of red, its a sign that the backlight is dying, that is if you have the LCD and not the LED
Charles
1 year ago
I hope so... my new screen is on the way...
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Charles - starting to sound more likely an LCD issue.
Charles
1 year ago
By looking hard, I noticed there seem to be different problems on the display : It is all pink with vertical lines (one line of pixels of two) There is also an intermittent problem with the light of the screen (at the bottom end of the screen, I can see that one "stripe of light" (approximately 3 cm wide) on two is sometimes not working). any idea ????
Charles
1 year ago
I opened the MBP. All cables seem to be ok... Can we be absolutely certain it is not a problem of the logic board ? (bad video information sent to display) If yes, I will get a complete display for my MBP.
Charles
1 year ago
Thank U. I will try to open my MBP and see if the cables look ok or not.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Charles - it can be the LCD, the display cable, or the connection on the logic board. If the issue changes depending on the angle of the display it is more likely to be the cable.
Charles
1 year ago
Hello, I have a display problem : my screen is totally pink and stripped. The external video output works perfectly, so, it is not the GPU. What do you think it could be ? Thanks a lot.
bena
1 year ago
hi medic just got a macbook pro A1226 model just today in campus i downloaded mozila fire fox for mac.i installed it well i even managed to configure internet settings on it .problem is after i shut it down on turning it on the display doesnt come on although the lights on the keyboard and on the charger comeon..kindly tell me if its my 15inch lcd display is badd or wat and how much it costs in ur shop
Cathy
1 year ago
I have a Macbook Pro a1226, 15 inch. I opened my laptop one day to find the bottom third of my screen fully blurred as tho smeared vertically. I can bring the view back to normal if I squeeze just right in the lower right part of the screen/lid (also get other weirdnesses if I don't press just right), so I'm guessing it's a bad or loose connection. Is there a way to repair this without buying a new screen? Thanks so much for any advice.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Mike - it can still be the backlight itself which would require a new LCD, or it can be the magsafe board on these models which power the backlight.
Mike McBride
2 years ago
Replaced my screen and the inverter but I still have a black screen or should say no back light. What could be the problem?
Calvin
2 years ago
I just got a new adapter and have a green indicator light, holding the power button down, the fans come on, black screen and no chime
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Calvin - you usually look at the light on the adapter. If it is a known working adapter and it doesn't light up, it is usually the magsafe. If it is red (not amber), it is typically the logic board.
Calvin
2 years ago
How would chk . the magsafe board to see if it's good? Thx
TonyBaloney
2 years ago
quote"@John - if it doesn't close well, that could be the issue itself. There is a magnet in the display that hits the sensor in the bottom that activates sleep mode. If the magnet is not aligned correctly, it won't activate"- i replaced the screen and noticed the leftover magnet after i putit back on,can you please point out the exact location of the magnet?a1226,thanks a bunch!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Richard - it takes quite a bit to get it off. Not a super easy thing to do like it was in the older Powerbooks.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Carter - we'd really have to see it in shop.. you can open it up and check connections. They may not have connected everything back.
Richard
2 years ago
Can the top lcd cover be removed without a lot of dismantling. My case is showing wear and was considering get a repaint as there does not seem to be any clip on cases for the A1226
Carter
2 years ago
I bring my MacBook pro to the genius to tell me why I havenot Geting and wifi.,they say they will check it out ,when they give me back the Mac They told me it need a fan and wifi box, I try to turn it on .but no power.,help.cause it was working all this time ,only the wifi was not working.
stephane
2 years ago
Hi sergio Your connection could be loose. I have replace an led today and turn it on and it lit up for a split of a second and shut down. I then did a control - command - power button hold for more than five seconds for your system to shut down. I open it again and really made sure that the monitor was connected properly without being loose ( use two tweesers for that) and voila it turned on without a problem.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@ Bob - No, we currently don't have a video that shows the changing of the top case flex cable.
Bob
2 years ago
Is there a video that details how to remove and install a new top case flex cable for Model A1226? After looking at how my current cable is installed it doesn't seem too difficult, however there are some places where some tape must be removed in order to disconnect the wire completely.
Sergio
2 years ago
But I'm in Argentina ..... is absolutely impossible for them to see the computer .... the only thing I can think of is to send you a video with the failure ...
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Sergio - we'd really have to see it in shop and diagnose it at this point.
Sergio
2 years ago
Have any other suggestions? Algon driver to install? or something to do? thanks
Sergio
2 years ago
Hello, I already did and still under the same conditions...
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Sergio - that typically means you have some setting that is incompatible, such as a strange resolution. I'd first try resetting the PRAM by holding down Apple-Option-P-R during boot until it reboots itself.
Sergio
2 years ago
Hello, I bought you an LED display and received yesterday, replaced it and when the system is booting, the screen turns on and you see the apple, but when you lift the operating system, the screen turns off and the system does not recognize it. .. How I can fix this?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Kevin - it is usually caused by a short.. it could be a screw out of place or a bare wire rubbing up against the chassis.
Kevin
2 years ago
Everything seems to have settled down without me having to take it all back apart. Is it possible I didn't have some of the wiring back in its little track, etc. and it was touching something it wasn't supposed to? The other odd thing is that the light sensor(s) seem to have stopped working as well, even though I never had them out of the computer. I don't WANT to take it all apart again (or rock the boat if it's working ok)...
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Calvin - there are three possibilities.. the adapter, the magsafe board, and the logic board.
Calvin
2 years ago
Hello, I have an MBP A1226 w/no power at all. Whre should I start with troubleshooting? I ordered a 85w pwr.supply from you guys, still no luck
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Kevin - yeah that typically happens if you switch around some screws. It can also happen if there is something metallic (like a missing screw) underneath one of the boards that is causing a short. All you can really do in this case is take it all apart and start from scratch and check everything.
Kevin
2 years ago
Ok, so on a whim I opened the top case and tried all the critical connections again, taking time to remove and examine the video connection, which looks in perfect condition. When I put MOST of the top case back on, minus the two T6 screws neat the RAM cards, the 00philips screw on the back left by the magsafe card, the two 00philips screws inside the battery bay by the latch, and the RAM cover, all worked fine, I was able to reboot, etc...yay! But when I put all those other things back in (oh, the battery was out too for this), including the battery, I again have no screen. So I took all those things back out again, and sometimes I can boot, other times I get screechy, scratchy sounds from the speakers and it will hang at the "Omm" startup sound, over and over and over...I am guessing maybe something around the area of the magsafe card is loose now? It was suggested I might have some longer screws where shorter ones go, etc., but I was very careful to pull all back where they belong...
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Kevin - sorry, we are closed on the weekend. First check if the machine is actually booting up. Easy test is to see if you can hear the volume adjusting once you think its had time to boot up. Then I would check and make sure the backlight is just not working. If you look real close, you may be able to make out an image. If you can, check your inverter board connections, otherwise you most likely shorted out your logic board. You can send it to us for a free diagnosis if you like.
Kevin
2 years ago
Nothing at all on this? This has to be fairly common, I must be missing something obvious I would think?
Kevin
2 years ago
I just replaced the bottom case on my 2006 MBP (model A1211). I previously replaced the top case, optical, and disk drives and all has been running as good as new for months. I used the instructions on to replace the bottom case, following the instructions exactly. Now when I go to turn the computer on, the screen doesn't turn on. I thought maybe a connection or screw was loose, so I disconnected and reconnected everything. All connections are tight, no screws are loose or missing. What am *I* missing??
Vivian
2 years ago
Hello! I have a late 2011 MacBook Pro 15" model and I'm going to replace the top case trackpad keyboard assembly unibody part. Which tools should I use to perform the replacement or should they be the same as the ones mentioned in the video?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Naomi - not sure I've ever heard of this issue. You may want to get it professionally diagnosed by us or a local repair shop.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Chris - it may be the LCD itself or the magsafe board. There isn't a good way to tell which is the culprit.
Naomi
2 years ago
Hi I have a MacBook pro and recently the cursor and screens have started randomly jerking. When this happens the track pad can't override it. I've also tried a mouse. Any idea what the problem could be?
Chris
2 years ago
Just to clarify, the screen is black but there is a visible lighting source that appears mostly around the bottom of the screen when the unit is powered on.
Chris
2 years ago
I'm trying to repair a friend's A1226 macbook pro. The LCD backlight comes on when powered up but there is no display, and it appears to not boot all the way up (no keyboard lighting, no light on front). When I plug in an external monitor, I get a background image (but no desktop), and the computer appears to finish booting (keyboard backlit, front light on). After reading around the web and watching your videos, I replaced the video cable but there is no change. Any thoughts?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@marc - I would check all your connections, reseat them, and try again. Besides that, you may want to contact your repair department for more ideas and options getting it diagnosed.
marc
2 years ago
i was attempting to fix the fans on my macbook pro a1226 and when i put it back together the display doesnt power on, any i checked what i could to see the issue but found nothing. Any tips?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@John - if it doesn't close well, that could be the issue itself. There is a magnet in the display that hits the sensor in the bottom that activates sleep mode. If the magnet is not aligned correctly, it won't activate.
John
2 years ago
I have an MBP 2007 (A1226) that does not want to go into sleep mode. Guess I need to replace the sleep sensor? I also noticed it latches not well and therefore closes with difficulty. Cheers
Emmanuel
2 years ago
Thank you so much for your answer. Best, Emmanuel
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Emmanuel - you should be able to request a replacement disk from Apple. Last we were told, it was in the $20-30 range.
Emmanuel
2 years ago
I mean, can i download the original installer dvd from somewhere, and make a copy to use it as a booteable disc so i could reinstall the os? :(
Emmanuel
2 years ago
Hi People. I have a really BIG problem. I have lost the original installer disc for A1226 and i need to re-install the ox from step 0, as i totally erased the hard disc, including i guess, the former operative sistem. Please advice. Kind regards.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@andy - you can run all versions of OS X including Mountain Lion.
andy
2 years ago
he everyone I have macbook pro a1226 and I m wondering what version of os x I can use for it other than the original one thanx
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Stanc - vertical lines are typically an issue with the video chipset. Given the new issue, most likely your logic board went bad. I'd advise getting it professionally diagnosed at this point.
Stanc
2 years ago
My MBP won't start when I press the power button; just all of a sudden, a few days ago, it would not start. I've been having display problems for several weeks, with a vertical striation throughout the display; sometimes going white opaque, sometimes red or green or blue opaque; no, it won't power on. What could be the problem?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Ron - it sounds like either a defective panel or it is defaulting to an unsupported resolution.. so when it gets to the OS where it changes to the higher resolution it goes black. Typically you would adjust it with a pram reset or from an external but it looks like you've tried that, so it is probably a bad panel.
Ron H
2 years ago
@Powerbook Medic: Have a MBP A1226 that I just replaced the screen on. Both screens are the N154C6-L01 screen. The original is glossy, the replacement is matte. When I power the unit on, the screen comes on fine, I get the Apple and spinning gear. As soon as the machine boots OSX (10.6.8 w/SMC and EFI update) the screen goes black. I get picture on an external display, and it says that there's no screen detected. Any ideas what else I can try here? I've booted it from a good external os, I've reset PRAM and SMC, tried different RAM, different magsafe board, and even tried safe mode with no luck.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Peder - three main things can go wrong with a screen.. the screen itself, the cable, or the video chipset on the main logic board. You can try an external monitor and see if the same thing happens as that can help rule out the logic board. If it is a cable issue, it would typically get better or worse depending on the angle of the display since the cable may be getting pinched in the hinges.
Peder
2 years ago
I have a problem with the screen of my MBP.The solution of the csreen turns very poor and you can hardly reed the screen. Took it to a local Mac workshop and they tell me the screen is broken and has to be changed. The problem is that it changes all the time, and now it has been good for 2-3 weeks. Only bad for a few minutes to - three times. I do not think it is the screen. Any suggestions?
Jerry
2 years ago
My MBP 15" from '08 is blinking out to grey at the bottom half of the screen. If I place a small clamp on the bezel edge right side, about two inches from the bottom, the screen will go back to normal. Is see that the video cable is about parallel with the clamp. Could it just be loose or maybe something more serious?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Adam - I would suggest filling out a repair quote using the Send In Mac Repair link at the top of the page. Our techs will respond to you with what they suggest needs replacing.
Adam
2 years ago
Hi there: I have two macbook pro a1226's. Issues are: Mac #1: Trackpad/keypad is dead. just stopped working. Also randomly re-boots the Mac particularly when watching video streaming in Google Chrome or using Logic 8. Mac#2: Isight no longer operates/activates. Would like to also replace bottom case as it has been bent. Let me know what I will need to get.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Brandon - you'll probably need to replace it.
Brandon
2 years ago
I broke the ribbon cable tip to my hard drive do I have to replace it or can I fix it **
brandon
2 years ago
I opened my laptop and accidentally broke the ribbon cable to my MacBook do I need a new Hard drive or is their a way to reattach it
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@ Tim - It sounds like a common GPU failure. You'll either need to replace the board or repair it. We do have a logic board repair service available. You can give us a call at 1-866-726-3342, option 2 for more info.
Tim R
2 years ago
I have a problem with the display of my MBP 2.4GZ. I hear the startup sound but no display. The display now only turns on when you have a dvi cable attached to it. The first time, it was out of commission for a week until I tried to plug in another display, what must I do to fix the problem? it has only happened 3x's.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Art - once you get the top case off, it is pretty easy to take out the keyboard. Just peel off the black adhesive covers and unscrew all of the screws under the keyboard.
Art
2 years ago
Is there a video to replace the keyboard
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@steve - on these models, it can possibly be the magsafe board since these use LED displays and all of that is powered directly by the magsafe board. I would try that first, then it'll be the logic board after that.
Steve
2 years ago
I have a question about a repair for a macbook pro A1226. I w as having problems with my LCD (video would go in and out) and it finally stopped video altogether. I took it to Apple and was told the LCD probably needed replaced. I did the repair myself but still had no video. I replaced the cable and the inverter but still no video. The video does work with an external monitor plugged in so I guess the logic board is fine. Any ideas as to what could be wrong?
bruno
2 years ago
formidable merci
John
2 years ago
I just bought a top case flex cable from you at Powerbook Medic (my keyboard and trackpad are not working, but a usb keyboard and mouse work). I was going to pay a local repair shop to fit this new cable, but watching your video I think I could maybe do it myself. At the end of the vid, you disconnect the cable from the logic board. Looks easy. Is it as simple to remove the end connected to the top case? If I could do this myself, I'll save £60 here in the UK.
STEVE
2 years ago
VERY INFORMATIVE,SHOULD PUT SOME VIDEOS ABOUT TROUBLESHOOTING BOTH SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE. I WAS SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS ALONG TIME
Jeremy
2 years ago
I have recently purchased from powerbook medic and replaced my LED screen in my MBP M1226. I can tell the display is working when I am in a bright light but the back light on the display is not working. I took it to the genius bar today in hopes of finding out the cause or at least a direction to look in and they said there is not much they could do because I have opened it and already replaced things with non-factory parts. Any ideas on what could be causing this?
Nathan
2 years ago
@Powerbook Medic I decided to take my computer apart myself to replicate what the first computer guy did and at first it didn't work. Later on in the evening though I did try it again and it worked. I still need to see if it continues to start up normally but I am really happy to be on my computer again!!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Nathan - we'd really have to see it in shop. It could be the lcd, magsafe board which powers the LCD, or the logic board which tells the LCD to come on.
Nathan
2 years ago
I have this Macbook Pro and I have had a problem that my screen does not show anything at all when I start up. I took it to a computer store and each time that he took the computer apart it would start up normally once. After shutting it down again the same problem arises. I also took it to an apple approved store and they said I had to send it in to apple and have the screen replaced for $500. I would like to find a cheaper solution if I can. If anyone has a similar story I would appreciate the help. Thanks.
Robert
2 years ago
I replaced the LCD display in my 15" MacBook pro A- 1226. PowerbookMedic not only had the part they also helped me over the phone when I was doing the installation of this part. My only sugestion is that they show in the video the plugs on the wires how the are to be removed. I think a sticker on the protective film on the Screen would alert the installer to remove it when it is no longer needed. Oh the computer works like new after I have, with your help, repaired it. Thank you for a great service.
Mike
2 years ago
Awesome. Thanks for the reply.
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Mike - I'm fairly sure that error code is indeed an issue with a temperature sensor so it is falsely reporting the speed and causing the fans to go faster than normal to help protect the machine. I'm not sure which sensor it is exactly, but the sensors are generally the same part so you could order one from our site and test it one at a time in each connection and see if the issue goes away.
Mike
2 years ago
Model number is MC118LL/A
Mike
2 years ago
Hi PM, Having a weird combo of issues with my 2009 2.53 core 2 duo 15" MBP. A few weeks ago I would turn the backlight off while processes were running in my room while I slept and it would randomly turn back on. Then, this week I noticed my adapter was not charging (the lights were not working and it would only work when I moved the adapter). The fan also started staying on and revving at 5700+ rpms no matter what the temperature and load of the processor. I ran the hardware test and got back an error : 4SNS/1/40000000: 'TmOP' Further investigation shows that the thermal paste is dried up on both processors (video and core) but not much else. Any ideas? Thanks so much. Mike
Nathan Reeves
2 years ago
I had an A1226 MBP that had the NVIDIA chip problem Apple replaced it for me free of charge. Make sure you have the NVIDIA chip logic board and call APple Customer Relations NOT Customer Service. I got it repaired but not my top assembly is acting wonky another known issue with these units! OUCH! Good luck with all your repairs!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@daniel - yes
daniel
2 years ago
Do you have to remove the two torx 6 screws on the bottom case near the memory bay in order to remove the top case on my MacBook pro a1226? Is it essential, or can I remove the other screws and still take the top case off to access the inside of the machine to replace the hard drive?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@bob - you'll need to replace the drive.
bob
2 years ago
with a macbook pro, the DVD part works, but the audio and data CD's won't load. Tried logging in as a different user. Ideas? thanks..bob
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@jason - that is typically going to be either a RAM or overheating problem. You may want to make sure your fans are working and clean them out. Worst case scenario is the logic board going bad.
jason
2 years ago
About a week ago I started having an issue with my macbook pro 1211 when running many different programs at the same time would lock up the machine. one of the programs i run is parellels desktop 5. I had to hold down the power button to turn the machine off. then i would reboot it and everything is fine, until yesterday it did it again. but this time when i rebooted the machine the screen didn't come on. i heard the start up sound but no screen. so i took the battery out and unpluged it over night this morning i put the battern back in and pluged it in and everything worked fine but i was listening to ITunes and working in excel in the VM and the machine locked up again. and now the same issue screen won't turn on. I even tried pluging in an external monitor but it wasn't getting a signal. HELP
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Ricardo - we have a logic board repair service or you can replace the board. The repair option is available in the Send-in Mac Service link at the top of the page.
Ricardo
2 years ago
Thanks, it does light up, so i assume is the logic board, but is there some way to know witch part exactly and can it be repaired? or the only option is to replace the board? Thanks in advance
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Ricardo - i would check the light on the magsafe power plug first. If it doesn't light up, I'd try the magsafe board first. If it lights up, it is probably the main logic board.
Ricardo
2 years ago
Hi, powerbook medic, my macbook fell from about 3ft and it doesn't power on at all, not even the white light in the opening release button, i opened it, but the board seems ok, it's not broken or anything, is it possible to fix it? what could be wrong, because replacing the hole board, its really expensive.
John
2 years ago
I replaced the LCD on an A1226. It comes on upon start-up, but then goes dark. If i hook up my second display, the computer is working, but "detect displays" does not reveal the display on the computer. ??
chris
2 years ago
Damn tiny screws! - However if you dab the smallest blob of Bluetac to the end of your screwdriver you can guide the screw to its place with the least effort. Saves rummaging around on the carpet later.
jinu kuriakose,Apple Technician,Kuwait
2 years ago
Skin sensor found on Topcase flex cable
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@jinu - skin sensor? the ambient light sensor is usually in the left speaker grill.
jinu kuriakose
2 years ago
i want to know where is the location of skin sensor in mac book pro 15 old model
Mike
3 years ago
When I replaced my hard drive, I used a program called SuperDuper! to create a backup image of the hard drive that was bootable on USB. I removed the old hard drive, put in a new one, rebooted off of the USB, and used SuperDuper! again to restore the new drive with the image that was on the previous drive. Very easy. Of course, it helps to have a spare USB drive around for backups.
Dave
3 years ago
I appreciate your 'do it yourself' hard drive install but what about the operating software? My original OS was a 10.4 and upgraded to 10.6 through a local Apple repair facility. That said, I don't have the disc to reinstall. Am I committed to paying for the OS once again or can it be reinstalled any other way?
Shane
3 years ago
Is it just as easy to install the hard drive as it is to remove it? How does that ribbon cable stay down and will it be easy to get it to stay again with the new hard drive?
Dennis
3 years ago
Thanks again for the help. I will probably be ordering a new SuperDrive soon.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Dennis - yea i'd say the superdrive should be replaced. I can't think of any major firmware upgrades in newer versions of OS X that would fix that kind of issue.
Dennis
3 years ago
Thanks for the quick response! Yes, I know that DVD-Rs are the preferred discs, but I still have the problem, even using them. I get the error code "0x8002006E" when attempting a burn using a burn folder. In Disk Utility, I receive the message "Unable to burn - The device failed to calibrate the laser power level for this media." Would these error messages indicate a failed SuperDrive? I am still using Mac OS X Tiger, but will soon be upgrading to Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Would the older operating system play any role in the SuperDrive problem?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Dennis - most likely. I believe - (minus) R blank dvds are more compatible than +R, but its probably a superdrive problem.
Dennis
3 years ago
I have a MacBook Pro 15" Intel Core Duo 2.16GHz. I am having problems with the SuperDrive. Some DVDs and CDs will not run, but some do. I can sometimes burn discs using a burn folder, but often cannot. Although I have used disk utility to burn some discs, it is now failing. The drive is a Matshita DVD-R UJ-857. Do I need to simply replace the drive? Thanks for any help you can provide.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Justin - it really depends what codec you are using, how much RAM you have, and how big the files are. Your machine should be fine handling 1080p stuff. If it is a graphics problem however, about all you could do is max out the RAM, maybe switch to a faster hard drive, or buy a new computer.
Justin
3 years ago
Hello Powerbook Medic. I currently use a 4 year old 15-inch MacBook Pro, model A1226 with a 2.2GHz processor. I have an issue with my display. It lags a lot when I playback video, which I need because I use it to edit film projects for school. My main concern is that the graphics card might be getting old and worn out. Either that or the display is wearing out. My fear is that I might have to purchase a new MacBook Pro, but I don't have the kind of money for that now. Is there any way to help restore the graphics on it?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Mohan - that issue can be either the LCD or the display cable, so thats the next thing I'd try. The worst case scenario would be a damaged display connection on the logic board which is rare unless the machine was opened up previously.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@jc - you really have to be a professional to remove and reinstall the individual chips on the board. It is best to buy a replacement board or send it off to a professional to have repaired with the right tools and a clean room.
Mohan C. Siribaddana
3 years ago
Hi Powermedic My Apple Macbook Pro (A1226) LCD screen intermittently flicker (horizontal lines and the color of the LCD changes). When I connect it to the external monitor, the picture perfect. Our local Mac service provider said that the LCD screen is defective, then the new original LCD screen was fixed. After replacing the LCD, the problem still exist, In other words, the LCD flickers with different colors and horizontal lines. Kindly advise me as to how I should overcome this problem. Where is the problem lies on the computer.
jc
3 years ago
i managed to remove my friends logic board off macbook pro 15' A1226 my concern is... okay it needs to be replaced yet i noticed the GPU as well as the CPU are glued unto the board its my first one to open bare with me.. my concern is, the one he needs to buy do they come with the CPU chip already glued? appreciate walking me through on this
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@jc - as long as its from the same production family, you should be safe.
jc
3 years ago
hey! thank you for your response, i rather replaced the logic board... i am considering your store, have a question do i have to replaced it with exact part number And for the exact @ 2.2GHZ dual core 2 ?? bc is quite expensive, i rather replaced with the 2.0 GHZ, as long as it fits right? appreciate your response,
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Danny - most of the sound functionality is built into the magsafe board. I would try that first.
Danny
3 years ago
I have a MBP A1226 and the sound stopped working. Their is no chime on boot up. The volume is greyed out and the volume on the keyboard does not work also. Looks like my MBP just does not see the sound card installed. Do I need to replace the motherboard?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@jc- yes that would be a bad video chip on the logic board. You can either have the board repaired or find a replacement board.
jc
3 years ago
hey power medic! you help me out with my mac...A1181 now one of my friends is giving it a shoot with his do you mind? his macbook pro A1226 since about 1 yr powers on...yet it shows no video at all i test it out with an external LCD.. and still no video do you suggest it might be a BAD LOGIC BOARD issue? i.e. bad video chip? i will gladly appreciate your expert advise you been lifesaver with mines now my buddy wants to hear out from you thank you,
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Kory - we've adjusted the levels in videos since this one was released. We'll eventually try and come back and correct these, but we have no ETA on this yet.
Kory
3 years ago
Dude. I love your videos. They are so helpful. But your music. It's killing me. I hate it. Please take it off. Or change it up or something. It's too airy and like I'm on a cloud. And its annoying the shit out of me, because I have to constantly replay your videos, and hear it over and over and over.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@niegro - that is typically left to a repair facility. ordering each possible part just to test and then send back and trying another part can get tiresome.
Niegro Cappuccino
3 years ago
Can u explain to how can i test part by part?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Niegro - it could be an issue with the LCD itself or the Magsafe board. You may want to send it to us or take it somewhere for a free diagnosis at this point to save you money testing part by part.
Niegro Cappuccino
3 years ago
Hi there Powerbook Medic I have a problem with my macbook pro 15inch...It switches on,but my lcd(Does´nt display nothing),but i can see the light on..What could it be?
gregg
3 years ago
Hey-- I bought the new hinges for my Aluminum Powerbook. Where is the repair guide, or which ones do I follow to find the hinge replacement? I don't see it in the list of "how-to's."
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@cubemusic - it usually does that if the keyboard is unplugged inside or has had water damage. your best bet is to go inside and check the cables.
cubemusicja@yahoo.com
3 years ago
no response from my key board please tell me why
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@yvind - Apple doesn't manufacture their own LCDs and we use the same brands Apple uses. There are several revisions of LCDs though, so you may want to contact our support department and see what they can do for you. If you have your original LCD brand and model number, that could help.
maga
3 years ago
also waiting for a reply to Øyvind ...
Øyvind
3 years ago
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Øyvind
3 years ago
Hey! I just replaced my LCD with a new one, what I ordered from you. The new LCD is not enought bright (almost the half as the original one, in the maxiumum) and the contrast is very poor too. (Santa Rosa & Penryn LED Display (Matte) Everything else is working perfect. What do you think, am I made a mistake with something or this product just not as quality as the original one was?
Gina
3 years ago
Are the topcase for the MBP A1226 compatible with MBP A1211?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Mcgeav - you should be able to sign up for an in-stock notification on that product page after selecting your model. This will email you as soon as it comes back in stock.
Mcgeav
3 years ago
the model I need says that it is out of stock
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Mcgeav - it should be on the third row of products to the right of this comment.
Mcgeav
3 years ago
Thank you for the reply. I'm trying to look for the magsafe board in your site but could not find it, are you selling them? So If I replace the magsafe board and the LCD still won't light up then I should buy the LCD? Because the magsafe board is a lot cheaper and I could still sell it assuming that is not the part I need than going for the LCD right away and turn up that only the magsafe board is busted.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Mcgeav - a backlight issue on your model is typically the LCD, but its not a guarantee. The magsafe board is responsible for the power to the backlight, so that is a common cause as well.
Mcgeav
3 years ago
I have a 1211 macbook pro. my screen is dark, I could see whats on the screen if i flash a light on it and the laptop works connected to an external monitor. I sent it to a local mac center and they told me it is a backlight problem and would cost me about $390 for repairs. If I oder just the lcd from you would that fix it?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Jeff - typically when the magsafe still turns green but it won't turn on means either the wrong wattage power adapter is being used or there is an issue with the logic board or RAM.
Jeff
3 years ago
My 2006 macbook recently wouldn't charge. The magsafe connector in the computer was worn out, I had to jiggle the corad around and get it in just the right spot to charge, after a few months of this it completely quit. I replaced the magsafe board and double checked that they were the same model number. After re-assembly the charger will turn green, but not orange. I can't get the computer to power on, what should I check?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Darius - it sounds like you are having a backlight issue. This could be the LCD, display cable, or the magsafe board.
Darius
3 years ago
I have a problem with my macbook pro 1226, yesterday I push the OUT button and today the display is black and the apple logo dark, the harddisk boot is starting and the sound too. Have you a idea whats happend. Thx for your answer.
byteforce
3 years ago
I received an Mac Book Pro A1226, with video failure. I disassembled the unit, reheated the Graphis Card Chip, and everything seems OK. I don't know how long it will last, but it's worth a try
Dustin
3 years ago
I have a late 2006 MBP Model and the logic board is toast. I would like to change it. Will a board from a newer model fit? What sort of problems will I run into?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@junior - this model closes by a hook in the display that latches to a magnet in the bottom case. If yours is not latching, close it slowly and see if the hook is swinging out and is not getting stuck. If the hook is fine, you'll have to replace the bottom case.
junior
3 years ago
mymacbook pro does not close the magnet does not work how do i fix that
bach
3 years ago
Hi, I have a problem with my MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo 2.16 Model A1211. since 2 months i had problems with display picture. horizontal green lines in window of movie or ichat etc. sometimes little artefacts. computer had freezes increasingly too. And now it is crushes totally. After turn on i see: hXXp://s56.photobucket.com/albums/g183/PLBach/?action=view¤t=zdjcie.jpg and thats all. i know, graphic card problem. somebody told me "maybe graphic card become unglued" - i dont know what does it mean. its problem with thermal paste, connection chipset with motherboard or something different. any ideas?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Chris - I would first try to take out the hard drive and see what happens. Also make sure no cd is in the superdrive. If you disconnect the hard drive and superdrive, and it still does the same thing, it is probably the logic board. You may also want to check the sleep light. If it is blinking, it can be a memory chip issue.
Chris
3 years ago
I have a problem with my A1226 (mid 2007 version).It is not starting any more.When i turn it on the screen is black and i just here a repetetive dong. no apple sign, nothing.It just tries repetetivly to access the superdrive. Can it be the problem with the nvidia chipset or does it sound more like a GPU problem, or Superdrive or HD?
Ssvss.
3 years ago
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Steve Pickett
3 years ago
I have same issue as John. I think i wil try replacing the inverter and see if that fixes my dimming display.
John
3 years ago
MB Pro 2.2Ghz 15" A1226 with screen issues (LED). Have a backlite issue in that screen still works very faintly, guessing not logic board or power due to everything works fine with external monitor. That leaves screen, inverter or cables? I would have guessed the inverter had it been a CCFL, but its LED backlit. Thoughts?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Jennie - you'll just want to recheck your connections on the back of the LCD and in the isight module. You'll also want to be sure the cables are not getting pinched in the hinges. It can be tricky to route these cables properly.
Jennie Larkins
3 years ago
I had to replace the case frame of my MB Pro and removed the LCD. After replacing the bezel and frame, the camera does not work and the screen is not very clear but readable. What can be done to fix this?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Karl - that would be a kernel panic. There are several possibilities for one including a corrupt OS, bad RAM, a defective component, or a bad logic board. Based on the rest of your description, it does sound like a GPU problem. We do offer a logic board repair service or you can replace the board.
Karl
3 years ago
After switchin on my MacBook Pro 1226 the screen comes up in white color, the apple sign appears shortly, butno very clear. After 5 seconds a message appears that I whould the MacBook off and start it anew. I suppose that the graphic chip has a problem. Anybody else has an idea how to solve the problem?
Karl
3 years ago
the video was a great help to me to open the case. Unfortunately, the checkin of the inside cabling did not solve my problem. But thanks anyway.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Jeremiah - it sounds like a defective LCD. If you bought it from us, please contact our Customer Support department.
Jeremiah
3 years ago
Just Replaced my MBpro's LCD and the right half of the screen is black. I hooked the old, cracked one back up and it works like it used to. Does that mean I have a faulty LCD or are there some display settings that need to be adjusted?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@C - they glue in, just get some super glue
C
3 years ago
Stupid Question of the Day: One of the bottom feet fell out, so I ordered a replacement set. Despite me gently tapping in place with a rubber mallet, the foot won't stay in place. And now another foot has fallen off. Am I missing something obvious here? It's hard to get these to snap in (if that is what's supposed to happen). Thanks!
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Mark - your 2nd post wasn't complete, if you are still having issues please post again or you can call or email in and speak to our customer support department.
Mark
3 years ago
I just re
Mark
3 years ago
Great video. I just replaced the LED on my MBP with a screen from you with little difficulty. Unfortunately when I powered up the screen shows only the top third. The bottom third is an opaque gray with vertical lines. Is this a LED problem? Bummed in Alaska.
Blake
3 years ago
I have a MBP A1226 and just replaced my lcd today with one I bought from you guys yesterday. The problem is that it really seems to me that it's the wrong part. My screen flickers and buzzes whenever brightness isn't all the way up, and the colors on the dark end of the spectrum are totally off (bright blue instead of black). I went back in and checked the tightness on all the plugs, but it didn't help. Ideas? Or was the part your site recommends (SKU 86073) not actually correct?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Wolfinstein - not really, make sure you do try doing a PRAM reset to see if that fixes anything. A PRAM reset will reset all of the basic hardware settings but won't touch anything on your computer. You can do this by holding down Apple-Option-P-R as soon as you power on the computer until it restarts itself.
Wolfinstein
3 years ago
No the cracked LCD is no longer available. Is there another way to test the cabling?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Wolfinstein - if you still have the original cracked LCD and it was at least partially viewable, I would try reinstalling that to see if the snowed out issue remains. If it does, it'll be an issue with your cabling, if not it may be a defective new LCD.
Wolfinstein
3 years ago
Thank you guys for your support. I recently replaced a cracked LCD on my 15"MBP with a new LCD I got from you. Unfortunately, the screen is "snowed out" to the point that the images are barely visible. In addition to the constant “snowed out” condition, the display flickers from intermittently. I followed the video for replacement explicitly, except I used some electrical tape instead of the pink anti-static tape to hold the cables in place. Can this be the problem or is it something else.
Robert Engelthaler
3 years ago
this was great. i just wish it had a section on replacing the inverter board. i had no idea where it was and took the whole computer apart then found it in the screen behind the bezel. still i couldn't have done anything with out this video. thank you, happy holidays, especially for me now that my wife has her mac book back.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Bruce - I believe the speaker is part of the left speaker assembly. You can pop off the top case and check it or if you think you may have spilled something in that left side grill, it could have shorted it out.
Bruce
3 years ago
The microphone is not operating on our MBP. Do you have any diagnosis and repair suggestions?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Gregory - they are pretty much just glued on. You'll just have to carefully pry off any old ones you want to replace, and glue on the new ones.
Gregory
3 years ago
Do you have directions on MBP foot replacement? I'd like to review before taking it on (parts ordered). Thanks.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Ken - it can be several things. it can be the LCD itself, the cable, the magsafe board which powers the display, or worst case scenario the logic board. I'd probably have it professionally diagnosed.
Ken
3 years ago
Model# A1226 no display when powering up, just black scree. there is a display when using external monitor...
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Graeme - it may be a hardware issue such as a problem with the RAM, but you may want to try resetting the PRAM. Do this by shutting down the machine, unplug it, take out the battery, then hold down the power button for 10 seconds and then plug it back in.
Graeme
3 years ago
Hi, My Macbook takes a long time to switch on when the battery loses charge, even when I've then plugged in and switched it back on, any ideas?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Jay - that is usually the logic board, yes. @John - it is most likely the ball bearing in the fan, just replace the fan.
John
3 years ago
My 2008 MacBook Pro has a fan with a really loud whine on the right side. Sometimes, if I tap it, it will go away, and it even went away for a couple of weeks, but now it's back and as annoying as ever. I can't work in a cubicle with this noise, because it bothers everyone else.
Jay
3 years ago
I have a Macbook Pro A1226. When I power it up I get no display and no button light. The fans and drives spin up but I get no POST chime. I believe it is the logic board but could it possibly be the DC board?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Carl - that is usually just a software problem. Just boot up from your install cd and repair disk permissions on your hard drive using Disk Utility. If it doesn't work, it should give you an error that might tell you if you need a new hard drive.
Carl
3 years ago
08 macbook pro all i get is the logo screen and the spinning wheel.
Jane
4 years ago
Hi I have a Macbook Pro 15'' that I bought in '05. it was dropped about 1-2 ft from the ground onto carpet. Has a small dent on the case on the right side about 3-4 from the hinge. A day or so after the dent occurred the backlight of the screen flickered on and off a few times and then it went back to normal. The next day it worked for a while and then the backlight flickered on and off and remained off. The display is slightly visible if you use a strong flashlight. Any ideas?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@jen - if the battery has a charge and it won't turn on from battery or power adapter, it is most likely the logic board.
jen
4 years ago
hi. i have a 15" macbook pro. sadly, my cat split a little bit of water on it while i was asleep. i didn't realize that the water had gotten into the system until it was too late and i started using it. sadly i believe the logic board is fried. is there a specific way to tell this other than, "it won't boot up" ?
Holly Locke
4 years ago
Great. Thank you. I'll watch the videos.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Holly - LCD is pretty easy on this model to replace. Just watch the last couple of videos in this series and see if you feel confident doing it.
Holly Locke
4 years ago
Thank you for your response. They just replaced the logic board under warranty so it looks like it's probably the LCD. Is this something I can replace myself if I order the LCD from you. It looks like you have great videos so I'm thinking I might be able to do it. I've worked on pc desktops before but never a mac.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Holly - it is hard to say just based on that. If there is no backlight, no picture it can be the LCD or the logic board or even just a loose cable. They may just be trying to get out of a warranty replacement because of some casing damage. We do offer a free diagnosis service if you want to send it in to us.
Holly Locke
4 years ago
Hi - My daughter has a 2008 15" macbook pro that was having problems recently so we took it to the Mac store and they discovered that the logic board was faulty so the replaced it at no charge and we also had them replace the optical drive that was not working. Now a month later, the computer boots up but no display comes up so we took it in again and now they say it needs a new "Display clamshell" due to pressure marks on the display. We don't want to pay the $732 they quoted and are wondering if we can do this ourselves, or have it done somewhere cheaper, or if we should not invest any more $ and buy a new unit to get my daughter thru high school. Any advice?
Ryan Ploger
4 years ago
PowerBook Medic, you are fantastic! Your response was so fast, and I really appreciate that. I will order the part from your website right now!
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Ryan - yea, the 1/3 issue is going to be the LCD every time.
Ryan Ploger
4 years ago
I have a MacBook Pro 2.2GHz, with the LCD panel showing an image only about the top 2/3 of the display itself, cutting off the bottom of the screen image. If I give the panel a squeeze at about the 4:30 position and about 2 inches from the edge, the screen goes to full display again. I imagine that an LCD replacement is all that is needed here?
There is apparently a firmware update..
4 years ago
That fixes the above described issue with the optical drive making odd noises
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Daniel - does it make the sound with and without a cd in the drive?
DanielRamosIII (danielramosiii@hotmail.com)
4 years ago
My MacBook Pro 15" is making slow paced rubbing noise of sorts where the superdrive is located. It's not the sound if it trying to read a disc, this is different, softer and continual. It sometimes stops but this is happening less frequently and I fear that it will someday keep going indefinitely. Have you heard of this?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@John - I would see if you can hear adjusting the volume to see if the machine is actually booting but you can't see it. If it is not booting, it is probably the logic board. I'd have it professionally diagnosed at this point.
John
4 years ago
Hello guys MacBook will not boot up seem like hard disk spin but not a thing black screen but unit get hot could it be the logic board?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@paulino - there are a few possibilities with that. It can be the LCD itself, the magsafe board, or worst case scenario the logic board. I would suggest having it professionally diagnosed.
Paulino Lomas
4 years ago
My display is on black when i turn on,there sound play movies and music but i can't see nothing,it's all black my scream,i put off the battery and put the ac adapter turn on the computer and is the same!i cant see nothing,can you help me please?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@gama - I would try to do a reset. turn off the machine, take out the battery, hold the power button down for a good 10 seconds without it plugged in, then plug it in without the battery, and boot it up. if the same thing happens, it is probably the logic board, but could be the magsafe or LCD. I might would have it professionally diagnosed at that point.
gama
4 years ago
my macbook pro A1226 i left it playing music and then i try to wake it up but didn't. then i checked all the rams 1 by one in both bays and nothing. all i hear is the chime at beginning but black screen completely. i also plug an external screen and nothing. did my motherboard die? thx a lot
John
4 years ago
Excellent video. I used it to dissassemble and replace the LCD in my Macbook Pro. Did the job with no glitches thanks to the clear instructions!!!
Josh
4 years ago
Hey I am having difficulties with my trackpad and keyboard going out. There are times that I spend hours on it and it works fine but others I can't be on it for longer than 2 minutes before it goes out. I can still use the power button and the backlight works. I brought it in to the Genius bar and had someone look at it but they insisted everything was fine. I have the 15" model A1260. I am thinking I will have to replace the top case, if you agree which do I need. The top case flex cable or the full track pad assembly?
burton420
4 years ago
i was able to remove the lcd from the bezel, but how do you remove the bezel from the hinges?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Felix - I would reseat all of the cables relating to the trackpad and top case. After that I would check for any corrosion. If you can't find anything, you'll probably need to replace the top case.
Felix
4 years ago
My Keyboard and Trackpad does not function, but the backlight of the keyboard and the powerbutton works properly. The Keyboard and Trackpad aren't recognized by the System. What Problem could it be???
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
the model number is located on the bottom of the machine near the back.
phil
4 years ago
thanks for your promt reply! Where can i find what model mbp it is? thanks
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@phil - the inverter board is located just underneath the LCD panel inside the display. I would probably try that first, but with the pink issue, it may be something else such as the LCD itself.
phil
4 years ago
hi there! Cool sight.. really nice to be able to bypass apple!!! I have a 15" core duo s/n w86091t5vj3 ... an oldie but a goodie..no swollen battery issues as with my 17"!! EXCEPT screen is black! About 2 months out from going black screen was progressively going pinker.. no lines just pinker and pinker then BLACK!! Computer is still functional and if i shine a light on the screen you can see the graphics fine!! I have tried resetting the pram (opt+com+p+r) but nothing. Any ideas? If it is the inverter board, where is that located. Would i be better to get a new screen?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Hank - If you replaced that and it still doesn't work, it is usually going to be the magsafe board or the LCD itself.
Hank
4 years ago
i changed the inverter board, but the backlight is still not working, what can it be?
Skender, KOSOVO
4 years ago
Thenk you, thenk you, thenk you our engel
Ysmael (USA)
4 years ago
These videos are very clear and useful, thanks for the videos
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Hank - it can be either, but it is more often the inverter board unless you have had some hinge problems. The inverter board is located in the display below the LCD screen.
Hank
4 years ago
i have dark screen, without backlight, do i need the inverter board and the inverter cable? Where is the inverter board located? on the lcd backside? or at the next to logic board?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Dave - You usually only get that error in Apple Hardware Test in certain machines. It's related to the charging of the battery. If you remove the battery and run the Apple Hardware Test, it likely won't produce the error.
Dave Coons
4 years ago
What is the error code "4SNS/1/1/40000000: TCOP", my serial number on my Mac is "W861117SVJ3". Thanks
Frédéric OSTROWSKY
4 years ago
Hi, I just replace my old fans on my Macbook Pro and it's working like new ! Thanks for you work on this repair guides Fred Strasbourg, FRANCE
EDGAR CESAR
4 years ago
THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SOUPORT. BRAVO BRAVO
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Jeffrey - If it is your password to an account on the machine, you can put in your restore disk and there is an option to reset your password from the top menu.
Jeffrey Hart
4 years ago
the problem that I have is that i have this apple/macbook pro computer model no:A1212 and I have forgotten my on pass word please help.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Rita - I haven't heard of any compatibility issues. I would reseat the card and if you can't get it to detect it, I would contact customer support.
Rita C.
4 years ago
The card is not been detected at all. It says "No Airport Hardware Found"... Could it be the compatability of the Airport card on the Logic board? I've checked all the connections and made sure they are in contact. Plz advice. Thanks
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Rita - We sell both G and N cards which usually tells you if it has 2 or 3 connections. Is the card being detected at all or is it just no signal?
Rita C.
4 years ago
Hi, I just received the Logic card from you guys. Replaced my old one with it, and fixed my power problem. However, now my Airport Card is not working anymore... I noticed that the Airport card you are selling has only 2 connection (black and blue) whereas mine has 3 connections (black, white, and blue). Could this be the reason why? Maybe my Airport card is not compatible with the new logic board?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@ charles w - The Wacom tablet is a USB device. The trackpad and keyboard connect directly to the logic board. You likely need to replace your top case if those components are not working.
charles w
4 years ago
my macbook pro keyboard and track pad stop responding sometimes but my wacom tablet still works when connected, anyone have any ideas
Dave
4 years ago
Tried that and still nothing. Any other suggestions.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Dave - I would check the RAM first. If you have a bad or loose RAM chip, that can happen.
Dave
4 years ago
My MBP 15" wont start up. The screen is black, there is no chime and the sleep light glows solid when open. There is power to the usb ports as well. Any ideas??
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Rita - Not really. The power goes through the magsafe board to the power management unit on the logic board to charge the battery, so either could be the culprit. The magsafe board is much cheaper than the logic board.
Rita C.
4 years ago
Thanks for the response. Is there a way to find out where the problem is located?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Rita - It can possibly be the magsafe board or the logic board.
Rita C.
4 years ago
Hi, my macbook pro will not charge its battery when I have the power adapter plugged in. I've tried replacing with a new battery but still doesn't work. The power adapter is fully functional as well. Could it be the logic board?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Vinay - For that repair, this video manual will be almost identical.
Vinay
4 years ago
Do you have a video or instructions for keyboard replacement for a 2007 Macbook Pro (15")
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@ Tavon - Do you get a chime, or is the machine dead. If you get a chime and hear the hard drive spin up but nothing shows on the screen, there is a good chance that it is the logic board.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@ ANTHONY. J - The first thing to check is to verify the top case cable is properly plugged in. Beyond that, there could be a number of other issues, and I'd recommend calling into our customer support for assistance.
ANTHONY. J
4 years ago
HI POWER BOOK MEDIC, I just had a cracked screen and apple wanted a lot of money for the repair so i decided to buy the LCD screen from you guys but after fitting in the screen using the online guides but my mac book pro would not turn back on. Please help if there is anything .i can do would you please let me know.
Tavon
4 years ago
When i turn on my MB Pro 15" no image is shown. Is this the logic board, and if so what do i do?
Manuel
4 years ago
thanks so much. works perfect.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Manuel - it is the whole on the outside.
Manuel
4 years ago
is it on the inside or in the little rectangular hole on the outside? correct question would be if I have to unscrew the screen from the bezel to fit the magnet. thanks again you guys are awesome!
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Manuel - it is on the right side in the bezel.
Manuel
4 years ago
i've just replaced my screen with one i bought from you. thanks a lot for all the tutorials, it made my removal and reassembly a breeze. One quesiton though, i forgot to put in the magnet that switches the computer to sleep. could you tell me where the magnet goes exactly? MB Pro 15 inch Santa Rosa
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Bard - The 1/3 issue is generally a defective LCD and needs to be replaced. I haven't seen a very dependable fix for it.
Bard
4 years ago
with the A1226, and the LCD banding problem, would I do this LCD removal walkthrough to get to the "black foam strip" I am supposed to pad more to get the screen to stop banding? (when the bottom third of the screen goes nuts) Thanks.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Alex - with video issues and kernel panics, you are most likely looking at a faulty logic board.
Alex
4 years ago
I've had my MacBook Pro for about 2.5 years now. The other day I was surfing the internet and the colors on my screen suddenly inverted. Red, dotted pixel lines appeared every half inch or so all the way down my screen and the laptop froze. Since then, when I boot up the computer the lines still appear on the apple loading screen. The system won't actually boot. Whenever I try the screen greys over and a warning pops up telling me to hold down my power button. Also, I took it in to the genius bar and was told that they didn't know what was wrong with it. Any help you can give me would be great. Thanks, Alex
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Alex- Yes that is the keyboard you need. As far as the plastic, it only comes with new top cases. It isn't necessary, but it does help in spills so the liquid can't get to the internals as easy.
Huna
4 years ago
I had the really noisy fan issue that some others have had on the macbook pro 15"- Apple wanted a lot of money and down time to fix it. After watching your video I ordered the part and watched the video on my ps3 "terrible browser but my mac was in pieces. Very easy procedure and I am leaving this coment on my working mac book. thanks for the help I will be return customer.
Alex
4 years ago
Hi PM :) On Page13 of your manual it says there is a "Black Plastic Backing" on the keyboard that makes the keys lighter. Well, my gf spilled wine on the keyboard and now a few keys don't work and the rest of the keyboard light is dimmer. Could it possibly be that the Black Plastic Backing is damaged and if so, do you guys sell it? I'd appreciate ANY help, thanks again :)
Alex
4 years ago
Could you please confirm that I need your SKU30031 keyboard for my MacBook Pro Model:A1150. Thank you.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Tim - it is fairly self-explanatory once you get the top case off. There are several screws on the underside of the keyboard. Remove those, disconnect the cable, and pull it out from the front.
Tim
4 years ago
You don't have info about how to change out the keyboard!
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Chris - Really the only way to test without opening up the machine is by tilting the display back and forth. If the lines get better or worse depending on the angle of the display, it is most likely the cable.
Chris T.
4 years ago
PM - Is there some kind of diagnostic I could do to see what's causing the lines on my display, the cable or the LCD itself?
ozzie
4 years ago
The replacement of my keyboard was a cinch with this video...Thanks
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Tom - it is advised to remove the display from the base of the machine to replace the LCD.
Chris T.
4 years ago
Thank you!
Tom
4 years ago
say I only wanted to remove the screen, do I have to remove everything in that series of videos before that? or could I just remove the display? I know I can probably tell from looking at it, but I'd rather know what all I need to remove before I open the case. Thanks
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
The inverter board controls the backlight. Lines on the screen will usually be the LCD itself or the display cable.
Chris T.
4 years ago
Is the inverter cable usually responsible for screen malfunction? My screen gets a thin blue vertical line going down the right hand side of it [about an inch and a half in from the right edge], and the image begins to dissolve. When I move the screen back and forth a little the image tightens up and sometimes the blue line goes away.
soso
4 years ago
A while back, I dropped my MBP and paid $650 to have the LCD screen and HD replaced. They said the SuperDrive was also bad, but I couldn't afford to get it done for another $200, so I opted out of that repair. I want to replace the SuperDrive myself now, but I'm worried that the slight bend in the bottom case is what is causing it to not work, rather than actual damage to the SuperDrive. When I pop in a disc, the drive whirs and spins, but then it spits the disc right back out (with some difficulty due to the slight angle in the case.) The drive did read a CD on two separate occasions, but I think it might have been because I was pressing on the case to flatten it out a bit. I haven't been able to get it to read a DVD.
pok
4 years ago
how about the more recent macbook pros with the non-removable batteries? The case is easy to open, but once opened, a notice says,"DO NOT REMOVE BATTERY", which makes access to the track pad impossible. I want to clean a coffee spill that stopped the click function of the trackpad.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Daniel - Usually yes.
Daniel
4 years ago
The hinges on my 15" macbook pro have become a little loose and creaky over the 3 years ive owned it. How can this be fixed? Is it a matter of tightening things up? Thanks in advance.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@dani - I'll have to side with the geniuses on this one. You may be inadvertently applying pressure to the other side. Backlight issues are almost always an inverter problem.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@colette - The last video in the series should show you everything you need. You don't have to take apart the LCD itself.
dani t
4 years ago
My display backlight flickers off whenever I pull on the righthand side of the display. It is especially sensitive when my MBP is cold; sometimes I have to warm it up before I can get it to work. I have to put it to sleep and wake it up for the backlight to come on again. @ genius bar they told me it's probably the inverter cable, which is on the left hand side. Could it possibly be the video cable (right side) which is causing this problem? If that's a possibility, I'll probably just try replacing the video cable.
colette k
4 years ago
I am ordering a replacement screen for the macbook pro, do you have a video that show step by step how to disassemble the lcd and the steps to put it back together also.
Val Tora (Rome, Italy)
4 years ago
Hi! I've used your videos as guide to upgrade my MacBook Pro HD from a 120Gb Hitachi to a 500Gb Hitachi. The info was superb, very detailed and clear. I had no problems whatsoever to open the MBP, change the HD and close the unit. Prior to opening the MacBook, I used SuperDuper to copy the original HD onto the new one (mounted in an external USB box), after the HD switch I just booted from the new HD inside the MBP and everything was operational without a hitch. Thank you again for the great help. V. Tora
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Aaron - This video shows how to remove the LCD. Then you just go backwards to put it back together.
Aaron
4 years ago
So I'm ordering screen for my MacBook pro and was wondering if there is a full vidoe to show how to fix it myself.
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Dani - Try to repair permissions with Disk Utility in your Utilities folder. If that doesn't help, scan the hard drive for errors. It should give you more information on possible hard drive problems or corrupt operating system issues.
Dani
4 years ago
My MacBook Pro, now 3 1/2 yrs. old, crashed. I was able to get it up and running but it no longer responds at all when I try to force quit (Safari often "spins out"/beachballs and I have to power off and restart. Any suggestions?
Frank
4 years ago
Fellas, I'm trying to use Skype and the microphone wont work so they can't hear me but i can hear them, and then when i switch the microphone from built in internal microphone to built in input line in and then i cannot hear them but they can hear me! it seems that both speakers and microphone work is just some interference happen between them when i switch. for now I am using my i-phone headphones with mic but i was wondering if you could help me with this please with any advise. cheers
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Gary - The LCD includes the backlight. Replacing just the backlight itself is a complicated procedure we don't recommend.
Gary
4 years ago
How Do you change the backlight?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
The procedure is basically the same except that the LED doesn't have an inverter cable connection and just has the LVDS cable connection.
victor
4 years ago
is changing the led on the santa rosa mbp's the same as the lcd instructions in the video?
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