How to Repair the Macbook Pro Logic Board at Home

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A Logic board failure (computer doesn't start, black screen) is a very common failure of (old) macbook pros. The repair costs are way higher (around 600$) than what a used non broken mac is worth. Therefore, I decided to use this method to repair my 2008 macbook pro. It worked out well. However, I do not assume any responsibility if something goes wrong using this guide.

All you need is

Step 1: Open the Top Case

  1. open the top case - you will need a torx °6 screw driver and a small Philips screwdriver

Step 2: Remove the Logic Board

2. Remove the logic board, again you will need a torx °6 and small Philips screw driver

3. Clean the logic board (remove also the thermal compound)

Step 3: Bake It!

4. put the logic board on aluminum foil pillars

5. preheaten the (kitchen) oven to 220°C / 428°F with air circulation

6. put the logic board in the oven, turn the temperature to 200°C / 392°F with air circulation

7. After 7 minutes turn the oven off and open it a bit

8. put new thermal compound on the cooling

9. after the logic board has cooled down, take it out of the oven

Step 4: Reassemble

10. install the logic board

11. put on the top case again

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ptero6000

4 months ago

It worked! I was ready to recycle my late 2011 15" Macbook when I came across this method. Apple certified repair estimate was $750. The only mistake I made was breaking the wire to the speaker (I pried when I should have slid). The speakers don't work but can still use external speaker and headphones. I found a couple of other YouTube videos to clarify some of the instruction. I used a long cool down in the oven with the door ajar.

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Wally_J

4 months ago

Where will we need to put the thermal compound? I know what it is, but not sure where it goes, in Step 8.

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ptero6000Wally_J

Reply 4 months ago

I suggest searching on youtube on how to replace thermal compound for your particular model and year of laptop as it will vary.

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IkaiK

Question 5 months ago

Can someone explain to me in detail on how and why this works? Are there any risks into doing this? I don't know much about this, so keep that in mind. Thanks in advance.

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ChristophE6

6 months ago

It worked?! It worked!!
Did this “repair” on 10-20-2018, on my 2011 MBP 15” with success. One thing to note is that some flux bubbled out from under the AMD chip after about 3 minutes and continued until I opened the oven door slightly.

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madtubeChristophE6

Reply 5 months ago

I also have a Late-2011 MBP15. At this point, it’s either do this, shell out $500 for a logic board out of a Mid-2012 to swap, or buy a new one. Any pointers I should be aware of?

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ChristophE6madtube

Reply 5 months ago

Not really anything extra to be aware of. I followed the instructions exactly. Just make sure you note all the ribbon cable locations and screws etc etc. take a photo before you take it all apart. The logic board balancing on the aluminum foil legs is pretty wobbly... if you think up a way to keep it more stable that’s the only thing extra I’d say. But I was pleasantly surprised this worked :-) Makes sense tho, reflowing solder on the surface mount components is a practice they use in industry... so... why not at home.

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johnthethird

Question 6 months ago on Step 2

Can I get a little instruction on how to clean the logic board and remove the compound? Also need to know how to apply new compound. I've got a late 2011 15" Macbook pro. Thank you!

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PMAZ7johnthethird

Answer 6 months ago

Just simple rubbing alcohol and a paper towel. Be sure not to leave any paper fibers behind. New compound will go between the cooling rails and chips. Just a pea sized bit.

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JohannesM17

1 year ago

Worked for a late 2011 macbook pro with horizontal stripes and crash on boot. Set the oven to 175° Celsius 7 Minutes and long slow cool down period with opened and turned off oven

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johnthethirdJohannesM17

Reply 6 months ago

Great to hear it worked! I have the same computer. Can you tell me how you cleaned the logic board and removed the old thermal compound? Also how you applied the new compound. Thank you!

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captnkirkPrasadkadam__

Reply 7 months ago

The thermal paste helps to carry the heat away from the three main computer chips on the lower side of the logic board onto a thermal pipe, which is then cooled by the fans on the right and left side of the logic board.

You can get this stuff at Radio Shack, or other places that sell electronics hobbyist supplies.


You will need to clean off the dried thermal compound that is on the 3 main computer chips on the lower side of the logic board, before you put it in the oven.

Before putting the logic board back into the case, you should clean off the dried thermal compound on the 3 rectangular plates located on the heat pipe that runs along the back of the lower inside of case.

You will want to add some fresh thermal paste to these 3 rectangular plates, before you place the logic board back into place.

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captnkirk

7 months ago

I am totally impressed ! I tried this fix tonight on an early-2008 MacBook Pro 15" that had died 4 years ago and was sitting in my garage. I had decided to give this beast one last chance before I threw it out, and I am glad that I did.

It took a little bit of work to get all of the connectors off the logic board. I cleaned it up and then put it in a preheated oven at 425˚F for 10 minutes. Then I turned off the oven and opened the door a crack to let it cool down. I later put it back into the chassis and reconnected all of the connectors and turned on the power. AND IT WORKS AGAIN !

Now I need to get some thermal paste for the heatsinks on the 3 major computer chips on the lower side, before I screw everything down and close it up.

Brilliant solution. Thank you very much !!!

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BillyA41

8 months ago on Introduction

I tried it and about halfway through all I could think was what am I doing right now. I continued letting it bake for the full 7 minutes, reassembled, and I couldn’t believe that it booted up. Couldn’t be happier.

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FrankW121

10 months ago

It's a method commonly known as reflow. It actually "repairs" or "re-solders" all the points on your board. It's difficult to do by hand, and there are ways to do it with real tools. There is also a cheap way by stripping your motherboard and sticking it in a common oven. A professional reflow oven, an infrared lamp or a heat gun will do it too. Whatever way you choose, it is extremely important to get to your desired temperature slowly to allow the volatile solvents in the solder paste to outgas. For paste solvents to be properly expelled and the assembly to safely reach pre-reflow temperatures, your logic-board must be heated in a consistent, linear manner so you don't crack components because of a too sharp change of temperature. You will have to let it cool down slowly as well.

Whatever way you're using, keep in mind that it is considered a temporary fix. It usually does not last more than a few months at best

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dperkin3

1 year ago on Step 4

I tried this on my early 2011 MacBook Pro 2 Ghz i7 AMD Radeon HD 6490M and Intel HD Graphics 3000. Yes it worked! Its been almost a year now, still working.

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ImreEManvendraV

Reply 1 year ago

Of course you can. Let me know how it went. LOL

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JalenR2

1 year ago

100% works. 2011 MBP Good as new in less than an hour. Awesome post, keep up the the good work