How to Repair the Macbook Pro Logic Board at Home

Introduction: How to Repair the Macbook Pro Logic Board at Home

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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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.

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

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.

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

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

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

do you think this method will work for logic board failure caused by liquid damage?

Worked on an early 2011 15" macbook pro! I don't have to spend $500 on another (possibly questionable) motherboard!

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Did you by any chance have a red apple at any time?

I am experiencing a screen that shows a red apple and red progress line and then a while screen. sometimes it shows an out of sync apple (shades of blue then gray and shades of red on the trailing side of the apple), three vertical bars spaced about 2" apart from the right side of the screen then dies. Sound familiar? Thanks.

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Would this work with a newer laptop, specifically Macbook Pro 13" Retina (mid 2014)? My logic board isn't completely dead (yet) cause my screen isn't black and my macbook still works, but it's on it's way there. My volume is stuck on mute and it constantly sends me "Application unexpectedly quit" errors. I took it to the genius bar and they confirmed that my logic board is failing. $475 for repair! I might as well buy a whole new laptop.

Incredible! Writing this using my resurrected Macbook 17" 2011 - A1297. The machine wasn't able to turn on, black screen with running fan, probably due to the announced AMD GPU failure or something. But it's working like a charm now without any issue, amazing :-) Thanks a ton

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Amazing, this is the 2nd time I've baked the Macbook. So this is 8 months after the first attempt, the Mac turned into a silent black screen box with fan and hard disk running. Less than 30 mins for the whole process, and again, it works! Thanks so much :-)

Thanks! Btw it helped me to use a little iron wire to hang the board on to a grill. That way you can use the wire to go through the screw holes and not touch anything else.

Hey there! Is there any particular thermal compound you recommend over another? I'm having a hard time getting my hands on the German one featured on here. Thanks for posting this, can't wait to try it on my Mac, what's the worst that can happen, it's currently DOA as this is the 2nd time the motherboard has died. Apple replaced it but it died like 7 months later and they offered me cash to get rid of me hahaha. I bought a new Mac but my old one deserves a second, er, third chance, thinks me :)

Truly amazing!! Thank you so much, you saved my laptop! I am still in shock that it worked. Had taken my late 2011 17" MacBook Pro to apple when it wouldn't get past a blue screen which just happened suddenly and was told the logic board was dead. Of course there was a recall that had ended in late Dec 2016 and this happened in February so thought I would have to pay for a new logic board but then couldn't believe that they told me they weren't being made anymore! I had nothing to lose. Was truly very skeptical and my husband said it was just a prank created by a group of people. THIS IS NOT A JOKE! It works. So grateful to have my computer back. You are awesome!!!

This worked MacBook working as good as the day I bought it. Thanks!

Can anyone tell me if I can do the same with MacBook Air 2013 13inch .. it's been sitting dead for past 1 year