Possible problem with a logic board component cause crash.
For a few months now I am having crashes, the screen goes black and only a hard reset is needed to get it working again until it goes again.
I have read a lot about this problem after a while I also went to apple authorized reseller after talking to a senior advisor at the apple US support. We thought it was this problem that apple recognizes in these 2010 models.
At the Apple reseller they have told me they have ran the tests to check if this indeed is the problem and found no problem.
I went home and contacted Apple again, after some engineers from Apple us went over my crash reports, they have said I have a problem with the Logic Board.
I have decided to open my Macbook and take a look if I see anything out of the ordinary, and I found what I think can cause the problem. As in the photo, the component seem to be black, almost burnt like.
(sorry for it being out of focus, taken with an iPhone 3gs)
My question Are, what is this component?
Can this be the cause of the cashes?
Can this be fixed since a new logic board cost like a new laptop?
Thanks for the help.
Thanks for the note Machead3 and oldturkey03.
Added some new better quality images.
This was after I have cleaned the component with an ear cleaner and some 70% alcohol
From the other side I have atached an image from ifixit page and marked where I think the component is located.
Oded, according to the arrows on your images, the two components are as follows:
Reference designator U3303 is a MAX4249 operational amplifier. Get the datasheet from here. It will tell you all you need to know about its size and function.
The other part your arrow points to, is reference designator R1126 which is a resistor 750 ohm 1% 1/16W 402 package and is part of your CPU Clock/Misc/JTAG circuitry. So, yes either one of these parts could be responsible for your computers behavior. Like machead3 already pointed out, this would not be an easy repair. Looking at the damage on your board, you also need to make sure that the traces are in good working order, and you need to figure out why these parts got destroyed. Hope this helps, good luck.
Unless you repair logic boards/small electronics for a living this is not a DIY repair. Desoldering/re-soldering logic board components requires special tools, and skills.
Once you identify the component obtaining it and finding someone to do the repair will tell you if that's an economically viable solution.