Dead screen, no wifi, but everything else seems fine
i managed to pick up a second hand macbook pro unibody 2009 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo in pretty bad shape for less than an absolute steal. I originally had no hope for the unit, but here i am actually typing this message on it.
So far everything seems to work - i gave it a thorough clean, and installed my other macbook pro's old hard drive into it (it had lion on already from the other macbook pro - i upgraded to an SSD in that one, and just kept the drive in case of something going wrong). I also replaced the 1gb memory module with 2 2GB modules (also from my other macbook pro).
when i did the clean out and hard drive install i saw that there were three pins broken / missing on the logic board where the screen cable attaches to the board. (the long row of teeth looking pins - about 1/3rd of the way in there are three missing / broken / damaged.
I have taken the logic board out and on the bottom the mic cable is also busted (someone must have tried a shoddy repair job as it looks like its been attempted but not succeeded. I've checked and the mic doesn't work.
so, i'm currently typing this on the machine, all working (isight camera as well), plugged into an external screen.
The two things that worry me are the cost for the new logic board - is it worth it? and that the wifi isn't working (but could this be a lion fault?)
is spending 600 bucks on a new board worth it? and how can i test to see if the wifi is working.
i can't boot into recovery mode as there isn't one by the looks of it? and also it doesn't like the external screen for the boot process... it only activates once you're in Lion.
any help would be appreciated.