MacBook Core 2 Duo Fan Replacement

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Replacing a defective fan is pretty easy and will keep your laptop running cool.

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Use a coin to rotate the battery-locking screw 90 degrees clockwise.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Lift the battery out of the computer.

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Edit Step 3 Memory Cover  ¶ 

  • Unscrew the three evenly-spaced Phillips screws from along the rear wall of the battery compartment.

  • The screws are captive to the metal memory cover so you cannot lose them.

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  • Rotate the L-shaped memory cover so it clears the battery compartment opening and lift it up and out of the computer.

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Edit Step 5 Upper Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following 3 screws:

    • One 11 mm Phillips#00 in the middle of the case. (Head: 5mm dia. x .75mm thick)

    • Two 14.5 mm Phillips #00 (Head: 5mm dia. x .75mm thick)

  • If the screws stick in the case, you can use a magnetized screwdriver to draw them out.

  • The shorter of the three screws goes in the middle.

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  • Remove the following 3 screws from the rear wall of the battery compartment:

    • One 3 mm Phillips #0. (Head: 2.75 mm. dia.)

    • Two 4 mm Phillips #0 on the either side. (Head: 2.75mm dia.)

  • Take extra caution with these screws as they can strip easily.

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  • Remove the two Phillips screws from either side of the right wall of the battery compartment (not the ones closest to the battery connector).

    • Two 6.25 mm Phillips #000. (Head: 4 mm. dia. x .5mm thick)

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  • Remove the four indicated Phillips screws from the front wall of the battery compartment. When working from the left, remove the 2nd, 4th, 7th and 9th screw.

    • Four 3.25 mm Phillips #000. (Head: 4 mm. dia. x 4mm thick)

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  • Remove the following 4 screws from the back of the computer:

  • The longer screws go on the inside, shorter screws on the outside.

    • Two 11 mm Phillips #00, with Shank (2.2mm dia. x 2 mm len.) (Head: 3.2 mm. dia. x .5mm thick)

    • Two 7.25 mm Phillips #00, with Shank (2mm dia. x 3.75 mm len.) (Head: 3.2 mm. dia. x .5mm thick)

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  • Remove the two Phillips screws from the optical drive side of the computer.

    • Two 5.2 mm Phillips #00, with Shank (2.3mm dia. x 3.5 mm len.) (Head: 3.2 mm. dia. x .5mm thick)

  • It is not necessary to remove the similar screws on the other side of the computer.

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  • There's a trackpad and keyboard ribbon connecting the upper case to the logic board, so don't pull the upper case off entirely just yet.

  • Starting near the display and working around to the front of the computer, pry up on the upper case. A plastic opening tool or a medium hard guitar pick may help you to do this.

  • The upper case is likely to stick at the connection above the optical drive. If this is the case, first free all other sides, then proceed to pull upward on the upper case from either side of the optical drive opening.

  • If you stand the base on end to get a better look you may displace the total of 4 grey plastic clips that hold the keyboard in place. Don't panic. They slide into slots at the top right-most edge near the CD drive.

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  • While holding up the upper case, pull up the black tab of the silver cable away from its connector.

  • If there is no black tab, you can also use a spudger to gently pry the connector from its housing. This connector is tall, so be sure to pry straight up.

  • If you happen to break your upper case cable when removing the upper case, we stock the cable individually and we have a guide that makes replacing it easy.

  • While you have the upper case removed, you may want to take the opportunity to remove dust, hair, etc. It's best to use a can of compressed air, though if you use a brush, make sure that its bristles are made of a material (usually animal hair) that doesn't generate static electricity, which can destroy electronics.

  • Upon reassembly, there are 4 grey plastic clips on the optical drive side of the keyboard (refer to second picture). They must be installed in their slots for the keyboard to snap in properly.

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Edit Step 13 Fan  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to disconnect the orange optical drive cable from the logic board.

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  • Use a spudger to disconnect the black fan connector from the logic board.

  • If you have a MacBook Core 2 Duo Santa Rosa/Penryn, the black fan connector resides in a different location.

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  • Deroute the fan cable from behind the tab on the left side of the fan.

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  • Peel up the silver foil tape between the fan and the optical drive.

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to move the gray display data and black speaker cables to the right. This will reveal a silver screw securing the fan housing to the lower case.

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  • Remove the following 2 screws:

    • One 3 mm Phillips on the right side of the fan.

    • One 6 mm Phillips on the left side of the fan.

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Lift the fan and its attached mounting bracket up and out of the computer, being careful not to rip the black felt tape.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the MacBook Core 2 Duo device page.

Required Tools

Phillips #0 Screwdriver

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Phillips #00 Screwdriver

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Coin

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Phillips #000 Screwdriver

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Comments Comments are onturn off

My wife's MacBook has been overheating for some time, and then shutting itself down. Your instructions were great, but I did note that I needed to unscrew the cable tie near the speaker in Step 17.

The system had some dust in it, used the air can to spray it all out. Dust was on the heatsink vents, too. Closed it all up, and peak temps during a software install that crashed it three times yesterday was 145F - yesterday it was passing 170F and crashing.

Thanks for the instructions, ifixit!

Redwolf, · Reply

Download and print out the PDF version of the repair guide. Tape the screws to their corresponding image in the guide so that you can't go wrong!

Donal Caulfield, · Reply

what a great idea! i've been thinking about a solution for organizing screws. that's genius!

Victoria,

Worked a treat!!

aweinmann, · Reply

Very easy to do and the guides are spot on. Took me about 20 minutes to do and no hairy moments at all.

I recommend using an ice cube tray, and put the screws from each step in a different compartment as you go along. Not that there are that many screws but it makes life easy.

'Hardest' step for me was reconnecting the fan power plug, is quite small and I kept trying to put in on upside down..not so easy if you have big fingers.

mjedmondson, · Reply

Thanks for the guide! You've saved me from unscrewing many unnecessary screws and allowed me to perform this repair without damaging anything (except the brittle old felt tape, no way was that coming off, I used black photographers tape as a replacement). My 4 year old MB was making horrible noises, overheating and was almost unusable. I found an inexpensive fan on eBay ($13), and in less than half an hour it is running like new. I don't know what the quality is like compared to a part ordered from Apple, (only time will tell) but for now it is working great.

JWeybright, · Reply

This was definitely a moderately complex do-it-yourself fix. As a 51 year old female, I am moderately mechanical and it took me an hour. I printed the instructions and the comments from users and used an ice cube tray for the screws. In Step 5, the two 14.5mm screws would not come out, so, like others have mentioned, I loosened them and left them in. In Step 11, I used a plastic flat pick to pry the cover off, it was hard near the on/off button on the top right but it did work after a while. I had no problems getting the cable connector nor the fan connectors off, but for both these items and the orange optical drive connector, it is critical to press them back firmly in place when re-assembling. In Step 18, a tweezer or bent nose plier are helpful. In Step 19, my black tape ripped so I used a piece of masking tape to hold everything together. Highly recommend getting the right screwdriver and something to blow the dust out of the case.

anniekhan, · Reply

When I took the old fan out I saw significant build-up of dust on the left side (as seen in the pic of step 18. Blew it all out, cleaned up the heat sink and all other dust. BUT when I went to replace the 6 mm screw on the left, it would not seat into its threads. I had to take out the fan again to find out what was wrong: The threads had come loose from their housing, a plastic housing holding brass threads. The plastic had cracked and released the brass threads. I guess the overheating on that side due to the excess dust had caused it. Anyway, nothing to do but to clean out the pieces of plastic and remove the brass threads so it wouldn't rattle around inside the computer. I just left out the 6 mm screw and hoped that the one on the right and the 11 mm screw from step 5 would hold it well enough. So far seems to be good.

BTW, it was impossible to get the old fan out without tearing the black felt tape. I put it back as best as I could and sealed the tears with a piece of paper tape (first aid-type) (assuming that it should be non-conducting).

David Laffie, · Reply

Hi, Thanks for the guide! I took the Macbook apart and the fan off for the sole purpose of spraying the computer free of dust from the inside. It's easy to dissassemble... as long as you're very organized with the screws. Lifting the tabs near the optical drive was difficult.

However putting it back together was kind of a bugger. The whole keyboard assembly sort of expanded and deformed a little bit, probably because of the heat/cold cycles. I had a hard time with the clips below the optical drive (I actually broke one), and fitting the screws back was a bit difficult. The computer seems to run a bit cooler, about 5 or 7º C below usual when idle.

Nevertheless, I succeeded, and left behind my fear to strip my compute to bare guts. Thank you iFixit.

Christian, · Reply

Hi! I can't remove the screw in the middle with a Philis #00. Do you believe a #000 wold work better?

andreacapecci, · Reply

Just changed the fan in my 2007 MacBook and it's so quiet now. It was easy once I read the online instructions, then went to the Android ap on my cell phone and followed the guide step by step as I took the computer apart. I had taken it apart before to clean the fan, but these instructions were much better. The last part about the foam tape: mine would not lift off so I had to rip it along the edge and replaced it with blk. electrical tape. I also used a metal nail file instead of a spludger and it also worked well shifting wires out of the way without having a sharp edge to do damage. Will be looking into adding some speed to this laptop too. We'll see.

Thanks a bunch!

dentednj, · Reply

Extremely helpful! Clear and succinct. And this was my first time tinkering.

Thank you :D

Mary, · Reply

Ordered my fan yesterday it arrived today. Followed these steps it was so easy. My computer has been thru !@#$ and back a few times it's an early model 2009 MacBook and the fan started to sound like that jet so many have referred to would overheat and shutdown. I've never attempted to fix a computer so was a bit nervous but it was a fun project. Can't imagine how much I saved if I were to take it into a repair shop. Thanks for being so fast with delivery and the instructions! See if we can get a bit more life out of the Ol girl!!

ringo00, · Reply

I used this guide plus the Thermal Paste guide to resolve my MacBook RRS (Random Restart Syndrome) issue. My MacBook would randomly restart after the fan kicked into high speed. When I removed the heatsink I discovered an an irregular patch completely free of thermal compound of about 15-20% of the area on one of the processors. I removed and re-applied the thermal paste. I ran a memory test utility overnight that previously caused a restart after a couple of hours, and the probelm seems to be solved. TIme will tell.

ServiceDocs, · Reply

This guide was seriously helpful, so thanks for putting this together. I found a thick ribbon of dust/muck whatever between the fan outlet and the exhaust port that was almost as dense as felt. My fan must have been fighting like crazy trying to pass air through that blockage, which explains the high temps and excessive fan noise. Wish I'd done this sooner...

Thanks again!

skraggle, · Reply

Just R&R'ed the fan in my black MacBook Core 2 Duo tonight. Took me 30 minutes tops and I was taking my time. These instructions are SPOT ON! Great job ifixit.com! Two thumbs up!

Follow the instructions exactly as you see and have a piece of paper taped to the table next to you that you can outline all the screws you took out so you know where they go back in. I expected this to be a LOT harder, but it was one of the simplest repairs I've ever done to ANY computer!

mikeutter, · Reply

Piece of cake--or should I say gum. If you don't have a magnetized screwdriver, load up a stick of gum and chomp on it until it's needed then use a bit to retain screw on the driver. And if you should tear the black tape, or if the silver tape won't stick any more, just bubblegum it together. The instructions were clear and correct, which made for a very simple repair.

Mike Woodruff, · Reply

My battery does not pop out when after step 1. Any idea why, and how do fix it?

Calvin, · Reply

Quote from Calvin:

My battery does not pop out when after step 1. Any idea why, and how do fix it?

Will not drop out even if you turn it upside down?

skraggle, · Reply

Somehow, now my isight camera doesn't work and the light is always on. Cannot figure out what I did wrong.

josefsalyer, · Reply

Somehow the plastic disc with the slot for a coin got dislodged from the case, and I can't seem to get it open now. Any tips/links on how to open this without the aid of the plastic disc?

Peter Wood, · Reply

i broke my disc off as well. I used two toothpicks to rotate the thing. hi tech.

howard bederman,

please pay attention that screws are native to metal pieces otherwise you are going to be a stupid like me trying to unscrew unsuccessfully until I reread the guide

manochu, · Reply

Lay the screws out in a ”timeline” like a circle, Then when you reassemble just start from the end of the “timeline”

decristoforo, · Reply

I couldn't get the top two 11mm screws to come out, even with a magnetized driver. When I tried to keep unscrewing them, they clicked like they were spring mounted, and I didn't have any trouble leaving them in and continuing on.

ryan64, · Reply

Quote from ryan64:

I couldn't get the top two 11mm screws to come out, even with a magnetized driver. When I tried to keep unscrewing them, they clicked like they were spring mounted, and I didn't have any trouble leaving them in and continuing on.

I use a strong magnet to pull the screws out of their socket.

Alaerus, · Reply

The top two screws didn't seem to want to come out, and I saw no reason they had to, so I left them there, put a little piece of tape over each so they wouldn't fall out.

HandyMac, · Reply

You need to replace the shorter middle screw first, otherwise it won't tighten later since it won't quite reach the bottom.

colmcostelloe, · Reply

for me this was the hardest part especially the two 14.5mm that dint want to come out. keep turning the screw and slightly pressing the case down, once the screw is a little use try using finger, screw and a non metallic point to try to push them out. they arent tight but they are very hard to unscrew i almost gave up, but believe me they come out with patience

manochu, · Reply

I also did not find that I needed to remove the two 14.5 mm screws. I unscrewed them but they seemed designed to stay with the case and I found it did not seem to affect anything to just let them stay there.

Alice, · Reply

On this step, I encountered a problem. The middle screw was screwed in very very tightly. As a result, I ended up stripping the screw despite being very careful. I tried to use a wire cutter to remove the screw, but that did not work. I actually ended up using the wirecutter to cut the bracket off, leaving the screw screwed in. This did not affect anything. I am typing off of my replace macbook top case right now.

The point is, BE CAREFUL! but if something does go wrong, don't fret. There are solutions.

LaNoobieFixer, · Reply

Quote from LaNoobieFixer:

On this step, I encountered a problem. The middle screw was screwed in very very tightly. As a result, I ended up stripping the screw despite being very careful. I tried to use a wire cutter to remove the screw, but that did not work. I actually ended up using the wirecutter to cut the bracket off, leaving the screw screwed in. This did not affect anything. I am typing off of my replace macbook top case right now.

The point is, BE CAREFUL! but if something does go wrong, don't fret. There are solutions.

get the thing on tv that removes stripped screws next time

Nick, · Reply

On a Macbook I just tore down, I found that in this step, the 4mm screw was on the left, not the right. I thought maybe someone else had it apart before and accidentally switched them so in staying true to these instructions I tried to reassemble with the 4mm screw on the right. I found it would not go all the way in. I ended up putting it back together with the 2-3mm screws on the right and the 1-4mm screw on the left.

scottgriz, · Reply

I didn't look closely at these screws when I took it apart, but when I went to put it back together (two weeks later) I found I had two longer (4mm?) screws, and one short one. So I put the longer ones in the two end spots, the short one in the middle; they all seemed to go in okay. (Maybe the screws got changed around the last time the cracked top case was replaced, when the MB was in the Apple shop under warranty last year.)

HandyMac, · Reply

Me too. I had two longer 4mm screws here, and one 3mm screw. And I didn't pay attention to what holes each screw came out of. I put them back in a random order and it seems fine.

Thomas,

My early 2008 MacBook was the same. 2 x 4mm in the outer and 1 x 3mm in the centre.

Ernie K,

You need to replace the shorter middle screw first, otherwise it won't tighten later.

colmcostelloe, · Reply

I needed a tweezers here. These screws are tiny!

If you lose one you may have to remove the RAM (by pulling the appropriate lever) and gently slide out the screw.

colmcostelloe, · Reply

I couldn't pull over the two 3 mm Phillips on the step 6, how could you've done it?

Eliotus, · Reply

To confirm what HandyMac and colmcostelloe found, some MacBooks have one 3mm and two 4mm screws in the rear wall of the battery compartment. On the one I worked on, the shorter 3mm screw came from the middle hole.

BeatJunkie, · Reply

please note the position of the screws because when you are reinstalling them you might get confuse. this ones go below or under (sorry English inst my first language). There are two screw holes this steps are for the ones below.

manochu, · Reply

Quote from BeatJunkie:

To confirm what HandyMac and colmcostelloe found, some MacBooks have one 3mm and two 4mm screws in the rear wall of the battery compartment. On the one I worked on, the shorter 3mm screw came from the middle hole.

Thanks Beat Junkie, this was the situation with my Mac 2.13ghz Mid 2009 that I was putting back together. Thanks for the confirmation! (For the 6th step)

Cong Trieu, · Reply

For me (A1181), there were two shorter screws and one longer. The longer went on the left (a shorter screw wouldn't catch). (Not the middle that is currently in the instruction. But that could be model difference.) The middle screw started to strip the head but using a slightly larger phillips allowed me to get it out.

Paul Collins, · Reply

I have two MacBooks, one white and one black and both had two 3mm screws and one 4mm screw, opposite of what was in the main document

doublel, · Reply

In my late 2006 macbook the central screw was longer than the side screws..

Julien Lesage, · Reply

The steps do not tell you what length screw that is needed to be here. What I can tell you that is the screw needs to be 5mm or 6mm, NOT 7.5 or 8mm or 9mm.

Cong Trieu, · Reply

Outer screws (red) are shorter (7mm long), while inner screws (orange) are 11mm.

ptb, · Reply

I found these screws quite loose; upon reassembly, I wanted to torque them but found the case would distort towards the center, so I had to leave them fairly loose

David A, · Reply

There will be 4 grey plastic clips just right of the DVD drive. Note their position as they will fall out in the next steps.

tim7866, · Reply

No such clips found on my early 2008 version.

Ernie K,

Thank you ifixit, it was huge help for me, I did it and everything just works great.....THANK YOU!

Dako, · Reply

As is reported above, there a 4 friction tabs that connect to the keyboard. If they do not stay in place and stick to the keyboard, the keyboard will not go back on. Just remove them and put them in the clips, with the solid clip wall to the outside of the unit, and put the keyboard back on. Do this before reconnecting the keyboard.

David Higgins, · Reply

I had no problem at all in this step, the left side was already unlocked when I open the MacBook, the right side was a little tricky but i was able to pull it out in less than a minute

manochu, · Reply

The front left had an annoying little metal strip between the outside of the case and the tab. It's very easily bent, so the tab was caught on it. I spent a good deal of time trying to push and pull various things (and even just yank the @$!^ thing off), but eventually I found that if you undo the two screws you are told not to in step 7, the battery connector can be pulled up and out, leaving enough horizontal room to pull out the metal strip (with a little bit of coercion). I left it out when I put everything back together.

James Pearson, · Reply

Because this step requires some force, make sure to double check that you got all your screws out. I finally got my gumption up to apply the necessary force required to pull up the upper case, and after 5 minutes of pulling, I look and see that the reason it wasn't coming up because I missed one screw. Ugh.

Also, before you just shove your hands under the upper case, prying about, think twice: I cut my finger pretty bad on a sharp piece of metal.

Thomas, · Reply

When reassembling, take some care to align the tabs on the right hand side next to the optical drive. Rock and slide these tabs into position. Then work from right to left, as the rest of the case is quite easy to put back together.

Andrew Dent, · Reply

I took my mac apart yesterday to clean out the trackpad properly and after getting some 'help' from my grandfather (he lost 2 screws and snapped off a bit of the uppercase but i didn't have the heart to ask him to leave it alone) i tried putting the uppercase back on. it fits perfectly but the middle section closest to the screen appears slightly raised and when i go to screw in the four screws on the exterior of the laptop i can't because the hole is not at all aligned (and two of those four screws are very long). anyone know why this might be? can it be fixed/is it a common problem?

Eliza, · Reply

If the upper case sticks above the optical drive, don't pull straight up, but up and to the left at the same time.

frood, · Reply

The plastic around the edge is very thin and cracks easily, so be gentle while using the opening tool.

Henry S, · Reply

On the right side above the optical drive there are little plastic braces that latch the upper case to the main body. This is the reason why the upper case might stick here. If the above step is not working, also try to gently push the upper case sideways away from the optical drive after freeing all other sides. When reassembling make sure the braces are in their slots of the main body and not attached to the upper case. If you cannot fit the upper case evenly over the optical drive, that's probably why. In this case carefully remove them and slide them back into their slots before lowering the upper case.

Hendryk1982, · Reply

this guide was awesome. this step was easy for the broken macbook i salvaged and noticed because i got a factory replacement keyboard quite recently on my macbook in use, the 4 clips above the optical drive were TIGHT - it took quite a bit of pulling up before it came loose!

Chinarut Ruangchotvit, · Reply

When changing the topcase remember to change the sticker with the serial also! This might be important when further service or bigger repairs by apples service are needed. The serial also helps you with identifying your macbook!

spi, · Reply

The entire connector broke off the logic board when I was disconnecting the keyboard just now. Be extremely careful!

Chris, · Reply

I tried to remove the blacktab from the logic board, however, the black tab tore apart. The logic board is okay but the keyboard connector is torn. It has some silver wires passing through a whit plastic housing. It is the first generation of MacBook Core Duo. Do you think it can be repaired?

Roger, · Reply

I could not get the keyboard off my the body... (black macbook I don't know if that makes any difference). It was stuck bottom left hand corner, so I had to bend whatever was stuck to get access to the logicboard etc... any reason why this is the case??

Takuma, · Reply

not sure if this is the place to ask but my mac. doesn't start properly now it turns on and the little light on the right side turns on but keyboard leds don't and display doesn't either any ideas please?

carlos, · Reply

Great repair guide! Changing the top case was pretty easy and it saved me a lot of money.

Harry, · Reply

it was really easy, i had no experience whatsoever installing or unistalling mac parts (or pc either). it just took me less than 25 minutes, and i just finish and Im typing from my new upper case keyboard.

manochu, · Reply

After a sucessful install of the keyboard, the select (mouse buttun equivalent) was found to not operate consistently. I called support and they are shipping a new one out to me. THIS is why I buy from ifixit - sure I can get a part for less elsewhere - but I would not get the service I get with ifixit - THANKS guys!!!

jgreengold, · Reply

Note - I agree, this was VERY easy - great pictures, perfect explanations...

jgreengold, · Reply

Quote from carlos:

not sure if this is the place to ask but my mac. doesn't start properly now it turns on and the little light on the right side turns on but keyboard leds don't and display doesn't either any ideas please?

Did you ever find an answer for this question? My computer is doing the same thing. Thanks.

E Chambliss, · Reply

Quote from E Chambliss:

Did you ever find an answer for this question? My computer is doing the same thing. Thanks.

no i never did couldn't get help it blows to hear someone else had the same problem...im using a windows(yuk) but im getting a new mac next paycheck. if you figure it out let me know so i can fix my other one and maybe give it to my parents

carlos, · Reply

Quote from carlos:

no i never did couldn't get help it blows to hear someone else had the same problem...im using a windows(yuk) but im getting a new mac next paycheck. if you figure it out let me know so i can fix my other one and maybe give it to my parents

Hello, I'm following this procedure because my MacBook isn't turning on due to a failure in the MagSafe DC In board, it was not charging the battery and therefore no power going in. The case was broken duirng warranty and also the MagSafe power adapter was replaced. Now it is failing again. This is an old late 2006 MacBook. Does your Mac powers on, do you hear the chime sound? or you are stuck with a hardware failure?

Francisco, · Reply

Quote from Francisco:

Hello, I'm following this procedure because my MacBook isn't turning on due to a failure in the MagSafe DC In board, it was not charging the battery and therefore no power going in. The case was broken duirng warranty and also the MagSafe power adapter was replaced. Now it is failing again. This is an old late 2006 MacBook. Does your Mac powers on, do you hear the chime sound? or you are stuck with a hardware failure?

my MacBook charges the battery and powers on i dont hear a chime and it turns on but never starts

carlos, · Reply

Quote from spi:

When changing the topcase remember to change the sticker with the serial also! This might be important when further service or bigger repairs by apples service are needed. The serial also helps you with identifying your MacBook!

How do you do it? I can't get it out

Superb guide thank you guys

eli, · Reply

This takes some nerves if there is no tab, but be confident and just prise the connector straight up.

Andrew Dent, · Reply

Be very careful while you pulling the black tab! It's better to use spudger to pry the connector from it's housing while you gently pulling the black tab.

eaksut, · Reply

You mean just pulling it up? I'm not sure about this step coz it's kinda stuck there hard.

kouisawang, · Reply

CAUTION! While gently disconnecting with the spudger, I popped the soldered connection off the logic board. It doesn't look like it is supposed to unplug. Now looking for a professional repair.

jh14797, · Reply

Any success with professional repair? I've done exactly the same thing - gutted I didn't read the comments first =( off to genius bar tomorrow but not sure they will be helpful!

Edward Byers,

/!\ Same as jh14797 : the fan connector seemed to be directly soldered on my Macbook motherboard. Now it is unsoldered and the fan does not work anymore... Of course this is something I can't fix myself :(

me123456, · Reply

I did the same thing on my 2007 (while prying the black fan connector free, popped the soldered bit off the logic board). So disappointed. My "quick repair" just turned into an expensive ordeal.

alanapost, · Reply

any luck? final cost? could they fix it at the mac store?

Edward Byers,

yup, did the same thing here - i broke the soldered bottom part of the connector off the logic board. i think the key to getting it off correctly is to use the spudger from the back to loosen the connector, where the wires are. if you use the spudger from the front, as i did, then it's easier to break the whole connector off -- or that's my guess at least.

looking now to see if i can solder it back by myself.. ;Z

andreahull, · Reply

broke the same thing on my 2007 macbook but i secured it with some adhesive...

http://www.ks-klebstoffe.de/pd-197277085...

although it was broken it works just great in the end without any problems! ;)

Guybrush Threepwood, · Reply

what type of adhesive is it, just any type of multipurpose glue? I'm in the states and don't want to import if I don't have to. I have thermal paste as well and wasn't sure if I could use that and not disrupt the connection. Did you put the glue on just surrounding areas or just directly over the connectors?

soundly,

I ripped my silver foil tape a bit, any thoughts on replacing it, leaving it alone, or adding some electrical tape on top to keep things in place?

Noto, · Reply

Trying not to rip the black tape is the most difficult part of this fix. I failed miserably.. TeeJay

TeeJay, · Reply

I got the old fan out without ripping the tape--the (really simple) trick is to start at one end and go reaaallly slowly--but i tore a little chunk out of it while trying to get the new one in. I would recommend using the spudger or something to hold the tape up while you put the new one in. A final step on removing/replacing the fan would be helpful for newbies like me.

AlexMcG, · Reply

what is the important of the black tape, i failed too and im worried, what can i do?

javier FJ, · Reply

Quote from javier FJ:

what is the important of the black tape, i failed too and im worried, what can i do?

javier FJ, · Reply

Quote from javier FJ:

what is the important of the black tape, i failed too and im worried, what can i do?

It looks to me like it just keeps more of the fans' output from blowing back inside the laptop. I tore it too. I put it back as best I could and then covered the entire black tape with masking tape to seal the holes.

karllamberg, · Reply

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It looks to me like it just keeps more of the fans' output from blowing back inside the laptop. I tore it too. I put it back as best I could and then covered the entire black tape with masking tape to seal the holes.

thanks for the tip man, i was misforgoten big thanks for ifix team, great work !

javier FJ, · Reply

Very cool, thank you. I managed to clean my fan and removed like half a ton of brown dust. Ugly as &@*! because of the pretty smoky environment the book sometimes operates in ;)

I have just fired up half a dozen rather huge programs and the book runs just cool and calm again.

Thanks a million!

grrreg therare, · Reply

This was a fantastic guide and really helped a ton. I play World of Warcraft on my late 2006 MacBook and it recently got to the point where I couldn't play the game for more than a few minutes before the temp skyrocketed to over 190 degrees and the game became unplayable with constant stuttering. Now it runs cool and my framerates are fantastic again even in 25 man raids. Thanks iFixit!

Nick, · Reply

Excellent guide. As long as you pay attention and keep everything organized you can't go wrong. Out with the old 2006 fan, in with the new 2010 one... Thanks a lot for the guide and for the fan (which, at around $80, seems a bit overpriced but hey, the MacBook's alive and kicking again).

TaZ, · Reply

once again, thanks ifixit. i was succesful.

Mugen, · Reply

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