MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011 Logic Board Replacement
Replace a fried logic board on your Early 2011 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody.
- Author: Andrew Bookholt
- Difficulty: Difficult
Use this guide to completely replace the logic board.
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- Lower Case 2 steps
- Battery Connection 2 steps
- Fan 3 steps
- Logic Board 12 steps
- Left Speaker 4 steps
- Logic Board 5 steps
Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.
It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.
Use the edge of a spudger to gently pry the fan connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.
It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector.
The fan socket and the fan connector can be seen in the second and third pictures. Be careful not to break the plastic fan socket off the logic board as you use your spudger to lift the fan connector straight up and out of its socket. The layout of the logic board shown in the second picture may look slightly different than your machine but the fan socket is the same.
Grab the plastic pull tab secured to the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer.
Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket on the logic board.
Do not lift up on the display data cable, as its socket is very fragile. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.
Remove the three 8.4 mm #1 Phillips screws securing the heat sink to the logic board.
Don't lose the springs held under each of the screws.
Carefully remove the heat sink from the processor.
If the heat sink seems to be stuck, it may be helpful to gently pry it off the processor with a plastic spudger. Be careful not to break any surface mount components on the processor while prying.
Be sure to clean off the old thermal paste and apply a new layer before you reinstall the heat sink. We have a guide that makes it easy.