MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Logic Board Replacement
Replace the motherboard in your MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009.
- Author: Walter Galan
- Difficulty: Difficult
This motherboard includes all ports on the left side.
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- Access Door 2 steps
- Battery 1 step
- Lower Case 2 steps
- Mid Wall 2 steps
- Logic Board 19 steps
- Logic Board 9 steps
Remove the following six screws securing both the right fan and the left fan to the logic board:
Four 3.5 mm Phillips screws.
Two 3.2 mm Phillips screws.
Use a spudger to pry both the right fan and left fan connectors straight up and out of their sockets 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 connector straight away from its socket.
When disconnecting the display data cable, do not pull on the black tab secured to the cable lock. We recommend wiggling the cable while applying tension to slowly "walk" the connector out of its socket.
Carefully lift the logic board assembly from the left side and work it out of the upper case, minding the port side that may get caught during removal.
Do not entirely remove the logic board yet!
Ensure that the logic board is free from all connections to the upper case (except the battery connector) before proceeding.