MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261 Logic Board Replacement
Replace the motherboard in your MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261.
- Author: iRobot
- Difficulty: Difficult
This motherboard includes all ports on the right side.
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Do not yank the upper case off quickly. The case is attached to the logic board via a ribbon cable.
Lift up the back of the case and work your fingers along the sides, freeing the case as you go. Once you have freed the sides, you may need to rock the case up and down to free the front of the upper case.
Disconnect the multi-colored battery connector from the logic board.
To properly reassemble your MacBook Pro, you'll have to clean off and replace the thermal compound from the three chips shown here. Use our Applying Thermal Paste Guide to prepare the processor and heat sink surfaces.