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|MacBook Core 2 Duo|| |
|MacBook Core Duo|| |
February 13, 2013
dropped computer and sheared the hinge rod on the the left hinge clutch assembly
99% successful. unfortunately, i did not understand how the inverter plugs was meant to come off the main board and ended up breaking the pins off of the main board, so now the computer is toast. oh well. it ALMOST worked for me.
not sure. i think the page in the guide that explains how to disconnect the inverter plug from the main board needs more clarity. besides that, the guide is very good, and the process is not as hard as the "difficult" rating the process gets. oh, one bit of advice: get a sleeve of small 2-3oz paper dixie cups to keep the screws from each step in. and use a marking pen to mark the cup with the number of the step that removed the screws.
at this point, i'm trying to donate the computer back to ifixit. it's full of parts that they sell. (including the new part i bought from ifixit), but i cannot seem to figure out how. they have a "sell" page, and they don't want to buy my old machine, but there doesn't seem to be an option to donate it. there needs to be.
November 12, 2012
November 21, 2011
My Macbook fell off the couch and broke the left hinge. This made the screen unable to hold itself up.
Thanks to iFixit's guides, I had no problem repairing it.
Take your time, and have somewhere to put the screws for each step... there are tons of screws.
October 24, 2011
Due to mishandling, the Macbook had a broken left hinge and the Inverter cable had been pulled out of it's plug at the motherboard end. It was a write off until I saw your website. Identified the correct Inverter cable and ordered the bits.
The machine came apart and I replaced the hinge and cable, carefully checking the seating of the plugs. The backlight still does not work and I re-checked the cables on the inverter and the motherboard. We will use the machine with an external display and keyboard. It is still better than a 5 year old Dell Desk top computer. It would be uneconomical to spend any more money on it.
The parts were ordered on a Friday and arrived at my home in the UK on the following Monday. Delighted with the speed of delivery. Have now got an extra bill from FedEx for import duty of eighteen UK Pounds which I did not expect. Will be wary of ordering parts not sourced in the UK.
Didn't take any photos, just got on with the job.
September 19, 2011
My kid dropped his MacBook and broke the hinge. Apple said fixing the hinge was a major repair. He lived with it for a while but when the HD also died I decided to try to fix it myself.
Went fine. Fixing the hinge really was a big, time consuming job since it required disassembly of the display. But it went fine. I also replaced the optical drive and the HD.
The clear, step-by-step photos on iFixit.com were the main reason I decided to give it a try. And having the correct parts and tools indicated on the site was also a major help. I did have a question about if I had the correct optical drive but Mike responded quickly that it was.
August 9, 2011
I broke the left hinge when I dropped my mac. The Apple store quoted me $800 to fix it. What's the point? I was ready to buy a new Mac for that price. I think that is what Mac was hoping for. I did it myself for $100.
Directions said difficult. I have never taken apart a computer apart but I finished in about two hours. No problem!
Keep track of the screws. After starting the project I drew boxes on a piece of paper and numbered them according to the step number on the I-fixit site. For each step I placed the screws in that box. I don't know if I ever would have figured out which screws went where when it came to putting the computer back together.