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|MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Models A1226 and A1260|| |
January 28, 2014
At least the left fan on my Macbook Pro Early 2008 (1260) -- which was otherwise in great condition, started whining. Pretty embarrassing in a meeting. Since I had to open up the case anyway, I decided to to replace both fans. Purchased both from iFixit, which arrived in two business days.
Follow directions in the iFixit guide carefully, and the repair will be easy, even though categorized as "moderate" in difficulty. It took about 1/2 hour to replace both fans (I intentionally made it a "slow" repair). The replacement fans are almost noiseless, and the repair cost ($50 per fan) was well worth the investment.
Take your time, and make sure to separate out the various screw types in sequence to their removal (it makes putting everything back together very easy). Be very careful (for this model MBP) about *not* mistaking the the HDMI port screw hole for the proper case screw hole. I did this in my first repair (HD replacement) and I couldnt' remove the screw...it finally worked its way out on its own (and fell to the bottom of my case). I took to heart iFixit's caution to be very careful to not lift the keyboard too quickly (you'll easily damage the keyboard/logic board ribbon cable) --- and was glad I did. Thanks, iFixit for a great repair guide. I'd highlight with yellow circles rather than red against a dark background, Otherwise, perfect.
January 28, 2014
Both fans of my laptop started doing several noises often, until one day the left fan didn't stop doing a loud noise similar to a running bike when it isn't pedaled.
I decided to open my laptop and clean it properly, not only the left fan, but also all the laptop. Once I finished, I run the laptop again, but my problem wasn't solved.
I looked online for any solution and I found iFixit. Best website ever! First of all I tried to repair my fans, but they got worse. Their bearings were broken and nothing could be done. I tried to file down the fan cases in order to see if the noises were made by the fan blades scratching the cases. This operation ended with the right fan doing a noise that reminded me to a chainsaw cutting an iron plate.
There was nothing left to try but replacing the fans. So I ordered them.
Great! I followed the guides and in less than 15 minutes my laptop was running perfectly.
Do not hesitate in trying to repair your device. Do not resign yourself to buy a new device or to accept the outrageous cost that the official repair department impose you.
Try to repair it by yourself. Take a look to the guides that are already written, test your device, be sure of what the problem is, order the components if necessary and get on with it. I'm sure it'll be easy, fun and cheap!
December 18, 2013
December 16, 2013
Suddenly the right fan of my mbp started to make loud noises like a chainsaw. In the shop they couldn't help me other than sending the macbook to the repair shop which would've cost a fortune. So I decided to do it on my own – without any previous knowledge.
With the guide it was very easy and at the same time I could clean the dust wich had accumulated over the last five years.
December 12, 2013
Way to noisy!
Googled around and found iFixit. Ordered the part. Nice website for finding the correct part. Looked at the repair guides.
The repair was uneventful. It was nice having the before pictures to see how that funky fan power connecter went together. I also blew out some dirt that had accumulated.
1. Have some canned air ready to blow out the dirt.
2. Have some good screwdrivers.
3. take your time.
4. take photos along the way, they help
5. I use an egg carton for my screws
6. I marked the old fan with a sharpie, so I would not mix up the two identical fans
7. I also used a bit of double stick adhesive to re-stick the black tape thing.
December 3, 2013
My Macbookpro was starting to make like a rattling noise. Then one day it started squealing real loud. Turned it off and it went away but came back.
Figured the fan went totally bad. Ordered the part and followed the easy online instructions and it was fixed in about a half an hour. Now it's just as quiet as when it was new.
Take your time and read all the steps at least once before starting. Then when you get into you kind of already know what to do. Then just read and follow the instructions as you go along.
April 12, 2013
The right side fan on my Mac laptop A1260 was screaming like a pack of 10yr old girls and driving me and the family crazy.
Daunting at first seeing as I needed to remove the whole top half of the laptop and it had connections I was not familiar with, but the how to guides here on ifixit were excellent and made the whole experience a pleasure. In fact, while I had it opened, I went ahead and put in a larger HD with the money I saved from not having to pay repair labor.
It is definitely easier than you think. The Spudger tool is a no brainer, get it and use your screwdriver for something else....like screws.
March 3, 2013
The buzzing fan in my Macbook beginning to scare small children and animals
The parts picker, and the photo driven installation guides make it trouble free...
Don't cheapout on the spudger -- it should be in your toolkit - these connectors are tiny inside.