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June 13, 2013
Sometimes laptop wouldn't charge when plugged in.
Excellent; it was the first time I've taken apart any components of a computer and the guide was very thorough.
If the computer does not turn on after replacing the board, check the keyboard connection tab to the right of the battery connection. (It's hard to push back in, and mine was not fully in the slot after putting my computer back together.)
March 13, 2013
A while back the magsafe connection got really hot while charging. There apparently was a short across the connections (baby had been sucking on the end of the magsafe plug), maybe due to moisture. One cord was ruined, which I also replaced, but the DC-in board was not working as well either. I had to jiggle the plug just right to get it to charge. Sometimes it would have the orange light indicating the battery was charging, when it actually wasn't. Just about drained the battery a few times doing this. After doing this for months I decided to see if this could be replaced.
The directions with pictures from ifixit were excellent. This was called a difficult repair, taking out the logic board, but the step-by-step directions made it relatively easy.
It took just over an hour to do the whole repair and test the system to make sure all of the connections were back in place. Having the right tools made it easy as well.
It was worth doing this, and for me it wasn't near as hard as I thought it was going to be. There are a few more steps than replacing other components, but the directions are so clear that you shouldn't be intimidated.
And now I can just put the magsafe connector on and it instantly connects. I don't have to hope I can get it to connect before the battery goes dead.
I'm very satisfied with the process and will definitely use ifixit for other computer and gadget fixes.
October 25, 2012
Pulled the power cord (tripped over it) and unlucky the macbook landed on the tile floor right on the powercord plug (while still in the macbook) this shoved the DC-in connector inside the casing, also denting the casing. Macbook would not charge the battery or run on A/C after that.
Through ifixit video i was able to remove the old DC-in board and replace it with a new one I ordered from them.
I had to leave the DC-in board unscrewed because the damage recessed the screw-holes too far in not allowing for connection with powercord male. It sits loosely inside but the magnet on the powercord male moves it too connection. It works now.
December 19, 2011
After spilling a small amount of root beer on my laptop, I immediately turned it off and removed the power source. After wiping it off I let it sit for two weeks in my closet to dry. But when I plugged it back in the battery would not charge and only got up to 20% capacity (indicator lite only would show 2 bars). Also, the power sorce light was barely visible. The power sorce charged another Mac easily. Connected to the other Mac, it's light was bright and clearly visible. My Mac turned on and otherwise operated normally.
My Mac was out of warrenty and the people at my local Mac retail store (PeachMac) said there was nothing they could do.
Even though everyone refused to even attempt to fix it, I couldnt just throw this machine away. i got on the internet and did some research. Once I narrowed the problem down to the MagSafe DC-in connector I was able to order the part and the correct tools (not available at the local hardware store). I followed the instructions to replace the MagSafe connector. It took about one hour. And WELLA!!! JUST LIKE NEW!!!! I fixed it.
Three things come to mind: 1) YOU MUST HAVE THE PROPPER TOOLS. They are not expensive. 2) The specific detailed instructions with pictures were perfect. better than video to show the details. and 3) the keyboard cable reattatchment step was more tricky than it appeared. The comments left by others helped me figure it out.