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Title:

How can I get into component-level repair?

Text:

Hi all,

I've been fixing MacBook Pros off and on as a kind of side hobby for about 2 years now, and I've pretty much ran the gamut as far as replacing things goes. I've taught myself pretty much everything along the way. My question now is, how can I take it further? I want to be able to do component-level repair to logic boards, from diagnosing issues to replacing SMDs. I'm a senior electrical engineering student, and I have a decent understanding of basic circuitry at least. I've been soldering for a pretty long time, and I just bought myself a really nice hot air rework station.

This might seem far-fetched, but bear with me--would it be possible to put a damaged MacBook side by side with a working one, and start measuring voltages across components in specific problem areas to try and determine bad components? Compare voltages between the good and bad boards?

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you.

Device:

MacBook Pro

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Original post by: Evan ,

Title:

How can I get into component-level repair?

Text:

Hi all,

I've been fixing MacBook Pros off and on as a kind of side hobby for about 2 years now, and I've pretty much ran the gamut as far as replacing things goes. I've taught myself pretty much everything along the way. My question now is, how can I take it further? I want to be able to do component-level repair to logic boards, from diagnosing issues to replacing SMDs. I'm a senior electrical engineering student, and I have a decent understanding of basic circuitry at least. I've been soldering for a pretty long time, and I just bought myself a really nice hot air rework station.

This might seem far-fetched, but bear with me--would it be possible to put a damaged MacBook side by side with a working one, and start measuring voltages across components in specific problem areas to try and determine bad components? Compare voltages between the good and bad boards?

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you.

Device:

MacBook Pro

Status:

open