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Swapping out logic board components?

Hi. I have a 1st generation MB Pro (2ghz Core Duo processor, radeon x1600 card), from the very first that came out. I've upgraded about as much as I can on this computer without swapping out the logic board- RAM (up to the 2GB max it allows) and hard drive. I even swapped out a fan since this one was one of the models with that mysterious buzzing sound.

However, my computer sometimes shuts down at random times, and I think it's either because of the temperature sensor, or the graphics card or processor go nuts at some point and just turn the whole thing off. I suspect it is because of this, because it usually acts up during graphics-heavy operations (Photoshop, watching too many videos, trying to rip a DVD, etc).

My question is, is there a way I can swap the logic board out for a better one (from a later MB Pro model), or am I better off buying a new computer if I want to upgrade?

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For the kind of upgrade you want I would recommend a new laptop. You should be able to either sell your unit or use it as a trade in on a newer model. I am going to include one link you could use to trade your computer. If you just want to sell ifixit sometimes buys computers. Ralph

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Yeah, that's what I thought. I was just feeling a bit McGyver-ish and thought maybe that move would save me a few bucks. Then I saw the instructions for changing a logic board and it's just not worth the hassle.

Thanks for your help!


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