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Any hope for logic board repair on the MBA A1465?

Hello, all. This is my first time posting here, though I've frequented the site for random repairs to various apple products. I've got a bit of a sticky situation (pun totally intended)...

My co-worker/friend purchased a MBA for his daughter a couple years back. It is the A1465 (not sure of further specs at this point). Long story short: she spilled some sort of liquid on it and it therefore no longer functioned. He took the computer to a local mac repair store and they quoted him $750 for a new logic board/replacement. Obviously he balked, and he wound up just purchasing a newer model.

I mentioned to him it may be worthwhile to list the old MBA on eBay and try to get a little something out of it or see if we can repair it. He handed it over to me to do with as I please (either eBay or repair).

I decided to do a bit of research, though, to see if there was any way I can salvage the computer first, because I hate to not at least try to fix it.

I cracked open the case and found a lot of sticky stuff and debris on the inside... that explains why the thing doesn't work. I used the teardown guide here and started to walk through the logic board replacement instructions and feel comfortable replacing the logic board myself. I then went to see what a replacement logic board would cost and the cheapest I've found thus far is in the $250 range, used but "tested" as good through an eBay seller. Still, that's a chunk of change for me to spend in the event the logic board isn't the only thing that's damaged (ie; if the SSD is damaged too).

I have a feeling the answer to the following is "no" but:

Is there any way I can make sure a logic board replacement will work; or is there some way I can do some troubleshooting on my own to determine this? OR do I just write it off and list the thing up on eBay and take what we can get for it.

Thanks in advance for any input,


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I agree and would start by cleaning it up. Take a look around on the board for any obvious damage. I always check the area with most of the liquid damage very closely. Let us know what you find, post some images with your question and let us know what the 820-XXXX number of the board is. This may get you some more help


Hi, just wanted to know what you have done at the end as I am facing the same situation at the moment


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You need to look at some of the cleanup guides on this site been awhile I don't remember where they are at.

I would start with some 99% Alcohol soak it scrub let it dry but I think your keyboard is shot to no way to fix you have to replace that with about 60 pepper fleck sized screws or whole other palmrest ,put the board back in connect charger ,the Airs just fire right up if there is no shorted component or if there is LOL but then you'll be able to know where you stand for your next step . If nothing I think the repair services on the bay have gone down in price.

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