Model A1297 Unibody: Early 2009, Mid 2009, Mid 2010, Early 2011 & Late 2011

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Upgrade logic board with more recent 15'' ones?


My Macbook Pro 17'' from 2010 is getting old, very old. The dual core is really showing the age and I already upgraded what's upgradable (RAM, SSD).

I'm planning on waiting for the new 2016 skylake announce, but in between I have an idea : sometimes, people throw away their macbook thinking it's dead but in fact with some tinkering it's working again. I wanted to find a working 15 board with a more up-to-date quad core i7 and graphic card and put it in my 17 chassis. The goal is not to spend more than like 50 bucks for a "pseudo-broken" Macbook Pro.

Do you think it could work ? I'm not afraid to mod my chassis, because I won't be keeping this laptop forever anyway.

Would some connectors be incompatible (the screen most likely) ? What about Mac OS X going crazy with the new board ?

P.S. : Of course this applies only if I get a board and not the 15'' chassis that goes with it.

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Wishful thinking. I just replaced a 2009 logic board in 17". Had to pay $375 for a machine that I bought for parts just to get a working logic board.

What may be slowing you down are things that get stuck in Preferences > Users > log in items. Clean it out. Back up your drive and do a clean clean install after using Disk Utilities to zero the drive out. Install a clean system the use Migration Assistant to move your data back in. Get a good anti-virus like Symantec and run it an never insta;; anything that "cleans your Mac or Keeps your Mac". You might be very surprised at how it starts to run like new.

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