Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Can I upgrade from a 2.16Ghz to a 2.4Ghz Logic board?

I have a 13" Macbook white 2.16Ghz Energy Star (mid '07) A1181 logic board core 2 duo (I know this cuz it uses the JST 3 wall heat sink). The GMA950 video card became corrupted and now I have to replace the entire logic board (those bastards!!!). I see on Ebay some A1181 logic boards that are selling between $250-$350, and I'd much rather repair the problem than have to buy a new computer for double or triple that. I can definitely replace the logic board myself, but if I can increase the processor speed while I'm at it, I don't see why not--especially when the price difference between the two logic boards is only $50. I see that the connectors are pretty similar. Do you think this is possible? If so, would it be a clean swap or would I need to replace other parts as well? Thanks in advance!!!

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The 2.16 is the highest you can go in your series. Here's a list of the boards that will work in your machine: http://www.ifixit.com/Mac-Parts/MacBook-...

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You can also get the logic board repaired for $250 here: http://www.dttservice.com/macbook.html

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Why don't you attempt to fix the broken logic board first before buying another one. Google how to reflow a gpu. I have done this before and if you already have the logic board out then you might as well try it. All you need is a hot air gun and aluminum wrap foil. I had an imac with the a faulty gpu and some guy on here gave me detailed instructions on how to reflow the graphics chip check out this post:

video graphics and boot issues

I hope this helps, good luck!!

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Thanks a lot guys!!! I tried reflowing the gpu and it did not work....sigh! If the computer display works perfectly in safe mode but not in regular mode, can I disable the video card somehow?

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Then again, I heated up the big chip in the middle (945GM). I did not heat up the other Intel chip above it cuz I believe that's the 2.16Ghz processor, right? Perhaps the gpu just didn't get hot enough?

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Put a blob of (lead-free) solder on top of the chip while attempting the reflow. When that melts and you keep the heat up for another 30-60 seconds you can be assured the "spider-legs have also resoldert. The reason for the lead free solder is that it melts at a higher themperature than ordinary solder.

If that doesn't work - well, get yourself a logicboard.

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Hey guys,

I appreciate all of your input. I ended up buying an infrared thermometer and I reflowed the GPU at 450 degrees F and followed the directions from forums. I'm sure the video card works now, but now my computer won't start. I must have fried it. Bummer....I guess now I'll look into buying another computer or replacing the logic board. Unless u have troubleshooting tips on how to start the computer up. Lol

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Does it make any noise when you press the power button? like do you hear the chime or the HDD spinning? It could be just a loose cable or something like that. But there is a good chance you fried other components while doing the reflow if you didn't use enough aluminum foil.

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