Model A1286. Released February 2011 / 2.0, 2.2, or 2.3 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 Processor

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ATI video card problems. Reballed 2 times.

My ATI videocard has been overheated. I reballed it 2 times. it's life was extended by year and a half. Now it's mulfunctioned again. I think the 3rd reball would not solve a problem. May be I need logic board replacement. What options do I have. Is it possible to upgrade with a newer one?

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Here's the IFIXIT guide you'll need to follow: MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 Logic Board Replacement.

You basically have three choices:

The 2012 modes can also be used but the video cable need to be replaced as the connector is slightly different.

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Early 2011) 2.2 GHz Logic Board Image
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Early 2011) 2.3 GHz Logic Board Image
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Late 2011) 2.4 GHz Logic Board Image
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2012) 2.3 GHz Logic Board Image
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2012) 2.7 GHz Logic Board Image
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2012) 2.6 GHz Logic Board Image

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Thanks a lot Dan! If i go for 2012, is it possible the video cable to be ordered separately?

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Warning its a bear to swapout! You'll need to take the display off to gain access to the bottom edge where the connector is on the display. You'll need to do some searching as they are hard to find. The other option which is what I do is use a fine emery board and file down the edge of the cable connector. This is also not easy! but a lot easier. It only takes a 1/10 of a MM on each side to fix.

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Thanks a lot Dan! I'll have all you comments in mind. I'll try third reball at higher temperature and after that I'll go for replaciment.

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