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Swap the original A1151 logic board by a A1261 model?

17" MBP 2006 A1151 model

Hi all,

was wondering if I can swap on my non-unibody 17" MBP the original logic board A1151 by a core 2 duo model (A1212, A1229, or A1261), preferably the A1261. They look quite similar on the replacement tutorial (step 14) : MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261 Logic Board Replacement

Thanks for your advice and help

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Thank you for your replies. Have been digging around on ifixit, great site by the way, the boards are similar, but connectors are different between A1151 and the C2D. Ben also pointed out on a different post (on which I commented) that the left I/O board and keyboard are not compatible... just wanted to make sure this is the only parts to swap or if there is any other... So far to swap to a C2D board, I will also need to change : left and right fans, left and right thermal sensors, left I/O board, and keyboard.


If there are too many parts to consider, I think it is a good idea to sell your old MBP and buy a new one :)


I did a swap like that and it is complicated. You also need to consider that the webcam is different so cabling and boards for it have to be replaced too. Perhaps you can update the processor to a 2.33 Core 2 Duo and use MacPostFactor to install Mountain Lion.


Hi guys, I have a Logic board A1212 17" so I heard that A1261 could fix without a problem , Is it true? or is there another logic board that could replace that and works better ..can you help me,please? i don't want to throw my mac away from home....i believe that there is a solution but I need your experience about it, thanks...Eddy


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The 15-Inch and 17-Inch MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" models share identical housings with the MacBook Pro "Core Duo" systems before them. You should have no problems. Here are the differences:

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The link says that logic boards on these models are compatible with each other even the parts. I wonder if the connectors are the same.

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