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Revision to MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Model A1211

Luke Soules

+[title|MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Model A1211]
+[toc]
+
+== Background ==
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+[image|4813]
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+[summary]The MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo was the first of several MacBook Pro laptops to use Intel's Core 2 Duo processor.[/summary]
+
+This laptop is an update of the [[Device:MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo|Core Duo laptop]] of the same name that was introduced nine months earlier. The Core 2 Duo improved on its predecessor by adding a faster processor, bigger stock hard drives, larger RAM maximum capacity, and an improved 802.11n Airport card.
+
+== Identification ==
+
+If your MacBook Pro turns on, you can verify that you have a Core 2 Duo version by checking the processor information through "About This Mac" in the Apple menu. If your MacBook Pro no longer boots, the [link|/info/ID-your-Mac|laptop identification system] will help you identify your machine.
+
+== Featured Guides ==
+
+These commonly performed installations are all relatively easy:
+
+* [guide|452|RAM upgrade]
+* [guide|459|Hard drive replacement]
+* [guide|461|Optical drive replacement]
+
+== Guides ==
+
+The guides below were developed for the initial revision of the MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo, model A1211. These machines had processor speeds of either 2.16 GHz or 2.33 GHz. If you are working on a Santa Rosa (model A1226) or Penryn (model A1260) MacBook Pro 15" computer (processor speeds of 2.2, 2.4, 2.5 or 2.6 GHz), your machine will have some differences. iFixit is currently developing a guide specifically for the Santa Rosa and Penryn revisions of this model.
+
+[guidelist|MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Model A1211]
+== Troubleshooting ==
+
+You can troubleshoot many common hardware problems using the [[MacBook Pro 15" Troubleshooting|MacBook Pro 15" Troubleshooting Guide]].
+
+== Upgrades ==
+
+There are a number of components in the MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo that can be cost effectively upgraded.
+
+* '''Memory:''' MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duos came with 1 or 2 GB standard. If your MacBook Pro is still running with only the stock RAM, upgrading will provide a dramatic performance boost. [guide|452|Upgrading] to the maximum of [link|/Products/MacBook-Pro-15-Inch-2-16-GHz-Core-2-Duo-RAM/11/98|3 or 4 GB] can be done very easily.
+* '''Hard Drive:''' 120, 160, 200, 250 or 320 GB hard drives came standard with the MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo. You can [guide|459|upgrade] the drive up to [product|IF107-060|500 GB].
+* '''Battery:''' Replacing the battery requires no special tools to release the battery latch. The [link|/MacBook-Parts/MacBook-Pro-15-Inch-Battery/IF185-035|battery] can be [guide|450|replaced] in less than 30 seconds.
+* '''Optical Drive:''' The standard optical drive shipped with MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duos is either a 6x or 8x SuperDrive. The drive can easily be [guide|461|upgraded] to an [product|IF185-040|8x SuperDrive].
+
+== First Look ==
+
+iFixit created a [guide|593|first look] for this MacBook Pro on October 30, 2006.
+
+== Additional Information ==
+* [[Troubleshoot|iFixit: List of Troubleshooting Guides]]
+* [link|/Upgrade/Laptop|iFixit: DIY Laptop Upgrades]
+* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacBook_Pro|Wikipedia: MacBook Pro Page]
+* [http://mactracker.dreamhosters.com/|Mactracker: Application with Apple Product Specs]
+* [http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/index-macbookpro.html|EveryMac: MacBook Pro Product Specs]
+* [http://www.apple.com/mac/|Apple: MacBook Pro]