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MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Late 2013 Logic Board Assembly Replacement

Prerequisite Only

Prerequisite Only

Please note that this guide is only a prerequisite for other guides.

Logic board assembly prereq for late 2013. Same as early 2013 except for headphone jack.

Step 1 Logic Board Assembly  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left speaker connector up and out of its socket on the logic board. Use the tip of a spudger to pry the right speaker connector up and out of its socket on the logic board

Step 1 Logic Board Assembly  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left speaker connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the right speaker connector up and out of its socket on the logic board

  • Be sure to pry on the cable head, and not on the socket itself. Prying on the socket may cause it to separate from the logic board.

Step 2  ¶ 

Peel back the tape covering the top of the keyboard ribbon cable connector. Use the flat end of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF socket. Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Peel back the tape covering the top of the keyboard ribbon cable connector.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to push the keyboard ribbon cable out of its socket.

Step 3  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the trackpad ribbon cable connector up out of its socket.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the trackpad ribbon cable connector up out of its socket.

Step 4  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the keyboard backlight connector up from its socket on the logic board.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the keyboard backlight connector up from its socket on the logic board.

Step 5  ¶ 

Use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the microphone ribbon cable ZIF socket.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the microphone ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the microphone ribbon cable out of its socket.

Step 6  ¶ 

Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer. Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket on the logic board.

Step 6  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer.

  • Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Do not lift up on the display data cable, as its socket is very fragile. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.

Step 7  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to carefully pry off the rubber screw cap on the raised screw head near the MagSafe 2 connector.

Step 7  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to carefully pry off the rubber screw cap on the raised screw head near the MagSafe 2 connector.

Step 8  ¶ 

Remove the following six screws securing the logic board to to the upper case:

Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the following six screws securing the logic board to to the upper case:

  • One 3.1 mm T5 Torx screw

  • One 2.5 mm T5 Torx screw

  • One 5.5 mm silver, raised-head T5 Torx screw

  • Two 5.7 mm T5 Torx screws

  • One 3.8 mm silver T5 Torx screw

Step 9  ¶ 

Lifting from the side nearest the battery, rotate the logic board toward the top of the MacBook Pro. You may need to slide the logic board a few millimeters to the left in order to get clearance for the ports along the right edge of the board.

Step 9  ¶ 

  • Lifting from the side nearest the battery, rotate the logic board toward the top of the MacBook Pro.

  • You may need to slide the logic board a few millimeters to the left in order to get clearance for the ports along the right edge of the board.

  • Using the flat end of a spudger, carefully push the MagSafe 2 connector out of its socket on the bottom of the logic board.

  • Disconnecting the MagSafe 2 connector can be difficult. If you are only removing the logic board to temporarily get it out of the way, such as for a battery replacement, you may find it easier to simply remove the two 2.5 mm T5 Torx screws securing the MagSafe DC-In board, and then remove the logic board and MagSafe board together.

Step 10  ¶ 

Remove the logic board assembly from the MacBook Pro. When reinstalling the motherboard, make sure all cables are visible and not trapped under the motherboard. Clockwise from top: battery, right speaker, keyboard backlight, AirPort/camera, display, microphone, left speaker, keyboard, and trackpad.

Step 10  ¶ 

  • Remove the logic board assembly from the MacBook Pro.

  • When reinstalling the motherboard, make sure all cables are visible and not trapped under the motherboard.

  • Clockwise from top: battery, right speaker, keyboard backlight, AirPort/camera, display, microphone, left speaker, keyboard, and trackpad.