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|MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009||
February 9, 2015
I got a new laptop and thought that I'd give fixing up the old (late 2008 MacBook Pro) a try. If I failed, I'd still have the new laptop, so why not.
I ended up replacing the battery (super easy), hard drive (up from 256G to 1TB, SSD/HD hybrid, fantastic!), and upped the RAM (4G to 8G). The key to the whole thing was iFixit's little screwdriver set. Without this I probably would have stripped the screws. With this set (and their guides), it was a piece of cake. And for a fraction of the cost (1/10!) the old laptop is almost like new :)
Get the screwdriver set, it's worth it!
November 18, 2014
Hard Drive was too full to Update or Even Backup ... 250Gb
Bought a 500GB drive and rolled up my sleeves .. .. OOPs the guide called for lots of hardware I didn't have. The Driver kit was bought to replace the internal battery on my stepson's powerbook, but i was glad I had it when I got to the itty bitty screws on the hard drive.
Back to my problem .... Trust The Creators .. Trust .. plug in a terabyte USB drive and make a time machine backup .. then check it (amazing idea-but always, always check your backups LOL)
Apple has a boot to Lion partition creator that i skipped the step on, the terabyte, i made a partition with the Lion Boot Installer that will autorun the image.
so with a lump in my throat I turned of the computer, pulled out the battery, unplugged the power cable and removed the screws from the hard drive. It unplugged easily, plugged the new one in, it was much thinner than the old one. Remembered to replace the little berry screws that hold it in place and slip it into it's spot to the left of the battery compartment.
All tucked in and tight, battery back in, power cable back on. Cover on, turned over, USB drive back on with the boot drive on it and the backup, hit the power button.
Success, Apple logo, a little slower than usual, but there, get to the screen that lets me format the hard drive. Thought I needed to do that. Found out later this was an extra step, I could have skipped this, when time machine went to reinstall, it formatted the drive over again.
After all this it asked me if i wanted to reinstall from Time Machine, I say Yes, and it goes on to a two hour reformat and reinstall into the 500GB hard drive.
After all that is done, everything is perfect.
all done and good.
by the way, the first battery I received did not charge, and they sent out a second one right away and it was fine.
all is fine and good, the other repair to the powerbook was easy and the battery was fine there also.
the 54 bit driver kit is something to have around or maybe glued under your dash, one under lock and key in your garage ... looks like you don't want to lend it.
Don't wait, fix stuff
when something doesn't work the way it should have go back right then to the last thing you did. We changed the battery, it didn't charge, we tried lots of things, but the proof of the problem was putting the old battery back in, the old battery still charged.
October 14, 2014
I usually keep my laptop Mac plugged in. Now it is six years old. I had problem with the track pad not working. Then finally the mouse I was using would not work either. I searched the net and found out a worn out battery can swell and put pressure on the bottom side of the track pad causing the problem I had. Was easy to replace. Ordered the right one. Opened the door and replaced the battery. While I was at it, I took the entire bottom cover off and made sure the computer was clean of dust. Back working 100% perfect. Not the first time I used iFixit. That is why I came back.
A dead battery stopped the Track Pad for working.
August 15, 2014
Track pad not working. I had problems with my macbook, trak pad looked pressed all the time, making the machine uncontrolable. Some sales man in Fry's Houston indicated that could be the battery because sometimes they swell. it was last Friday, I was googling replacements and I found Ifixit. I received the battery on Tuesday, problem solved.
very easy to change a battery on these macbook pro late 2008
Sales man in Frys, name Mike. great guy.
July 21, 2014
To get my wife off my @%^ about how slow her MacBook Pro had become... complain, complain, complain
The process went great when speaking of physically changing the hardware. It sucked that I could not figure out how to clone the hard drive. I would find the information on how to do it, but it was beyond my understanding as I speak PC and understand PC logic, I don't understand Apple or their logic... which is odd because it is supposed to be more logical and simple to understand.
I wish I knew that I purchased a hard drive enclosure when I ordered the repair "KIT", and would have cloned my old hard drive first. I was going to try to clone it post mortem, but I could not identify the new drive with the apple language and logic like I could a PC... none of which is IFIXIT's problem, but mine... So I will probably go back, install my old hard drive, clone it to the new one, now that I know I own the gear to do it, then reinstall everything again...
July 17, 2014
Existing battery was draining quickly and diagnostics were calling for a replacement
April 30, 2014
La batterie ne tenait plus et le ventilateur ne tournait plus.
Sans soucis, vraiment facile à ouvrir ces macbook pro.
Le temps de recevoir votre nouveau ventilateur, débranchez l'ancien si il ne tourne plus, ça vous évitera les bruits de frottement.
February 25, 2014
My hard drive crashed and I could fix it. Having it fixed would have been more expensive.
I ordered the 1 TB exchange kit and the #6 torck was missing in den tool box. With that knowledge in advance I had commented on my order: PLease don't mess up the order! ;) But I got it fixed anyway and everything was cool. So, thanks.
February 3, 2014
My current battery was charged but would automatically shut off my computer after a minute or two away from the charger
Simple replacement and so far so good on the battery.
No advice necessary. Buy the battery, take the old one out and replace with new battery.
September 11, 2012
My Late 2008 Macbook pro had developed a swollen battery after about 3 years of service. The trackpad would not click properly and the battery life was really poor (less than 1 hour on a full charge).
Easy. Just pop in the new battery and I was done.
I'm not sure why but my replacement battery has swollen as well after about a year. I guess my advice would be to not own one of these unless you are prepared to replace the batteries regularly.