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Finally fixed the silly thing!

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MacBook Unibody Model A1278

MacBook Unibody Model A1278 DC-In Board Replacement


My Problem

My laptop didn't just suddenly stop charging. No, it would charge if I had the cable in JUST the right way... you know how it goes. After I bought a new cable and found the same problem, I knew it had to be the port. Angst and despair set in.

My Fix

It was a long and scary process. I've replaced the logic board on an iBook before, but it required less work. I found and cleaned out about three cats' worth of fur inside while I was at it, and thought for sure I was going to destroy the microphone detaching it.

My Advice

Screw down the Magsafe port slightly before putting the motherboard back in. It popped up above the logic board and I had to unscrew the logic board in order to wiggle it back down into place. Get about a dozen little yogurt cups, Tupperwares, or other small containers and keep each step's screws separate.

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Phillips #00 Screwdriver Image
Phillips #00 Screwdriver


MacBook Unibody (A1278) MagSafe DC-In Board Image
MacBook Unibody (A1278) MagSafe DC-In Board


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