New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

MacBook Logic Board - Now What?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
ive.got.soul

 
Member Since: Jan 24, 2008
Location: Western United States
Posts: 13
ive.got.soul is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: MacBook

ive.got.soul is offline
Current Status:
I have a 3 1/2 year old MacBook that will not start or shuts down before making it to the login screen. After trying all the usual tricks I broke down and took into a shop. The diagnosis was LOGIC BOARD and a replacement would cost me $506.
*Note: I have upgraded to OS, hard drive to 120GB, and doubled the RAM since original purchase.

History:
It was having similar problems 6 months ago, but just randomly starting working again, but this time it looks likes it's really not going to.

When this same MacBook was under a year old it's logic board died and needed to be replaced. Luckily that was under warranty so it was free for me.

Now that I don't have a warranty I'm debating what to do and have some questions.

Questions:
1) How common is this for a machine to go through two logic boards in under 4 years? I love, love Apple, but with my student budget I can't afford that kind of problem . . .

2) Should I try anything else try anything else to fix this or is it really now just a decision between replacing it and getting a new computer?

3) Is it worth it to fix or should I get a new laptop? (Or if I should just get a new machine - refurbished?)

4) Is there anything a user can do to keep their logic board "healthy"?

I would really appreciate an answer to one or all of these questions. I've been trying to do a lot of research and thought I'd post all my questions in one spot here to help supplement it and get opinions.

Thanks in advance!

ive.got.soul
QUOTE Thanks
osxx

 
osxx's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 19, 2008
Location: houston texas
Posts: 4,638
osxx is a name known to allosxx is a name known to allosxx is a name known to allosxx is a name known to allosxx is a name known to allosxx is a name known to allosxx is a name known to all
Mac Specs: 09 MBP 8GB ram 500GB HD OS 10.9 32B iPad 4 32GB iPhone 5 iOs7 2TB TC Apple TV3

osxx is offline
At that age IMO a new one would make more sense or at least a new refurb you would gain speed and hard drive capacity not to mention the best track pad to date and a lot
of other hardware upgrades that have been made in that time frame.
QUOTE Thanks
DarkestRitual

 
Member Since: Apr 09, 2009
Location: Ithaca NY
Posts: 2,073
DarkestRitual is just really niceDarkestRitual is just really niceDarkestRitual is just really niceDarkestRitual is just really nice
Mac Specs: 13 inch alMacBook 2GHz C2D 4G DDR3, 1.25GHz G4 eMac

DarkestRitual is offline
i'll second that
QUOTE Thanks
cwa107

 
cwa107's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 20, 2006
Location: Middletown, Pennsylvania
Posts: 26,481
cwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond reputecwa107 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD

cwa107 is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by ive.got.soul View Post

Questions:
1) How common is this for a machine to go through two logic boards in under 4 years? I love, love Apple, but with my student budget I can't afford that kind of problem . . .
Incredibly uncommon. So much so that I have to wonder what external influences were exerted upon it. Was it used in areas of high humidity or exposed to extremes in temperature or to liquid?

Quote:
2) Should I try anything else try anything else to fix this or is it really now just a decision between replacing it and getting a new computer?
I would suggest the latter. You should be able to recoup a fair bit just selling it for parts.

Quote:
3) Is it worth it to fix or should I get a new laptop? (Or if I should just get a new machine - refurbished?)
There's been some significant improvements in the last 3.5 years. I think the money would be better spent on a new machine. Don't throw good money after bad.

Quote:
4) Is there anything a user can do to keep their logic board "healthy"?
Solid state electronics are typically very robust. I'm always surprised to hear of a failing logic board unless it was exposed to the extremes I mentioned previously.

Quote:
I would really appreciate an answer to one or all of these questions. I've been trying to do a lot of research and thought I'd post all my questions in one spot here to help supplement it and get opinions.

Thanks in advance!
Good luck and let us know what you decide.

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
QUOTE Thanks
ive.got.soul

 
Member Since: Jan 24, 2008
Location: Western United States
Posts: 13
ive.got.soul is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: MacBook

ive.got.soul is offline
Thanks, everyone so far. I'm really appreciating the input.

cwa 107 -
"Incredibly uncommon. So much so that I have to wonder what external influences were exerted upon it. Was it used in areas of high humidity or exposed to extremes in temperature or to liquid?"


I find this interesting. . . I can't remember any definite extremes in temperature that it may have been exposed to, but perhaps I need to be more careful about that because I'm positive it hasn't had any contact with liquid.

I'm also with you about the not putting more money towards the bad. After 2 logic boards and no more Apple Care I'm leaning towards selling it for parts and putting it towards a new machine with Apple Care.

Still debating though.

ive.got.soul
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Internal Harddrive for Mac Pro | Trouble Setting up a Desktop arrangement »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Broken Macbook Story nutritionalfact Apple Notebooks 5 02-19-2009 06:40 AM
Macbook 2.2 core 2 duo - dead logic board KnightSaber Apple Notebooks 0 01-28-2009 02:01 AM
upgrade logic board? splat Apple Notebooks 7 10-08-2008 09:22 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:01 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?