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    My Covid MacBook Retina Project
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    So this little in-between project monster that came to me needing help. I couldn't turn it away.
    This is my best friends 13 MBP Core i5 2.4GHz. It was no longer functioning after a small spill near the trackpad area. Plugging it in caused the magsafe led to always turn green. Pressing the battery stat button made it blink 5 times. Turning it on did absolutely jack squat. He hasn't been using it, but he thought it was taking up space for nothing and wants to sell it.

    So I ripped it apart!

    As I usually do, I took a peak underneath. Right off the bat, I found some little corrosion, and a capacitor that didn't look right.
    I took the logicboard out so I could have a look on the topside. Top side looked good.
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    Area marked in blue is what I believed to be the heaviest area of water damage, but the water marked area was much larger.
    Area marked in red are the two capacitors that don't look right.
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    I downloaded a boardview schematic of the logicboard to see the pathway for these two caps. Turns out it's connected to 43 components, with most of them being related to controlling CPU and power. I plugged the magsafe and checked voltage. Volts didn't match.
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    Replacing the cap was the first step to take. The right side cap showed no power flow, so it's the one I replaced.
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  2. #32
    My Covid MacBook Retina Project
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    And then I plugged the power back in. Being that it didn't have any ram or an HDD installed, hearing the fan spin and missing ram chime got me all excited

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    I temporarily connected the screen to test, and it worked. I double checked all the necessary voltage readings, and everything was perfect. I also tested with an old MBP HDD I had, and it booted up and ran fine.

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    After all that, I installed the logicboard back in and closed it up.
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    My Covid MacBook Retina Project
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    The topcase for the 2nd retina MBP came in today. The condition is as expected. Some scratches as expected from the photos.
    Going to start taking apart the original MBP topcase and transplanting parts soon.
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    I also got in touch with the seller for one of the screens about its condition. I was able to get a $50 refund, which goes towards the 2nd MBP build.

    Pretty happy so far the way things have been working out. More to follow.
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    Just want to wish you well on your recovery. Pray you will get over this without developing more symptoms. You are so wise to invest your time in a project you love.

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    My Covid MacBook Retina Project
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    Quote Originally Posted by wenfeen View Post
    Just want to wish you well on your recovery. Pray you will get over this without developing more symptoms. You are so wise to invest your time in a project you love.
    Thank you! I havenít really been feeling that great to work on anything these last 2 days. My sleep schedule is all messed up. I donít think Iíve gotten more than 1.5 hours of solid sleep in the past 2 days. Iím hoping maybe later today Iíll get a chance to post an update.


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    This was the recent communication from the eBay seller of my 2.2 MBP. I offered to cover half the cost this time, but he refused again. lol

    In regards to the screen refund, I had not noticed a small peck on the lower left side of the screen that looks like a tiny needle poked it. This can be seen in the previous photo I posted where I tested the screens. The speck is just a pressure point issue where the glass pushes on the LCD and distorts the pixels in the area. Not really a concern, and don't care that much about it, but I still let the seller know about it because it was also on his photo after matching it up. He offered a partial refund, or swap. I took the refund.

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    I cleaned the replacement topcase, but I noticed it was actually in pretty good condition inside. That's the complete OPPOSITE of my chewed-up topcase!

    Side rant- I need to proclaim my appreciation for IFIXIT's Apple repair tool kit. I've bought many similar kits, and they've all stripped or worn out. Not with this kit! You will NOT regret it! Probably the best tool kit I've ever purchased! I love it!

    Back to reality- Having removed all components from the chewed topcase, I started cleaning them. Used only alcohol on everything.
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    When I removed the heat sink and cleaned the old and dried out paste.
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    I noticed the right side arm that secures the coper tube to the chassis was no longer attached to the fins. This means the right side heatsink fins are not secured, and could possibly damage the CPU if there's movement. To fix this issue, I bent the two fin arms of the damaged end, and turned them around so that they clamp around the copper tube, and still allowed me to use the original screw mount location.

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    While I was moving the replacement topcase, I noticed the R key had popped out. Not sure if this is how it came, but the top tabs of the key that snap into the scissor key assembly were both snapped. I had to replace it with a key from the old keyboard. Prepare yourself for the HORROR!!

    Look at how FILTHY this keyboard was from the "old" topcase!
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    So glad it's being replaced!
    The "new" topcase is comparably in muchhh better condition!
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    This was my first time repairing keys on the newer MBP. While I was doing this, I wanted to do something I always wanted...make the keys glow blue when the backlight is on. It was a pretty simple task, just needed repeating 26 times. I took each key out, and colored the back with blue permanent marker. Pics of this will be posted later.

    Now, I focused my attention back onto the guts of the system.
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    I have to say, working on something yourself gives you a sense of comfort knowing exactly what went into fixing or cleaning your system. Knowing how clean this is really makes me happy.

    I finished with installing the fixed heatsink, and closed everything up.
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    My Covid MacBook Retina Project
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    This is my 2.0GHz retina after rebuilding it:
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    And I found a little hidden window when opening the command screen to boot from the USB installed
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    It's on Catalina and running buttery smooth! Super happy with it
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    Quote Originally Posted by iggibar View Post
    And then I plugged the power back in. Being that it didn't have any ram or an HDD installed, hearing the fan spin and missing ram chime got me all excited

    I temporarily connected the screen to test, and it worked. I double checked all the necessary voltage readings, and everything was perfect. I also tested with an old MBP HDD I had, and it booted up and ran fine.

    After all that, I installed the logicboard back in and closed it up.
    Another Macbook saved
    Congrats Iggibar...you da man! Very impressive repair work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iggibar View Post
    I need to proclaim my appreciation for IFIXIT's Apple repair tool kit. I've bought many similar kits, and they've all stripped or worn out. Not with this kit! You will NOT regret it! Probably the best tool kit I've ever purchased! I love it!
    Can you post a link to the specific Apple Repair Toolkit you're happy with please? In case other folks would like to check it out & maybe purchase.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by iggibar View Post
    This was my first time repairing keys on the newer MBP.
    I've done this before...pretty nasty the stuff that can accumulate under the keys!

    I'm always a little fearful when popping off the key caps...that either the key cap itself will break/crack...or the key mechanism itselfwill get damaged (takes a fair amount of upward force to pop the key caps off).

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    My Covid MacBook Retina Project
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    Quote Originally Posted by iggibar View Post
    This is my 2.0GHz retina after rebuilding it:
    Is this MacBook Pro #1 completed...of the two MacBook Pro rebuild project?

    If so...it looks really great. Nice job!

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    Sure!

    This is the kit that I have:
    iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit

    I just like having a uniform set, but you don't really need all the extra parts.
    This bare kit will do just fine as well:
    iFixit Mako 64 bit kit
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    The 2.2GHz is the first one I started building, and the 2.0GHz is the second one(the one that got chewed up by the St Bernard LOL).

    I completed the the 1st one,, swapped in the SSD that already had OSX installed so I can boot and test it. Everything was fine, so I set it aside to finish #2. However, after finishing #2, I went back to #1 and tried to install a new OS. Unfortunately, I am getting stuck in the OS install loop. Have never had this issue before. I've tried ALL my OSX USB flash drives, and they all lead to the same problem. I also swapped the 970 with the stock SSD and still the same problem. Right now, I have the stock SSD just to rule out any extra issues going forward, and have it attempting to install Catalina but is in a boot loop. I'm just going to let it sit until some magic happens.

    The 2.0GHz is completed, and is running on Catalina. I swapped the 970 EVO into it and is running...FAST...SUPER SUPER FAST!!


    I got something new in though:

    13" Early 2014 Macbook Air that my bud's girlfriend smashed on the table lol

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    The screen somehow still works perfectly fine somehow!
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    My Covid MacBook Retina Project
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    I hope you beat this virus with minimal problems. (Or, preferably, no problems at all!)
    Your FrankenMac project is very interesting and your documentation is quite informative.

    If you get stuck for parts, I've always had very good luck buying from PowerBookMedic. The prices are good, the service great and they have repair manuals free.

    Paul

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