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halimr Calculating status...
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May 13, 2012 6:04 PM

Hi. Recently my logic board is dead. I brought my mac to the authorized service center and they told me the price of logic board.  They have two prices. They give me lower prices in exchange for my old logic board. I wondered if my logic board is dead why they want it and if they replace my logic board how do I know if they replace my logic board with new one. Anybody can help me as I really need to make decision whether to replace my logic board or buy new mac. Thank you

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  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    May 13, 2012 6:34 PM (in response to halimr)

    Anybody can help me as I really need to make decision whether to replace my logic board or buy new mac. Thank you

     

    No one will be able to offer anything useful unless you provide some details about your equipment.

     

    If your Mac adequately serves your needs, fix it the most inexpensive way possible. If you plan to upgrade its OS to Lion or anything subsequent then determine if your present hardware will meet its requirements:

     

    To use Lion, make sure your computer has the following:

    • An Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor
    • Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later to install via the Mac App Store (v10.6.8 recommended); you can install without Mac OS X v10.6 by using an OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive, available on the Apple Online Store
    • 7 GB of available disk space
    • 2 GB of RAM

     

    These requirements are the bare minimum. We do not yet know what subsequent OS releases will require.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,905 points)
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    May 13, 2012 7:13 PM (in response to halimr)

    Even the smallest short could wreck a logic board. Even if it doesn't work as a whole, the parts may still have value. I can pretty much guarantee that the replacement logic board will not be new. It will be refurbished.

  • incagraphy Calculating status...
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    Jan 2, 2013 10:55 AM (in response to etresoft)

    etresoft wrote:

     

    I can pretty much guarantee that the replacement logic board will not be new. It will be refurbished.

     

    in that case, can they not just 'fix' or refurbish our own broken logic boards?

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,905 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 11:09 AM (in response to incagraphy)

    incagraphy wrote:

     

    in that case, can they not just 'fix' or refurbish our own broken logic boards?

    No. A logic board really isn't fixable. Your refurb logic board will come from a machine that has a dead power supply, hard drive, or some other component. It may very likely come from some machine that was returned because it was misconfigured or some other non-hardware issue. The only real downside to a refurb logic board is that even these non-moving parts can wear out over time due to heat and other issues. If you did have such a major replacement, getting the 3-year Apple Care would be a good idea.

     

    Of course, all of this applies to an Apple-supplied repair. Always go directly to Apple if you can. If you can't, go to an authorized service center. Anything else is likely to be a scam.

  • Poikkeus Level 4 Level 4 (2,775 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 11:57 AM (in response to etresoft)

    entresoft makes some good points. Going through your Apple Store ensures you that the repair is guaranteed (or a year), and contains only new components. Anything less than is a risk, and possibly a scam.

     

    If you want further information on Logic Board failures, look here:

    http://logicboardmac.blogspot.com

  • incagraphy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 12:04 PM (in response to etresoft)

    thanks etresoft.

    If you did have such a major replacement, getting the 3-year Apple Care would be a good idea.

     

    Do you mean I can buy the AC now, after the repair, even if the computer is no longer new? Or you meant, as a general approach, I should get the AC on new purchases?

     

    Of course, all of this applies to an Apple-supplied repair. Always go directly to Apple if you can. If you can't, go to an authorized service center. Anything else is likely to be a scam.

     

    I think I agree, but don't you think it's a rip off with a relatively new machine to have a logic board die?

    i posted my case just a few minutes ago with details. it's a 2011 model.

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/20772940#20772940

  • incagraphy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 2, 2013 12:05 PM (in response to Poikkeus)

    thanks Poikkeus. I will check your link.

  • incagraphy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 10, 2013 2:12 AM (in response to etresoft)

    just to give an update:

     

    I handed in my MBP to the authorized service center.

     

    Not exactly sure what tests they ran, but they could not tell me the problem or what caused it. They said they took apart the whole board connections and re-installed it all.

     

    They added that, this was not a repair but rather a full re-installation which apparently is different (no new warranty was mentioned).

    Etresoft, I don't know if this is contradicting the idea of logic board being "not fixable"... it sounds like they just thought some connections were not fit and re-did the whole thing.

     

    eventually, after a few hours' use, I had already two screen freeze/forced shut down issues.

    If it persists, they said they will quote me logic board prices for my serial number.

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