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Fan went out on the old Macbook Pro

Mike -

MacBook Unibody Model A1278

MacBook Unibody Model A1278 Fan Replacement

MacBook Unibody Model A1278 Fan Replacement

5 - 10 minuten


Mijn probleem

It was running ridiculously hot and I realized that the fan wasn't working. So after an hour of looking for a means to test it, read through enough blogs to realize it needed to be replaced.

Found this I-fix-it site and after viewing the video, ordered a new fan and the battery as well. Quick and easy.

Mijn oplossing

Repair went as expected.

The only hitch was in the screws. They're smaller than the drivers I had on hand. I used the smallest one, but one screw (as nature requires) was very tight and kept spinning out. After a couple of attempts, it was clear that I was about to strip the head, so I stopped, got in the car and shot over to the local Radio Shack to pick up a new jewelers kit and found the larger "I-fix-it" brand sitting on the shelf ($70).

From that moment forward, it could not have been much easier, if someone else had done it for me. Once the case was screwed down, I applied power and fired it up. Fan stays on high for some reason, but ... its nice and cool and it is SO nice to have a couple of hours of battery again. Whole thing including the fairly nice tool kit cost around $200. Time to fix it including the trip to the Radio Shack was under an hour. Actual time on the chassis was 10 minutes.

Mijn advies

Watch the video and GET NEW tools they cite for your job.

The screws are so tiny. Unless you do chassis work regularly (I'm an electronics technician and have substantial resources in the tool dept. But not down to this level.) it's unlikely that you'll appreciate how small these screws really are, until you actually get at it.

They strip very easily using the wrong size and, once that happens, an incredibly easy job turns into a nightmare... so it's easily worth the few extra bucks.

The videos tell you what tools and sizes you need, so you can buy the specific items and don't need to buy the entire kit, but it's nice to have.

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody and MacBook 13" Unibody Fan afbeelding
MacBook Pro 13" Unibody and MacBook 13" Unibody Fan


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