49 yo non-techy lady saves her MacBook Pro and her own sanity
5 - 30 minuten
My 3 years old MacBook Pro 15'' Late 2008 airport burned out. Airport was burned out, hard drive needed to be upgraded (no more space), battery cycles done! So got a excellent idea. No internet, no computer space and my patience was gone with that difficult! Decide it to do it myself when I found i-fixit.
So easy with all i-fixit tutorials. You must identify your computer model thou. Their self guided buying site is awesome. Bought all the parts for the right laptop as they guided me. Delivery was super fast. Loved the tool kit that came with the hard drive. Even a HD rubber incasing with a usb hardware in it is included in this kit - amazing. I inserted my old hard drive in it and use it as a external hard drive - how convenient ...so cool. It is so practical and handy. No need to image copying, etc. Just plug and play it. Unfortunately they did not have my airport type so I bought somewhere else. Bought here the fantastic hard drive and battery. It took me 3 hours to upgrade everything. The hardest part was the airport because it is a small part and the cable runs inside of the bottom of laptop display. But I did it and it was ok. As soon as I closed the back of the computer and turned it back on as per ifixit instructions, formatted the hard drive, installed the Snow Leopard, I was so happy with my brand new computer! I had never done this and I am glad I did it. Thanks ifixit.
-Identify your laptop model well...Follow i-fixit guide. I did and everything went smoothy.
- Pay close attention to every single ifixit guide instructions. Do not skip. Times I did it I had to go back and redo it.
- Be careful with the tools you can burn your logic board. Thank God I did not. Almost did.
- When changing your airport card (at least with this model) be careful not to bend the cable pins...I did it and I messed up my isight camera...same cable! I will buy another cable and change it but I could avoid this if I had been more careful.
-Do it yourself, you will save money and learn something new.