MacBook Pro Repair1 minute to read
Today I decided to fix an old MacBook Pro 15" with my wife.
The Mac wasn't booting, no boot chime and had a solid sleep light always on when we tried to turn it on. There was some information that we found on the internet about a possible Nvidia issue that needed reballing.
We don't have any tools to do reballing and clearly this isn't a quick easy and cheap fix.
Anyway, like I said, it is an old Macintosh and there is nothing to loose.
The methods are similar, but we prefer to use the oven to make cookies :)
An important thing we had in mind was the temperature that solder melts. Using a laser thermometer that we got cheap, we kept checking the temperature to see if it was a bit higher than the melting point (around 190º to 200ºC). We did it like the video shows - about 10 min across the several chips (including the graphic card). After it was done, we waited for the board to cool (which wasn't hard since it is a bit chilly outside).
If the MacBook works for a few months or 1 year, it will be worth it for sure, since the only cost was the the thermal compound and time.
Good luck if you want to try to do the same.