It appears the EduGeek MacBook Pro used for publishing our iOS has died. It had a browser window open idle when it suddenly rebooted, the normal grey apple logo was shown but instead of the login screen appearing the display just showed a yellow/orange screen.
The MacBook Pro is a summer 2010 model and came with onboard and nvidia graphics cards but it appears one/both have burned out.
I have tried resetting PRAM and SMC (thanks @GrumbleDook) but sadly nothing has worked so far.
It is a case of replacing the logic board (aka everything worth anything inside basically...) or is there anything else I can try?
Has it desoldered itself like the xbox 360 cpu and PS3 GPU BGA packages used to, you may be able to try the same tricks. You could also look at trying to jump into the EFI if the Apple logo is still showing and see if that can shed any light. Also have you tried booting from other media, it could just be that the os has cooked itself and is giving the equivalent of a BSOD blink, if so you are lucky, I wasted almost an hour trying to boot a mac off a USB key that worked once then randomly failed before I figured out the thing was simply bombing without an error because the flash drive was dodgey.
Windows bootcamp doesnt run either. Tried a 2nd display but no success so I think the logic board could be toast.
I think this can usually be fixed by a reflow. Certainly cheaper than a new board but with no promise of success!
Isn't it just?
Where is that video ?
With regards to replacement parts, ebay or one of the sellers on here like @ICTDirect_Dave, @VeryPC or one of the others ie @Millgate / @CPLTD ? etc
Last edited by mac_shinobi; 29th October 2013 at 11:11 AM.
Here is the video although its for an older macbook
I have attached a picture of the lovely orange/yellow attached below.
Last edited by ZeroHour; 29th October 2013 at 11:44 AM.
That is one cooked apple !!
@ZeroHour - you going to do that to your mac book pro ?
If so would be interesting to see a video of you recording and doing this to see if it works or not
If so great, if not then you would have had to of purchased a new or replacement ( mother / system / logic ) board
It now has a lovely edugeek hue / colour on the screen !!
Last edited by mac_shinobi; 29th October 2013 at 11:55 AM.
I'd give the baking a go ZH I've had good results with it on Laptop mainboards just don't let Mrs ZH see you using the best over tray or you maybe toast
Just out of curiousty - how does baking the motherboard help ?
Once I get the replacement I will strip out the board and try it if I can find a screwdriver to open it up although I dont know if it will work as I think this is gpu part related.
mac_shinobi (29th October 2013)
What else do you do with old tatty apples but bin them or bake them, maybe make a pie
The reflow is what I was talking about with the Xbox etc. Apple never really sorted their need for form over function with a lot of the earlier mac books and despite their attempted image of being 'cool' ran like blast furnaces as the fans did not run enough and were not grunty enough to keep everything cool enough to last and not burn your lap.
The new Intel chips are way better and so a new one is almost certainly worth it and they now fit much better into the provided thermal envelope of the chassis.
Last edited by SYNACK; 29th October 2013 at 02:44 PM.
mac_shinobi (13th November 2013)
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