Baking a MacBook Pro Logic Board Video

May 9, 2011 by · 89 Comments
Filed under: Apple, Tech 

This was too awesome to pass up. A link to this video was posted in the comments section of my blog post Cooking The Books (or Baking my MacBook Pro Logic Board) by Roland who’s IP showed him from Montreal. He did an awesome job putting together this accelerated video (on his revived MBP) that compresses the whole experience into a little over four minutes that’s made even more entertaining by a nice soundtrack: Right Here, Right Now by Fatboy Slim.

Roland is now one of at least 15 people that have commented on my blog posts alone (up to at least the writing of this post) that have successfully baked their logic boards. Only one person has experienced anything like a fail, but there were other indications that it wasn’t the same exact issue that I had originally posted about.

I hope to post again excerpts of some of the success stories for more encouragement and also possibly something to show Apple that they need to rethink their policy in expanding these symptoms to the Nvidia 8600M issue or creating a whole new category. Normal users shouldn’t be expected to have to go through this trouble to repair something that wasn’t their fault to begin with.

 

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89 Responses to “Baking a MacBook Pro Logic Board Video”
  1. c says:

    I had the same problem, Nvidia card blew. Thank you for this post, otherwise I would never have thought about baking my logic board. Its working perfectly right now!!! :) thank you!!

  2. Pablo says:

    This didnt work for me. I baked my 2007 2.16ghz Macbook Pro with ATi X1600 motherboard for 7 mins 30 seconds as instructed, but the display was still garbled when i reconnected it all. Thinking that it wasnt hot enough, I tried again, bumping the temp to 400 degrees and baked for 10 minutes. The motherboard was slightly bent after this attempt, the computer powered up still, but the video still garbled. It was a fan forced oven, maybe that has something to do with it.

  3. Munish says:

    Hi Russel,

    I have similar symptoms of bad logic board. I have mid 2009 MacBook Pro . My question is will this method work with this model also. I don’t have oven can I use microwave or any thing else to bake it up. Please advise.

    • Well, unless you don’t mind ruining your microwave and your logic board, I wouldn’t recommend using your microwave. You might be able to look for a blow-dryer style heater, but you’ll need a pretty controlled heating environment that you can control the time and temperature.

  4. Adrian G says:

    This worked for me on my late 2008 mac book. I followed the instructions as stated, oven temperature & 7min 30secs and so far all is well. At the beginning of the year (2014) I bought a new battery & power supply only to find the Mac starting to fail 5 months later. I experienced a black screen, no start up chime & no response from the keyboard. However; the hard drive and CD drive made noises so I decided to stick it in the oven as directed & I’m glad I did. It all works perfectly again & I’m hoping it’ll last at least until next year when I plan on purchasing a newer model.

  5. BOlle says:

    I’d like to report a success with a MacBook Pro, end 2011. The video was not distorted, just a black screen. I baked it , applied new cooingpasta, and booted it. Details: 190 degrees celcius, 7.30 minutes.

    So far, so good (1 day)

  6. km says:

    Hello

    I did the same for a 2008 MBP and it has worked with no problems for a full year and a half (apx). Today I was working and the screen jumbled and was frozen and I powered down and restarted. So here I am again, I guess I will try to bake again, don’t have much to lose, except money buying a new board. I read somewhere about a class action lawsuit regarding this but I’m not going to hold my breath. :-)

  7. it worked for me! thx!!!

  8. Timia Breederveld says:

    Another happy customer!
    Mac was totally dead after 10 months of bad start ups and shutting itself off all the time. (Macbook pro middle 2010)
    8 min in the oven, cleaned the fans and it works again without any problems. Installed fan control to keep an eye on the fans.

  9. Erik says:

    Hey everyone, I just wanted to know if I could try this on my 2009 iMac.. Let me know!

  10. Erik says:

    Hey everyone, I just wanted to know if I could try this on my 2009 iMac.. Let me know! Thanks

  11. Jonathan Trexler says:

    I was a little skeptical of the merits of attempting this, but sure enough 375 degrees for 7.5 minutes didn’t burn it up… and upon reassembly, by gum, it worked again. I will research turning off the discrete graphics to try and alleviate the design flaw going forward… WOW thank you.

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