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. MR.PICKLE says:

    THIS RUINED MY MOTHER BOARD =(

    • Sorry to hear that. But I guess my first question would be is, how do you know? Since the logic board would have essentially been dead before you baked it–not sure how you would know that baking it ruined it. Basically, baking your logic board is a last ditch measure–you’ve already lost it so not sure why you’re complaining? Feel free to add your details.

      And full-disclosure to all others: I’ve never guaranteed this process for anyone and embarking on this process should only be done with extreme care and caution after all other possible support options have been explored and exhausted. I’m just happy that its actually a solution that has worked six times for me so far (over 3 months since that last time) and so many others–so its a viable option for those with no others.

    • Dan Kuhn says:

      I just want to say thanks. First attempt at any repair, I baked my logic board. It didn’t start up. I took it apart, realized I didn’t plug in a set of wires underneath the logic board. Its working fine, able to retrieve all of my photos in I-photo.
      Thanks again.
      To any one who can’t afford repair cost, or new computer. Give it a go.

  2. Aylwin says:

    Just did the bake last night, after Apple confirmed I’d need a new logic board on my 15″ 2.16GHz C2D MacBook Pro. It’s got an ATI X1600 so is nowhere near qualifying for the NVIDIA replacement. After 3 glitchy, freezy boots, it came back to life and has been up and running software updates since late last night. Looking good! Oh, and I definitely reapplied the thermal paste. They laid it on pretty thick at the manufacturing plant.

    Also, I’d love to see the above video mashed up with something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLYxeJjxc8s&feature=relmfu : )

  3. Mira says:

    I successfully baked my MBP as well. After an Apple Genius declared my Mac Book Pro as DOA (Dead on Arrival) – dead logic board. I was desperate to find ways to get back my investment. Thanks for this, now I am off to a Genius and ask them to check if it falls under the NVidia recall. Since, prior to it dying unnaturally, I have been experiencing those NVidia symptoms, so I am hoping they replace it.

    Thanks so much for your post!

  4. Priit H says:

    Your original post about bakeing inspired me to try it too and it was today my 5th or 4th (lost count) successful bake since march.

    For me it also looks like it happens when the computer goes to sleep. Also I have external stuff almost always connected to the mbp. Once it happened when the battery ran out aswell.

    Maybe it’s got to do with rapid cooling from high temps under heavy load.
    Also I have aplied some cheap thermal paste every time.

    Anyway just wanted to thank You for the original convincing writeup that has saved me from having to buy a new computer for half a year now

    • Well, you may want to look into using higher-quality thermal paste. Since my last bake, which was the first time I added new Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste, I have been bake-free for the longest time. Its been almost 6 months as of this post. Last bake was late February ’11 and its now halfway through August ’11.

  5. Jon says:

    Thanks! Just cooked my chips in the oven and my mac book pro is back to life three and a half months later. It even booted up with all the tabs and the browser open with the exact time of death, like nothing had happened. Pretty funny. Thanks for posting your experience with this.

  6. Darcy says:

    Thank you so much! Like others, Apple told me I needed a new logic board on my almost 3 year old MacBook pro (a1260). I had no apple care because my family and I have been buying Mac laptops since 1995, and they have all lasted over 4 years before they had issues.

    I figured I had nothing to lose, and in spite of not being experienced with any type of computer repair, I followed the steps. It took 2 hours and 45 minutes total(!), but was well worth it. My husband was so skeptical, and we were both pretty sure I had knocked loose a wire or six in unattaching and reattaching the cables.

    When I plugged it in and it started, we were both pretty shocked. I am currently backing up (my last time machine backup was two years ago–whoops), and am really beyond grateful at the cash saved, and data not lost.

  7. kaido says:

    Hi guys

    what does it mean “dead logic board”?
    have some of you heard of exact reason causing the “death”? the baking of the logic board makes the solder reflow and reconnects the cracked up gap , right, but where is the gap?

    wouldn’t it be more effective to try to do some soldering job on the faulty spot (chip leg etc). it’s sure not an easy task and is impossible to accomplish using ordinary home soldering tools/techniques, but there are some of those labs around who have an equipment and willing to do the job for the fraction of new motherboard. only if they knew what to solder.

    any ideas?

  8. Vflow says:

    Just baked my gt 8600m 08′ MBP last night worked flawlessly after. I have so far figured this is caused by the really terrible thermal paste job that most likely causes them to overheat. This overtime loosens connections which the baking reset. Definitely better than spending $500 for a new logic board.

  9. Brian says:

    I noticed he opened the oven door about half way through. Is this the way you have done it as well?

  10. Justin says:

    Thanks for the info! I baked my 2.2 A1226 and it works great, except one issue. The fans are running at full speed. Ive tried SMC Fan Control, SMC reset, pram reset, and a fresh install a few times. Also there is nothing in activity monitor hogging the cpu. Any solutions? I was thinking I did not connect a temp sensor correctly.

    • Unfortunately, I think that you’re suspicion of a loose temp sensor is most likely the culprit. And my guess, its the one attached to the heat sink between the GPU and CPUs–it’s the one that I wrestled with too. I would do a little research as to the best way to adhere the sensor and try that.

      • Jarno says:

        I had the same problem, baked it (A1226) earlier today with partial success; other problems we’re fixed by that procedure but after that the fans we’re running at full speed. I’m using Fan Control 1.2, couldn’t use it to solve the issue though. Installed the software I found here:

        http://code.google.com/p/fan-control-modded/downloads/detail?name=FanControl-modded-1.2m_r4.pkg

        ..and as soon I’d done it I got back normal control over the fans, problem solved. Saved about 800$ and got another 250$ from the insurance company.. A profitable day. :)

        • Morten says:

          Reg. the fan software that is linked to.

          Early Macbook Pro 2008
          OSX Lion

          It works perfectly. I baked my Mac for 3rd time and started to get problems in terms of missing CPU temps and uncontrollable fans.

          Installed the modded fan control and I was all of a sudden able to control the fans!!

          Just wanted to confirm that.

          /M.

      • steven mcdonald says:

        fan running fast can mean you missed a lead. I did this once, they are easy to trap under the logic board

  11. John says:

    I was on the verge of putting my 2007 MBP to rest due to erratic graphic and heating issues and tried baking the logic board as a last resort. 375 degrees for 7.5 minutes. Da#n if it didn’t work. The machine is like new in terms of performance and runs much cooler. Many thanks for the info!

  12. Nes says:

    2nd successful bake after 8months from the 1st bake.

    Details here :

    http://russell.heistuman.com/2010/09/23/its-officially-a-quad-baked-macbook-pro-4-times-and-counting/

    Mine is an HP.

  13. Paul says:

    I am very eager to do this myself as my logic board has been declared faulty and I am out of warranty. BUT CAN THIS BEEN DONE WITH A 7.1 MID 2010 MACBOOK PRO? If yes what do I have to consider or do different from what is shown in the video? Thanks already, can’t wait to bake it!

    • I would Google your MacBook Pro model to see the specific videos of tear-down and re-assembly. Definitely don’t rely on the video I linked to. Also, I would probably do some more due-diligence on searching forums for the same problems that you’re having with your unibody MBP. This baking fix is primarily for those that had issues with their Nvidia graphics chips and is not really meant as a catch-all approach for dead MBPs. That said, if you have a completely dead MBP and out of warranty, you don’t have much to lose trying this approach (except your time) but I would try to exhaust all my options and treat baking as a last-ditch measure.

      • Paul says:

        Alright. That’s sad news but I appreciate your quick response. Will bake it in case the machine gives up entirely (so far it only freezes after a few minutes and requires a restart and the fan speed increases wildly – but professionals told me it is a faulty logicboard). I will post my experience in case I decide to bake it.
        Thank you

  14. Jorge says:

    Hello Russell, I followed every step.. baked the logic board for 7:30 minutes at 375 once it cool down I put it back together… once I plug in the battery and the power cable I noticed that the power cable light was super light (like dimmed down green) and I started the computer… it loaded perfectly it even started back where I left everything when it went to sleep the last time, but then the laptop froze and the panic screen showed… now my laptop won’t even start…. has anybody else had the same problem? I took everything apart again and put it back together to make sure I didn’t had any cables unplugged… but still nothing… the light on the power supply still shows a super light green… Should I try to rebake the logic board?

    Thanks in advance

  15. Stefano says:

    Hi Russell,
    thank you for the guide! I baked my logicboard and now is working!
    The only problem that I have is that when the MacBook boots in the screen appears a question mark. I connected my internal disk in an external enclosure and MacOS starts from the disk.
    Some tips?

    • It sounds like either your internal hard disk connectors may have loosened in your tear-down and rebuild (best case scenario) or there may be more things wrong on your logic board than the graphics chip issue. Seems like you’ve eliminated the hard drive being the problem itself. I might try re-connecting the same drive as your internal again making sure the connections are all tight just to make sure (if you haven’t already done that). Other than that, you may have a hard drive controller issue on your logic board that baking hasn’t fixed and may have possibly even been the culprit if time/temperature/handling wasn’t within safe parameters. Glad to see that it worked otherwise but hope you get your hard drive situation worked out.

  16. lee savage says:

    gutted ! great expectations as had same fault. power on, fan spins. optical drive alive but no chime. stripped out the logic board and put it in with the roast potatoes. let it cool; smart new thermal paste etc etc. all snugly back together with no spare screws. but same scenario.
    may re-try – hotter / longer. (had to research 375 farenheit to celcius in a fan oven!!)
    thanks for posting all this though, feel some sense of achievement in getting it all apart and back together again (first timer!), even if all i’ve achieved is to clean the most private fluff of a knackered mbp.
    atb

  17. cedric says:

    hello from France!

    I can’t believe it: i did the “cook” because my mbp had the same symptoms as yours, and it works. Thanks a lot, my mbp is alive again!
    Before, i’ve tried to reset the smc and the pram, switch ram, change HD, but my mbp was unable to boot, no shime, no power more than for a second: it was really dead.
    I put the logic bord for 10 mn/ 200°C, back in the mbp and miracle: it works again.
    I don’t know for how long, but i’m happy anyway.
    So thanks again.

    Cedric

  18. James says:

    Hi,
    I got same problem with my Macbook Pro 17″ Early 2008. Apple Care told to replace the logic board. Anyway I found how people are getting benefited from your website so I did the baking, as nothing to lose.

    I did at oven with 190 Celsius for 8 mints. (both top and bottom burners were around 190 degrees). Rest I followed the process.

    Well when I put it back after cooling, the screen became alive for a few sec and then nothing happened. So I kept trying but nothing … its goes back to where it was.

    It turns on, I hear the super drive noise, and hard disk spinning. and fans are also running. But not boot sound, and screen is black out. Keyboard keys are not responsive, like if I press Caps key, its light doesn’t turn on.

    So should I bake logic board again or there is some other problem?
    I did clean and put the new thermal paste. I used COOLER MASTER ICE FUSION, that’s only I can get from local market here.

    Please advise. Cheers,

    • Not sure what else might have been wrong, but I think I would try to bake it one more time and maybe try it slightly higher temp. The post before yours indicated they tried 200°C at 10 mins. and that worked for them–it may have just been that it didn’t reflow well enough for you.

      • James says:

        Hi,
        Well finally it worked. I baked it at 200 C, for 10 mints. And used Cooler Master Ice Fusion paste.
        Thanks for the post. I finally able to use my MacBook Pro 17″ after 2 years.
        Cheers,

  19. karl wilson says:

    Mr. Heistuman,
    you sir has given probably if not the best advise on this subject. I would not doubt if when you send your computer in to Apple this is exactly what they are doing for $529.95.
    Thank you because today I became another happy and proud graduate of your
    Apple Logic Board Baking Institute.

    Much Respect.

    karl

  20. Don says:

    I just tried this on a mid 2008 Macbook. Cant believe it worked! Thankyou very much for your help.

  21. Nick says:

    Needless to say that morning my MBP didn’t wake up, I was rather disheartened. It was even worse when my local “genius” said it would cost somewhere around $550 for them to fix my MBP. After some searching, I came across your issue’s that where exactly the same as mine. So, after about three hours of arduous work, I sit here now writing this post on my again working MBP!! Thanks for all the posts!

  22. Franck says:

    Hi Russell,

    It just worked. Thanks a bunch!

    Our Macbook Pro, A1226, is back to life. 7:30 min at 375 °F using thermal paste as recommended on iFixit.

  23. Nik says:

    I just did it on my 1 year and 2 months old MBP 15″ 2GHz quad core i7 with AMD 6490M. Two months ago i started occasionally to get colored squares on external monitor. Reset the cable and its gone, so i wasn’t sure what’s happening. This problem start rapidly to get worse and few days ago OS start freezing and all sorts of distortion on both monitors. Then i realize its something to do with GPU. If i use only integrated gpu then is fine. I didn’t cross on internet with anyone who has same problems on these new mbp’s from 2011. Because i just came out of 1 year limited warranty “geniuses” in Apple Store not very convincing, it means i would need to pay for repair. Today i get to work and baked it for 8mins on 200C. Also i think i applied thermal paste better since temps are lower as well on CPU and GPU. I used Zalman ZM-STG2. Overall i am very happy to avoid heavy repair costs and its working 100% now. Thanks for this BLOG and Russell that helped me decide to do it. I still think that Apple is driving these graphic chips to the limits to achieve our beautiful user experience. Its very unlikely poor engineering design since there are no issues with any other components on the board. Its simply that manufacturers of graphic chips need to keep up with reality. There is reason why Apple doesn’t want to have bulky fan cooler on top of the GPU. Anyway, just wanted to let you know guys. If you in doubt …. JUST DO IT. You will not damage the board by baking it … i am also electronic engineer, designing multi-layer PCB’s for ARM controllers and FPGA’s and the this technique of baking the boards is very common today. Since most of the chips are in BGA package there is no way with simple soldering process to fix these kind of problems unless you apply high temperature for BGA to sit to its position properly again. Cheers … i am very happy today :) !!!

  24. Neal Stamell says:

    writing to say thanks from my freshly baked MBP!!! can’t believe I was able to do this myself!

  25. Bart says:

    damn, it worked. I love this guide and your help, if you had a donate button i would donate. i am so happy and amazed

  26. derrick says:

    I was leary of trying the bake method, because i only wanted to reflow the GPU, and I would think baking it would reflow the whole board. Does baking reflow EVERYTHNG!? Like the CPU? I did the heat-gun method and it worked so far.

    • I would assume that it would reflow the whole board, but I’ve never been too worried that that was a bad thing–it would be if it made it so that it was broke which hasn’t been the case. That said, I also don’t see anything wrong with using a heat-gun if that’s already worked for you. I’m sure it would be less wear and tear on the rest of the board.

  27. boris says:

    Could somebody layout exact MBP behavior, when GPU is at fault.
    From the posts above, I gathered this: HDD, CD/DVD and fans power up but no chime and no video, MBP does not boot.
    Could not find if MPB still charges the battery and if keyboard is responsive?
    Thanks.

  28. boris says:

    It works!
    I baked it at 400F for 10min.
    Here is the symptoms MBP 15″ SR had before the bake:
    HDD, DVD, fans, sleep led would power up but no chime, no video and MBP does not boot, light on a power connector bright yellow, battery completely drained and would not charge.
    Closer diagnostics: Left I/O board had voltage ~19V on only a half of the output ribbon cable, i.e. the part that goes into logic board was ~0V. There was -/+3.3V on battery connectors.
    SMC reset or holding down option button to get to boot menu did nothing.
    Power button was operational.
    PRAM reset made sleep LED blink fast 5 times and then MBP would turn off.
    So keyboard was somewhat responsive, however other indicators would not work, like capslock.

    Now it is all good. It chimed and video turned on right away.

    TY for your post a lot.

    I was fiddling with this MBP for a couple month and thought that new logic board was the last resort. Couple of days ago stumbled on your post and it is fixed now.

    IT IS REALLY STRANGE that it does not come up in google right away, just simple staff like resetting SMC.

    Boris

  29. Chris says:

    After days of sadness, RAM swapping, hard drive changing, and button combo pressing I threw in the towel and declared my mac book pro dead. I heard of the baking but was too afraid then thought what do I have to lose so I did it. And I am overjoyed to say thank you my mac book pro is alive and well again!

  30. Carlos says:

    Hi!

    Baked my 2007 MBP a couple of weeks ago. It is now working really good and I hope it will for at least a couple of months. Thanks!

  31. steven mcdonald says:

    Hi

    The repair guys said my mac was dead, $950 for new logic board.

    I stripped it down and cooked in gas oven for 10min at 420. All the solder came out bright and clean. be careful to support the board in the middle as it will sag. ordered so arctic silver thermal compound put it back together and am typing this on the computer right now

    I suspect cracks in the joins between graphics chip and logic board, all that heating and cooling is going to cause stress.

    I now run smcfancontroland a temperature monitor

  32. Warren Miles says:

    Well it worked! I am speechless!

    A slight slant is that I washed the board first. This is because I spilled liquid into it. After the spill the laptop reacted to the power button only to turn the hdd on for 3 seconds then off, it did stay on if the power cord was connected but got no further.

    Now following some other posts, the general contention was to use 90+% alcohol but in the absence of this I used anti bacterial hand gel which is 62% ethanol, did the trick!

    Washed the board down with a fine paintbrush with the gel then baked it for 7 min 30 secs (ish) at 190c put it back together et voila! Life!

    Got to say, albeit I am of a scientific background I would never of thought to do this, but it worked! Go figure!

  33. Markus says:

    Wooohoooo, thanks a lot for the help through that hard time :*-D

    It worked out, baked the MacBook Pro 3,1 Logicboard for 7.5 minutes, renewed the thermal paste and screwed the MBP back again. Installed the modded fan tool as described earlier and now here I write on my formerly forsaken MBP.

    You are awesome, cheers from Vienna!

  34. Davide says:

    Well. Macbook Pro early 2008, got the problem.
    Cleaned up the chips from old thermal paste, baked at 180/190 °C, 8 min, traditional oven (no fan). Assembled again.
    And I am writing this from my reborn Mac :)
    Thanks so much for having reported this solution!!!

  35. adrian franco says:

    I have this exact mac i believe 2008. Recently its been staring up. or whats sounds like it will but doesnt turn on (screen stays completely black, doesnt light up). First time it happened i hade just shut my laptop for a while. When i reopened it didnt turn on again. I left it alone for about three days and tried to turn it on. It did. But once i shut the laptop it did not display anything again. The little light at the bottom lights up and sounds like its going to turn on but doesnt. What should i do? Idk if i should try this method ( baking the logic board too. (P.s A friend hooked me up with adobe bundle cs6 final cut pro 7 ect…..If i cant turn my latptop on Is there a way were i can just passthese programs to another laptop without reinstalling?)
    Please help Im DESPERATE.

    • adrian franco says:

      Also if i bake the logic board will it erase these programs from my laptop? Im a complete idiot at this have no idea what im do please help. Didnt even knw MBP meant macbook pro :/

      • Not to offend you Adrian, but if you truly were a complete idiot, you might not want to attempt doing this. 😉 That said, I doubt that you are, and if you follow the instructions in the video on how to disassemble the MacBook Pro, and then follow my instruction on how to bake only the board, you should be OK. Your files/programs are stored on your hard drive which would remain in your laptop. You won’t lose anything on your hard drive by doing this.

  36. Kent says:

    First of two baked and now working! It was TOTALLY dead before baking.

    Second one out of the oven and cooling down! Can’t wait to try it.

    A million thanks!

  37. aryx says:

    hi mr.russel
    my MBP 15″ early 2011 got problem when using high spec req application like photoshop,autocad etc.( because for this several app,MBP switch to ATI 6490m). the screen got black vertical line, and the screen going weird ( not focus).
    i already use GFxstatus to lock GPU,but it always switch to higher GPU)
    i already change/ switch memory,thermal paste replaced and cleaning both of their fans.

    the spesific problem more like GPU problem ( my newbie opinion)

    does this baking method can solve this problem? please give your opinion

    cheers from indonesia,sory for my english.

    • aryx says:

      i also want to know,
      before we baking it.home slot for memory keep it at logicboard or we must take off it ? .because its fell hard to separate from logicboard.

      wish me luck guys 😐

    • I couldn’t provide good information for your 2011 15″ MacBook Pro model as I don’t own one myself. I’m afraid you’ll have to do some more research to see if there have been others who have reported the same issues as you have. If you do end up having to take your system apart—make sure you search for your MBP on sites like iFixIt.com.

      • aryx says:

        update for MBP 15″ early 11 case.
        i had baking my logic board this evening.its fix for start up/booting problem for now, but when i use high req app.my screen going screw again.it must be my GPU ATI still sick.
        at least it safe me for micrsoft office app work,get money and try to better solution.
        life extending temporaly solution,for me.

        best regard.

  38. Thanks so much, it worked like a champ. I cleaned the board extra-well and set a spoon atop the GPU for some added weight there. Then I baked it at 395° for 10 minutes. Perfect!

  39. Philip says:

    Wow, this actually worked! Baked mine for 7 mins at 350. Thanks so much!

  40. iOScar says:

    Hola soy de El Salvador y me tope con este problema y tengo pensado hacer lo pero cuanto es la temperatura del orno y cuanto les ha durado a los que les ha funcionado…!

    Si lo intento les aviso

    Gracias…!

  41. Tom says:

    This too worked for me. Same basic symptoms on macbook. First time opening the case. Pretty straight-forward. T6 torx + small phillips and you are set. The website link after my comment is very helpful for the take-apart. The whole procedure took me about 2.5 hours including the bake (375F for 7 min) – smell of plastic burning ended the bake. The biggest benefit is cleaning out all the dust around the fans. Have a pressurized air can handy – do not start without it. Lots of small connectors that can get lost under the motherboard on re-assemble – just take your time and inspect heavily prior to re-screwing motherboard down. Have fun! Hopefully fix lasts.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Core+2+Duo+Models+A1226+and+A1260+Logic+Board+Replacement/681/1

  42. Cédric says:

    Well, i’ve baked my mbp tree times now. The first time: two month ok (9mn at 180°C)
    second time: 6month (10mn at 200°C) and last time (yesterday, 15mn at 220°C!!!) . This baking is the last i think, because now my mbp is 5 years old, the goal is reach.
    This method (baking the logic board) is really cool. It gives your dead mbp some lifetime more, and time for you to have the $ to buy a new one.

    So thank you very much Russell.

    Cédric

  43. CerebralVortex says:

    Highly recommend this process!

    I’m typing this on my early 2008 macbook pro which is actually running cooler than before the bake. (7 minutes, 30sec at 270 degrees C, leaving the door open for half an hour after turning off the oven before removing the board and tray) I discovered the heat transfer grease of the previous installation was all over the place and thoroughly cleaned the heat transfer pads with alcohol and also a 2 part cleaning solution which came with the grease to carefully remove the old application (carefully!) from around the tiny surface mount resistors on the chip surface around the pads using cuetips – replacing with high quality grease in a very thin layer before replacing the heatsink (Very important to balance the tension of the mounting screws for an optimum connection to the cooling pipes).
    I also took the opportunity to vacuum the entire chassis and filters, using a can of compressed air to remove all dust from crevices and connectors. The most time spent was in cleaning off all glue from stickers attached to components, and I recommend photographing the board thoroughly before removing the pads and connectors for reference when replacing them. Peeling the tape off the fan vents should be done very carefully and slowly so as not to tear the thin copper heat transfer surface under the tape. It’s been over 2 months and the machine is still running very smoothly.

    After the operation, I suggest installing ‘SMC fan control’ and manually monitoring the temperature from time to time, adjusting as necessary when running graphics/cpu intensive apps. I try to keep the machine below 60 degrees c during intensive work. I suspect that running the fans harder than OSX suggests may prolong the life of the solder connections, making the necessity of the nerve wracking baking process less frequent or hopefully redundant – It is much simpler to install new fans after they wear out than to bake the logic board.

    Your post saved my MBP (for now at least) thank you!

  44. Jayne says:

    I was able to successfully bake my MBP 2008 two times, both bakes lasting about 2 months. (I did clean the thermal paste and reapply carefully both times).
    I used http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Core+2+Duo+Models+A1226+and+A1260+Logic+Board+Replacement/681/2 as a my guide.
    So it failed the third time, and I confidently disassembled and baked, being careful on every step. I fully expected it to churn back to life afterward. But when I attached the MagSafe plug, the indicator light on it flashed a pale orange/green. I took the keyboard back off to see if I missed anything, but all is as it should be, as far as I can tell. Tried an SMC reset, etc. Is it fried, or does anyone have any suggestions? Help!

  45. Man yesterday i was playing all day games on my mac , and i install need for speed ung 2, and when i start it , boom down , no starting , what to do , because i’m a dj .. and i’m playing from my mac i have all the music there and almost crying , i find this site ,,, i read it.. i sead i don;t have nothing to louse if it;s not working this is it, yesterday i cock the logic bored ,. first time 5 minutes… i come and do some research .. and i seed ok .. it’s not enough ,. again 6 minutes i was afraid.. I assembly the mac .. and the mac start’s but no screen .. black screen, ok today i sead i’ll try again , i disassembly the mac , and i see that the monitor connection it’s not ok :)) put it back to his place , put the ram and the battery quickly to try :)) , when i press the start THE MAC START’S !! I DIDN’T BELIVE IT , NOW I BELIVE IT :)) I DO SOME RESEARCH AND it’s the same proces like reflow , thnx very mutch now i have my mac for the partys i’ll fucking delete all games .. no more games on it just my music soft ! thnx!!!

  46. peter says:

    Got tools ? Torx driver by Husky from Home Depot. Wiha
    screw driver set.
    My 17 year old daughter’s MBP died;
    so I baked the logic board at 375F for 7:30min. I used
    Artic silver 5 to “bond” the three BGA chips to their
    heat sinks. It worked for two weeks then the MAC died.

    Two days ago, my young daughter performed the entire
    procedure by herself and her MAC is revived; so far.

  47. Esteban says:

    Last Christmas i baked my MBP 15″ 2,2MHz (chime, freeze during gray display) and it worked.

    Unfortunately a few days ago it crashed again (when connected to a projector) and seemed really dead (no chime, black screen, only hdd sound) Today I baked it again (200ºC 10 min) and it works again.

    I don’t understand anything but the reality is that i am writing this post with my laptop alive.

  48. Gavin says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I really find it hard to believe it was part of my fix but it has to be true!
    Beer on keyboard of Macbook Pro 13 inch 2009, instantly shut down, left in sun upside down to dry, didn’t have tools to remove battery, a week later dismantle and thoroughly clean with Isopropynol, not working after re-assembly, found discussions about baking logic board, decided to try it (last chance saloon, £250 for new board if no success), reassembled, battery dead flat, no lights, plug in power, not expecting anything, then BOING!! there she blows! Whoop Whoop Hoorah!
    BUT… the only issue still is that any key on keyboard is causing a short and shutting it down. Does anyone have an idea what I should be looking for? Dampness trapped under keys? between one of those layers of plastic? So close to full recovery any help greatly received.
    Many thanks to Russell and anyone else who has shared their experience… and iFixit of course!

  49. Al says:

    Thank you! I tried this on a 2010 Macbook Pro that had water damage. Laptop would not boot at all and was quoted at $450 to have the logic board replaced. After realizing that I had absolutely nothing to lose, I baked the board on both sides after completely allowing to cooling in between. To my surprise, the Macbook came back to life after sitting in the closet for roughly 3 months! Its been about a week since the bake and its been working flawlessly. However the super drive is nonfunctional and screen as slight water spots from the water damage. Wish I could bake those off as well! Thank you for saving me.

  50. Mercurio says:

    Hi Russell,

    This is a belated thank you. I had the same problem of toasted logic board on my MBP2008, after following your video, I was able to revived it to full functions. That was, I think around Feb 2012, so it has been 12 months now. I could not have asked for more or thank you enough, bearing in mind that before then, I had never done anything more than changing the RAM in a computer.

    Just last night MBP passed out again, so I will try to revive it again this morning and see whether the miracle could be repeated :-) fingers crossed!

    Cheers,
    Merc

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