Joined: Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:25 pm Posts: 40 Location: Backside, Wasnatch
Yessir. I've had this done multiple times and had them replaced (in and out of warranty) and even have done one myself. Best steps to move forward:
1. Call Apple. Give 'em the serial number and go from there. If you have the original dvd/cd media, run the AHT (apple hardware test) and give them the diagnostic code that it'll spit out. The same thing happend to my step dad's MBP logic board which was out of warranty, and they replaced it at no cost.
2. Not sure what the going rate to get a replacement is, but you can shop it online, or take it to an authorized repair center. Depending on how old the MBP is, it's sometimes not cost effective to replace. Maybe better to buy a used one on eBay with the money, and just move the HD from the old to new MBP.
3. If you're up to it, shop for a logic board online and replace yourself.
Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions. Or email at dnick [at] me [dot] com. Good luck.
Joined: Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:48 pm Posts: 671 Location: Kodiak, AK
Mine died on my 2008 MBP recently. Talked to the Genius Bar in Anchorage, and since it would not start up they could not diagnose the issue withouth opening the case. They quoted me various prices depending on what they found, or they could send it to the mother ship and have up to 3 major components (mother board, screen, etc) replaced for a fixed $210. Since I was going to be in Tahoe over Christmas, I had them send the repaired computer to the Reno apple store where I picked it up. Everything went as smoothly as you could hope for, and the fixed repair price was way cheaper than any of my other options. It may not apply to a 5 yo computer though. You'd have to ask.
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