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Apple quietly updates MBP logic boards

updated 12:05 am EDT, Wed August 16, 2006

MBP logic boards updated

Apple is quietly replacing logic boards in MacBook Pros that have undergone repair by Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASP) and has told its providers that the new logic board require an upgradeded version of Mac OS X. Users who have experienced problems and have had their MacBook Pros repaired may receive MacBook Pros with an upgraded logic board, according to MacNN sources. Apple told its sevice partners that some MacBook Pro computers may require Mac OS X 10.4.6 after having the main logic board replaced: "When a MacBook Pro goes in for repair, some computers may receive a different version of the main logic board (MLB) than others. The alternate MLB provides equal functionality to the one it replaces. It does not add any new functionality. It is important to note, however, that the new MLB requires a later version of the Mac OS X operating system to be installed."

Early production versions of the MacBook Pro had many problems, which were resolved by updated logic boards, but did not require a new OS version; Apple also acknowledge and addressed some battery-related problems in early version of the MBP's.

Authorized service providers are being told to give customers a new Mac OS X 10.4.6 install DVD and that if the MacBook Pro's logic board is replaced by a AASP, the AASP should update the computer's version of Mac OS X from the DVD and pass the DVD along to the customer. Apple, however, did say that all not all MacBook Pro logic board repairs would require the updated version of Mac OS X.




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  1. mymacluvsme

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    and what about

    The macbooks? These are experiencing problems, too, such as colored vertical lines at startup, and also random sudden shut-downs. The apple discussions are full of annoyed and angry users. My macbook has been at apple for over a week for repair but is still on hold waiting for a part on order. But apple isn't telling us anything yet.

  1. Luke MacWalker

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    This is news?

    This "news" has been official for more than a month now... (for example, see http://www.hardmac.com/niouzcontenu.php?date=2006-07-8 )

  1. Tikas

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Official news

    This was posted just yesterday to all AASP. So it's official first post about new logic boards.

  1. devilla101

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    apple isn't telling us

    Yeah thats how Apple likes it. Secret about products and its myriad of problems!

  1. blueness

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    swapped and all is fine

    Swapped mine and all is fine.

    I had the buzz/whine with my week 13 1.83 GHz Mac Book Pro (on sale for $300 off the original $1999), but was lucky enough to have the issue resolved within a week of purchase. Apple shipped the part overnight and the local shop had it repaired and back to me within 24 hours. I don't think it's any cooler (the service manual still calls for a crazy amount of thermal paste ... it's a CPU and heat sink, not a wedding cake) but it works as I'd expected.

    Oh! Apple had a new battery to me overnight also. I'm sure they have a deal on shipping, but wouldn't it cost them less to get all this right before they release the product and spare the overnight courtesy?

    Sigh.

    Still a great machine, though! I now use it for my Win XP IT work.

  1. paradisal

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Replaced mine too

    Apple replaced my logic board as well. My machine wasn't shutting down properly, 85% of the time if you selected shutdown it would just go into sleep, but you couln't wake it without a hard shutdown. Since getting it back, it seems to be fine and its running about 5ş cooler.

  1. cambie

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    confirmed

    I can confirm this. My 15" MBP wouldn't stay alive on battery power. I took it in and was told that my SN was in the range listed as possibly needed this updated motherboard. So the genius scheduled for me to get a new logic board installed, and i got it back with a new copy of OS X, with a note expaining that indeed I had to use the newer version of OS X if I ever intended to reinstall.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    confirmed

    I can confirm this

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    confirmed

    I can confirm this

  1. pmbooks

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    faulty replacement

    Sent mine in for the "whine" and a faulty speaker. Both were returned fixed, replacement parts below:

    SVC, MLB 2.0GHZ, 256VRAM(M1-CAP)MBP15" ASSY, INVERTER, NCC, MBPRO15" PCBA, LIO/AUDIO (M1) MBPRO15" FLEX ASSY, LIO/AUDIO, M1 SPKR ASSY, PURCH, M1

    Three days later, the dreaded RSS, sudden shutdown started occuring with faster and faster frequency until I could not even log in. Determined it was faulty logic board so sent it in again. It is now lost, or at least, it is being searched for at this time. I got the two cd install discs for 10.4.6, however I already had 4.7 installed. I wonder if having 4.7 installed might have been problematic for the replacement logic boards, as is the 4.5.

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