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Tue Dec 30, 2014, 03:18 PM

 

Broken MacBook? Fix it by *baking* it in an oven.

I first started noticing heat issues about a year ago. My model of MacBook Pro is notorious for running too hot. And I run mine pretty hard: I’m a programmer for iFixit, and in my spare time, I game and make electronic music. On an average day, my laptop hovered between 80º and 90º C. One time I saw it climb as high as 102º C—hot enough to boil water.

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Instead, I cracked open the back of my laptop, disconnected all eleven connectors and three heat sinks from the logic board, and turned the oven up to 340º F. I put my $900 part on a cookie sheet and baked it for seven nerveracking minutes.

After it cooled, I reapplied thermal paste, put it all back together, and cheered when it booted. It ran great for the next eight months. Temperatures averaged in the 60s and 70s C—although recently, they began creeping up again.

http://ifixit.org/blog/6882/why-i-drilled-holes-in-my-macbook-pro-and-put-it-in-the-oven/

I love crazy computer stories like this. Steve Jobs must be rolling in his grave! (Bless his soul)

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Reply Broken MacBook? Fix it by *baking* it in an oven. (Original post)
waltervink Dec 2014 OP
Satan Dec 2014 #1
eddiepina Dec 2014 #2
Currentsitguy Jan 2015 #3
joesanjose Jan 2015 #4
Silent But Deadly Jan 2015 #6
joesanjose Jan 2015 #7
magdrop Jan 2015 #5
joesanjose Jan 2015 #8

Response to waltervink (Original post)

Tue Dec 30, 2014, 03:22 PM

1. Steve Jobs has a deep understanding of "heat issues" right about now

you can take a Devil's word on that

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Response to waltervink (Original post)

Tue Dec 30, 2014, 03:48 PM

2. Hahaha

This reminds me of the guys that were fixing their red-ring-of-death Xboxes by running them wrapped in a towel. The heat deformed the circuitry enough to make them function. Probably more dangerous than the fix in the OP though!

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Response to waltervink (Original post)

Wed Jan 7, 2015, 11:49 AM

3. Love it

Support often has to deal with the craziest issues.

True story. 20 years ago I was working Help Desk for a moderately large company (400 employees at the time). One day I got a call from someone telling me their computer would not turn on. I walked them through all the standard steps: Is the monitor on? Is everything plugged in? etc. Finally I realized i was going to have to go down to their desk. I found the culprit almost instantly. They had a plug strip under their desk in which everything was plugged in, including the plug strip itself. I pointed out what the problem was to which they replied "Well it always worked that way before!!". I told her to call me immediately if she ever managed to make it work again because we were both going to be millionaires.

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Response to waltervink (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 03:47 AM

4. First

What line of thought made you put it in the oven to start with? Are you thinking it would decrease the resistance in transistor channels? I'm assuming you picked 340F, because it's lower than the solder flow temperature. How did you determine seven minutes?

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Response to joesanjose (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 13, 2015, 06:22 PM

6. The person who posted this didn't actually do this.

It's confusing because the person didn't put the quote from the article in an "excerpt" box to distinguish the part cut-and-pasted from the link from his or her comments.

You'd have to ask the person who wrote the article at the link to get an answer.

He also drilled holes in the thing....

https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/yRWJWeNvTFLDMP6t.medium

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Response to Silent But Deadly (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 14, 2015, 01:06 AM

7. Yeah, I read the link...

It's reflow, it's not affecting the semiconductor at all. I'm surprised the solder flows at 340.

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Response to waltervink (Original post)

Sun Jan 11, 2015, 01:24 AM

5. The microwave works a lot better.

And it's a lot faster.

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Response to magdrop (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 14, 2015, 01:07 AM

8. I always boil mine first.

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