MagSafe DC board installation- A DIY success story!
10 - 30 minutos
My daughters Cornellian MacBook was slowly loosing it's charging mojo and I thought I'd attempt the repair using IFixit's parts and videos
The dissasembly was easy enough. I couldn't find the right tool for the secret apple pentaculars so I sub'd a hex head and it worked perfect for the smaller screws. For the bigger ones i choose the best fitting blade scredriver and carefully yet firmly teased the fasteners loose.
The miniature connectors in the case are really tiny and without the video I watched for a different repair (screen replacement) I might have dorked one up and I shudder to think what then.
Bummer though I had bought the wrong MagSafe part so make sure you do a better job of identifying which MacBook you have then I did. I made a sketch of the back and placed the fasteners on the paper in the proper locations and that was real helpful.
When the right part came I reassembled (carefully) the myriad little connections and screwed it all together and voila incredibly it works good as new.
I wish I'd vacuumed out the inside right after I took the back off and really that should be regular maintenance it had a lot of dust in there.
My eyes aren't what they use to be and I wish I'd had a magnifying glass. If you need reading glasses maybe thats enough but also a strong light would have been much better. You kids won't have to worry until you hit 40 when everything starts the inevitable downhill slide hahahhaha.
I scrimped on the tools but it was a mistake to not have a plastic spooger and a nice little pair of needle nose the other tools i subd were ok but don't blame me if you strip a screw and if you aren't a old hand at the DIY game than just go buy the tool kit with all the right stuff to begin with and you will thank me for that! And thank you IFixit for supplying enough of the know how and the part to give me the best feeling of accomplishment ever in my whole life with a computer repair that I really expected to be completely beyond the average human's capability. Good Luck!