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  • No problem, and good luck!
  • If that one is a 2018, how does it have Sierra on it? A Mac will not run an OS that is older than the one it came with.
  • That's just an account login. The machine appears to have Sierra on it (you can see the default background)...it takes a T2 chip (which it has if it's 2018) + Catalina to be activation locked. Does it let you boot to an external device? If it d…
  • Thanks for the post! I don't know what you mean by "network account feature"...are you talking about activation lock? If you could post a picture, that might help. Keep in mind the DFU method can potentially remove a firmware lock and wipe the …
  • Glad that was it! Yeah it's funny how the pads "hide in plain sight" and are even labeled! But with so much going on and with such a big board they are hard to spot.
  • Thanks for the post! I will need to verify on a real board to be sure, but I think it is where I circled in this image:
  • Thanks for the post! Unfortunately even if a 2012 fit in a 2009, all of the cabling is completely different, so it wouldn't be functional at all.
  • Hi! I apologize for the delay -- I somehow missed your question. El Capitan is the latest it can take. This document has the download link: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206886
  • Hi, and thanks for the post! Just a standard USB-C cable. I wish I had more interesting news to report, but I have not tried with a 2012, only an additional USB-C machine, in my case a 2016. It may work, but I haven't tried it. I just checke…
  • Given it's a 2009 board, I wouldn't put more effort into it at this point. It's barely worth $10 as a dead board, so it's certainly not worth paying anyone to fix. I'd suggest searching eBay for replacement boards, which you might be able to find …
    in Board repair Comment by John August 25
  • Thanks for the post! Heating up the board in an oven can be used to deal with certain kinds of board issues, but it requires a specific kind of oven, and it does not solve the most typical board defects. I would recommend clicking on the "Power …
    in Board repair Comment by John August 25
  • Good to hear!
  • Hi! Thanks for the post, but for the most part I do not sell parts. I would suggest searching eBay, or posting on the "MacProUpgrade" Facebook group.
    in 2009 Mac Pro 4,1 Comment by John July 19
  • Thanks for the post, and I'm glad you're getting into repair! I do not sell wholesale broken items. I buy from recyclers, and I would suggest also buying from electronics recyclers as I describe in this video:
  • Thanks for the post, but unfortunately I have never dealt with Thunderbolt monitors. Maybe someone on the site will see your question and answer. The one question I would ask is, have you verified that the thunderbolt port on your computer is stil…
  • Thanks for the post! Lots of retina models do have power-on-pads...unfortunately I've been lazy about updating the site. Additionally, I have never owned a 2017, so that is not a laptop I've had the ability to test with yet. I did a quick Googl…
  • Thanks! Not sure why you think I'd need to lie. Let me know what MacBook you have (year, model) and I'll make upgrade suggestions.
  • To be honest, I don't even know what that is.
  • Hi! SSDs fail...it's probably not worth the effort trying to determine what went wrong. I have a dozen SSDs I use daily for imaging laptops, and I probably replace 2-3 a year due to failure. They are more reliable than mechanical drives, but th…
  • Hello! You know, I have never used one so I really have no idea. Cool concept though. I would contact the manufacturer about stability. Perhaps you can buy one from a place with a good return policy, so if it doesn't meet your needs you can re…
  • AWESOME!!!! So glad to hear this story had a happy ending. :-)
  • Hi! Thanks for the post. So just to be clear on the power-on-pad test -- you disconnected the keyboard cable, jumped the board, and it powered on, but then it shuts off halfway through booting? Are you able to power it on with the power button…
  • No problem! The one thing to keep in mind is that this is a 2011 screen assembly, so the video cable takes a little more pressure to get into the socket, but it's 100% compatible. I put 2011 screen assemblies on 2012 machines all the time. Here…
    in Worth Repair Comment by John April 10
  • That is super expensive and you're buying a whole laptop that you don't need. There are plenty in the US (assuming you are in the US), so there is no need to deal internationally. Just search eBay for "a1286 15" pro screen assembly". Here's one f…
    in Worth Repair Comment by John April 10
  • Thanks for posting! It's not clear from your statement what the problem is. I don't know what you mean by "it sort of powered up but I powered it off". Is the screen broken? When you power on do you get a light on the screen? If there is no l…
    in Worth Repair Comment by John April 10
  • The best way to determine which MacBooks will work with an OS is to Google "X system requirements", where X is the OS in question. You'll quickly find the supported list of machines for that OS.
  • Hi! Thanks for the post. To be honest, I'm having difficulty determining exactly what you are asking. eBay is about the best play you'll find to buy boards. You get what you pay for, and there is no magic solution, or a place that has them s…
  • Thanks for the post, but I don't do repairs for end-users, and I don't work on iPhones anyway (only MacBooks). I would check out the repair network on ifixit.com. Thanks, John
  • One thing that comes to mind -- when you say it falls to fully open, is it still at an angle, or does it fall completely flat, like even with the keyboard? If it falls all the way down to the desk, you may need a new screen assembly...there are com…
  • Thanks for the post! Are you noticing the looseness on the computer side, or on the screen side? Either way, it's probably the screws or the hinge arms becoming stripped over time. You might try replacing the screws first. I've never tried glu…