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  • 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…
  • Removing battery and power will generally reset the PRAM in itself because the computer loses means of maintaining PRAM settings. Resetting PRAM and SMC is never a bad idea, but no, I wouldn’t generally associate either with permanently fixing prob…
  • No, emails like those wouldn't cause this kind of crash. It's really an endless rabbit hole trying to interpret kernel panics and know what to do about them. It's just not worth it -- you won't find anything conclusive, and it will only succeed …
  • Here's what I think is the best solution -- put your old drive in a 2.5" USB enclosure like I mentioned, put a clean install of Catalina on the 2015, then manually migrate your data over. Once you are confident that you've moved everything over, wi…
  • No, Retinas use a different form factor SSD and are not compatible with 2.5" SATA like your current machine has. What you can do is back up your old machine with Time Machine and do a restore on the new machine, or even just put the old drive in an…
  • Hello! I wouldn't associate kernel panics with the battery. You could always remove the battery if you wanted to rule it out. Diagnositcs, etc., are generally not going to help, because crashes are something that happen outside the system, so…
  • Yikes, wouldn't that cost a lot of money? Lemme know how that goes -- I'm curious. Yes, you can find PRAM batteries in scrap machines as well.
  • Hi Ulrik! Thanks for the post, and I'm glad to hear you liked the video! For some reason Titanium batteries are absurdly expensive -- I've seen them for $150! This may sound crazy, but the best way to get both types of batteries is to buy broke…
  • Unfortunately there are no reliable battery vendors anymore due to trade issues, and also Apple convincing homeland security to consider all legit 3rd party batteries counterfeit and block them at the border. Best way is to search eBay for “new A12…
  • Hmmm...I wouldn’t normally associate battery issues with kernel panics, but definitely get rid of the swollen battery — it will only get worse and cause more problems, It can shatter your trackpad and warp the laptop’s case, and it is also a fire …
  • Sorry for the delay — I just noticed your post. Kernel panics are hard to interpret, and what they state usually doesn’t point to the exact problem, so I don’t even bother. To rule out the OS, try booting from another OS install on an external…
  • Thanks for the post! Just to start off, this machine has no financial value, so it’s not worth putting money into unless you are a repair hobbyist, etc. If you could supply the serial so I can determine the exact model, that would help. Lines…
  • Hi, and thanks for the post! Yes the battery is simple to replace — just slide the battery release lever on the underside of the computer and it will pop right out. The harder part will be finding a replacement battery as there is a shortage a…
  • Interesting. Of the tens of thousands of Macs I've repaired and sold, I've never witnessed one that was affected in such a way. Not to say it COULDN'T happen. Mac antivirus software pretty much doesn't exist because Macs are more secure and the b…
  • I may have gotten a good deal on my 2015, being in the business and all. But there are 2.2 and 2.5GHZ versions as well, which are cheaper but basically the same machine. The 2.8GHZ has a premium on it due to being top of the line. I'm curious w…
  • Wow, you got a good deal on the screen -- they are usually 2-3x that price. Anyway, glad it worked out!
  • Unfortunately a 2009 is stuck at El Capitan, and Sierra is not supported. You can find that model 2015 on eBay. Otherwise I would try macofalltrades.com. Thanks
  • Thanks for the post! The ends of the hinges on either side are not actually part of the hinge, but separate pieces screwed on with a few screws, and it's very common that these screws become loose. You are most likely correct -- your hinge is fi…
  • Sounds good! I'll be interested to know how it goes. Once you have the left hinge off, you might want to pry it open and see if there are any small broken parts. Also, lots of replacement parts are never tested and end up being bad, so if the r…
  • Hi! Thanks for the post! It's funny you mention this because I have an 11" Air with the same problem that I've been avoiding looking at. Like yours, it has a sturdy hinge, but it falls all the way back. I took it apart, took off the clutch c…
  • Sorry for the delay -- just noticed the response. Anyway, thanks so much! Yeah, the Answers site was fun...trying to build it up here, but it's tricky getting momentum behind a website! Anyway, hope you're doing well, and stay in touch!
  • Hey Lemerise, how have you been? Good catch -- I forgot to mention the hard drive cable could be a possibility
  • Only if they show symptoms. I think the recall was 2015-2017
  • I'm not very familiar with those, but I don't think either will. 2012 has Thunderbolt 1, and mid 2015 has Thunderbolt 2. I believe it's only machines produced in the last couple years that can handle those.
  • Hi David! Thanks for the post! Unfortunately your 2009 machine is not capable of housing a quad-core board, so an upgrade is not an option. If you are looking for a similar form-factor machine with upgradeable HD and RAM (so that you can use …
  • Hi! Thanks for the post! No restore media means that they do not come with physical restore media to re-load the system (99% of laptops out there don't either). But in most cases you can do an Internet restore if you ever need to re-load the sy…