Baking a macbook pro early 2008 after a hair dryer fail

My trusty Macbook Pro early 2008 (Penryn, 4gb, 840 pro ssd) has failed to boot and no amount of Cmd + Option + P + R can revive it. This happened the next day after I bought a Macbook Air 2013. So I thought I will tinker with it as I have nothing to loose except for an app mockup that I have toiled around for two days.


First, I tried reviving it using a hair dryer method as it worked before with Xbox 360.  I have cleaned it up and applied a thermal paste (Zalman). It has produced the wake-up sound but no luck in booting.





Then I stumbled with this blog by Russell Heistuman about baking the logic board of a Macbook Pro and give it a try.

So I preheated the oven for 10 minutes setting it to “Bake” and 190°C. I placed the board on top of baking tray with an aluminum balls as advised from the blog. Then I timed it at 7 minutes and 30 seconds.

I let it cool down for 15 minutes. Re-apply the thermal paste and re-assemble the whole thing. I heard the boot sound and it was music to my ears.  Thanks to Russell for the second life of this MBP.

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