What Should I Do With My Broken Black Apple MacBook?

This seems like an odd blog post.. but I would like to know how much my broken MacBook might be worth so I can work out what to do with it. I have had the laptop for around 5 years, which seems like a long time, but it has had very, very little use. It’s in great condition for it’s age (apart from being broken), I have seem other peoples MacBooks that look like they have been dragged through a forest and back but still work fine.

Why is it broken?

I’m not completely sure, but a few different “apple experts” have looked at it and they think it’s the logic board. I’ve been through forums online and tried a multitide of keyboard combinations but it still won’t turn on. Also, in my wisdom I put a Snow Leopard disk in it, so this is now stuck in the drive – stuck as in won’t eject, not stuck as in crunch time.

Here are a few pictures:

MacBook Outside

MacBook Open

MacBook Keyboard

If anyone wants bigger or better pictures please let me know.

What should I do with it?

If you could let me know what you think I can do something with it. I have had quotes for a new logic board and they have ranged between £400 to £1000.

Thanks in advance…

2 Responses to “What Should I Do With My Broken Black Apple MacBook?”

  1. James Pink says:


    Just to clarify, is the unit completely dead? does it show any signs of life?

    If it does not power on at all, then there are three things which could be causing your issues:
    – the power button
    – the dc-in port where the magsafe connector plugs in
    – the logic board.

    both the keyboard which houses the power button and the dc-in port are relatively cheap so i would suggest trying them first.

    If you want to do it yourself then I’d suggest getting used parts off ebay as these will be cheap and if it does turn out to be the logic you can always just sell them on. If you are not happy doing that yourself, I’d be happy to take a look. check out our website: http://illpod.com

    If it is the logic I’d suggest selling the unit on ebay for spares or repair (with no warranty) unless you can find a super cheap logic board as the boards tend to be a minimum of £250 and the value of these units is now between £200-£400.

    Hope this helps.

    • admin says:

      I’m pretty sure it’s the logic board.. a few people have looked at it and said that.

      The battery charges, it lights up when you press the button
      The caps lock light doesnt work when it powers on
      I have tried different RAM

      I’ve also tried millions of different keyboard shortcuts etc and none of those work

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