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#51 2016-07-15 10:01:57

lilithfaen
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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

This made my day, and now I can't stop thinking about it. You people are awesome. big_smile do you know any other place for logic boards besides ebay?

I was looking at the unibody Macbook from late 2008, there isn't an alternative logic board to fit in, is there? The MacBook Pros from that time have a differents shape.

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#52 2016-07-15 12:51:42

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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

@lilithfaen
No, sorry. Only the A1181 models had multiple generation of Mac logic boards similar enough to do this.

I got mine for about $70USD on eBay. Everything else, I left the same. (no superdrive needed, I have a USB one.)

Good luck.

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#53 2016-07-16 21:42:47

lilithfaen
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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

it0uchpods wrote:

@lilithfaen
No, sorry. Only the A1181 models had multiple generation of Mac logic boards similar enough to do this.

I got mine for about $70USD on eBay. Everything else, I left the same. (no superdrive needed, I have a USB one.)

Good luck.

Thanks! I'll get a newer logic board too, then. You found the same seller who doesn't provide a heatsink? If so, where to look for one? The VAT is going to be horrible too.
Man, the 2008 aluminium MacBook is so sleek though. I really wish there were some mods for it. I don't own one, but would like to have it to play along with my white MacBook. Really surprised it lasted so long.

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#54 2016-07-16 21:48:36

lilithfaen
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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

LCGuy wrote:

I believe that the problem that has been plauging me this whole time has been the HDD cable, which is slightly torn, and I suspect is shorting. With the HDD cable removed (the SSD is in the optical bay with a Data Doubler) the machine boots and runs perfectly. I used it on my lap for a couple of hours last night, and took it on its first outing today, and its performed flawlessly.

Only took me 18 months to figure that one out. smile

Hi! Did you now check with the first logic board as well? smile maybe that one worked well, too.

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#55 2016-07-17 00:34:47

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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

I actually put the original board in the donor MacBook that I purchased for the second logic board...for the past 18 months its actually been perfectly reliable.

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#56 2016-07-17 14:22:00

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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

@lilithfaen
Whoops, I did have to purchase a heatsink as well. My board did not come with one.

The one I purchased was about 20USD, but it's worth it.
There is a listing with one that is missing 2 of the metal mounting things. Make sure you purchased one with all 4!

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#57 2016-12-08 23:46:51

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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

My Machine is still working to this date, but, sadly it is now in very poor condition, the bezels all scratched, there are scuffs, and I broke the keyboard cover!!! sad

I plan to buy a parts early 08 machine, and transplant my board into there! I also acquired a second Early 09 board with the same 2GHz C2D, and 9400M, so I'll keep the old one up and running! It only need a new palmrest cable, as I ripped mine during recent Wifi Card replacement (for Sierra). sad

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#58 2018-09-04 17:13:18

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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

LCGuy-

Damn, found this post 4 years too late, lol.  Excelled write-up, I intend to do the same now, even though 10.10 is no longer supported.  I have a mac pro that's running 10.10 fine.  I only need it for light computing and iPhone-iPad management.  I really like the idea of keeping the old case though, throwbacks generally raise eyebrows.

Now try to transplant into an iBook, lol.

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#59 2018-09-04 21:47:15

it0uchpods
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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

Yeah, they are awesome. Mine is a "oreo" MacBook, exterior black, interior white. big_smile
It is quite a head turner!

Have fun big_smile

PS: El Capitan 10.11 works great on these, and if you swap the WiFi card Sierra does also.

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#60 2018-11-27 19:43:44

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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

it0uchpods wrote:

Yeah, they are awesome. Mine is a "oreo" MacBook, exterior black, interior white. big_smile
It is quite a head turner!

Have fun big_smile

PS: El Capitan 10.11 works great on these, and if you swap the WiFi card Sierra does also.

I'm getting ever closer to finally starting the project.  I must ask though, I know what I will be changing the card from the MacBook (4,2)....but which card do I change it to?  If my memory serves me correctly from the initial posting of this transformation how-to, I would be utilizing the card from the donor MacBook, which would be the mid 2009 (5,2).  Is there a better one that is compatible with that system board?

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#61 2018-11-27 19:45:57

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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

You should post some pictures of it.  The only other thing I tried to research to see if I could do it is add the backlit keyboard.  Most things that I read indicate that its not going to be possible.

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#62 2018-11-27 19:58:05

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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

MacBook.jpg

smile
PS: Sorry for the messy picture, but it's the only one I have at the moment.

You need a MacBook5,2 System Board, from Early or Mid 2009. They both use DDR2 memory, like the earlier ones. You need the 2009 heatsink also, or you kill your video card. But be careful, lots on eBay do not have all four of the metal pieces. You need all 4 from a 2009 heatsink.

Kind Regards,
Josh

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#63 2018-11-28 04:15:39

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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

it0uchpods wrote:

http://itpns.ddns.net/res/MacBook.jpg

smile
PS: Sorry for the messy picture, but it's the only one I have at the moment.

You need a MacBook5,2 System Board, from Early or Mid 2009. They both use DDR2 memory, like the earlier ones. You need the 2009 heatsink also, or you kill your video card. But be careful, lots on eBay do not have all four of the metal pieces. You need all 4 from a 2009 heatsink.

Kind Regards,
Josh

Nice setup. What are you running currently. Yosemite or higher?  You may have said but my apologies for not remembering. I was thinking of purchasing a known working 5,2 complete system and just swapping the guts. I think that would be quickest way don’t you?

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#64 2018-11-28 04:17:25

it0uchpods
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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

El Capitan, runs fine with an SSD.

Depends on price. If you can get the 09 board and heatsink super cheap, go for this!

Kind Regards,
Josh

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#65 2018-12-06 16:11:51

Indigruve
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Re: HOWTO: Bring your 2007/2008 BlackBook into the Mavericks/Yosemite age

Firstly, great stuff to read. I read this thread and couldn't help but register just so I could comment....

I love the old Blackbook. I still own one. Currently refurbishing it now. Will be MacPostFactor installing Mountain Lion. But hopefully, I will remember this thread and come back to it when I have some time and spare cash.. There is something special about these black models, and I recently visited an Apple mac Store and stopped many Genius Bar members in their tracks as they came to look and admire. Its such a shame that they are no longer supported.

Couple months back, I had to install Windows (Please forgive my sacrilege).........because my partners Laptop was stolen and so this was the backup machine....Macbook was like another world to her..But I am happy to report that after using the Blackbook for about 3months, I obtained a Macbook Pro 2013 for her, which she now loves. Thats a Win!!!

Thanks again guys, (and gals if there are any readers  here), for the inspiration...

Peace and good will to you all.

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