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This guide will help you replace the logic board.

  1. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement, Lower Case: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Three 14.4 mm Phillips #00 screws

    • Three 3.5 mm Phillips #00 screws

    • Four 3.5 mm shouldered Phillips #00 screws

    • When replacing the small screws, align them perpendicular to the slight curvature of the case (they don't go straight down).

  2. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.

    • Remove the lower case.

  3. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement, Battery Connection: step 3, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement, Battery Connection: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.

  4. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

  5. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement, Fan: step 5, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement, Fan: step 5, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement, Fan: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Use the edge of a spudger to gently pry the fan connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to twist the spudger axially from beneath the fan cable wires to release the connector.

    • The fan socket and the fan connector can be seen in the second and third pictures. Be careful not to break the plastic fan socket off the logic board as you use your spudger to lift the fan connector straight up and out of its socket. The layout of the logic board shown in the second picture may look slightly different than your machine but the fan socket is the same.

  6. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following three screws securing the fan to the logic board:

    • One 7.2 mm T6 Torx screw

    • Two 5.3 mm T6 Torx screws

  7. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the fan out of its recess in the logic board, minding its cable that may get caught.

  8. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement, Logic Board: step 8, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement, Logic Board: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pull the right speaker/subwoofer cable out from under the retaining finger molded into the upper case.

    • Pull the right speaker/subwoofer cable upward to lift the connector out of its socket on the logic board.

  9. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the camera cable from the logic board.

    • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board. Pulling the cable upward may damage the logic board or the cable itself.

  10. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the following four cables:

    • AirPort/Bluetooth cable

    • Optical drive cable

    • Hard drive cable

    • Trackpad cable

    • To disconnect the cables, use the flat end of a spudger to pry their connectors up from the sockets on the logic board.

  11. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Use your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Use the tip of a spudger to pull the keyboard ribbon cable out of its socket.

    • The cable may be difficult to insert. If you are having trouble, temporarily attach a piece of tape to the cable to help you guide the cable into the socket.

  12. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • If present, remove the small strip of black tape covering the keyboard backlight cable socket.

  13. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard backlight ribbon cable ZIF socket.

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the keyboard backlight ribbon cable out of its socket.

  14. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the sleep sensor/battery indicator connector up from its socket on the logic board.

  15. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • Grab the plastic pull tab secured to the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer.

    • Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket on the logic board.

    • Do not lift up on the display data cable, as its socket is very fragile. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.

  16. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following nine screws:

    • Five 3.6 mm T6 Torx screws

    • Two 4.3 mm T6 Torx screws

    • Two 7.2 mm T6 Torx screws

    • In some models the screws may be slightly shorter as follows:

    • Five 3.0 mm T6 screws

    • Two 3.6 mm T6 screws

    • Two 6.7 mm T6 screws

  17. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the following two screws:

    • One 8.6 mm Phillips screw

    • One 5.5 mm Phillips screw

    • Remove the display data cable retainer from the upper case.

  18. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Use the tip of a spudger to gently peel the microphone off the adhesive securing it to the upper case.

  19. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Minding the many connectors near its edges, lift the logic board from the end nearest the optical drive.

    • Without flexing the board, maneuver it out of the upper case, minding the flexible connection to the DC-In board that may get caught in the upper case.

    • Remove the logic board.

  20. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement, Left Speaker: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • De-route the microphone cable from its slot molded into the left speaker enclosure.

  21. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the small piece of black tape covering the left speaker connector.

  22. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left speaker connector up from its socket on the logic board.

    • Pry up from beneath the wires.

  23. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully pry the left speaker off the foam adhesive securing it to the logic board.

    • Remove the left speaker.

  24. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement, Logic Board: step 24, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the piece of black tape covering the microphone connector.

  25. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 25, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the microphone cable upward to lift its connector out of the socket on the logic board.

    • Remove the microphone.

  26. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the MagSafe DC-In board cable toward the heat sink to disconnect it from the logic board.

    • Remove the DC-in board.

  27. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the three 8.4 mm #1 Phillips screws securing the heat sink to the logic board.

    • Don't lose the springs held under each of the screws.

    • Carefully remove the heat sink from the processor.

    • If the heat sink seems to be stuck, it may be helpful to gently pry it off the processor with a plastic spudger. Be careful not to break any surface mount components on the processor while prying.

    • Be sure to clean off the old thermal paste and apply a new layer before you reinstall the heat sink. We have a guide that makes it easy.

  28. MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2012 Logic Board Replacement: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the two RAM retaining arms away from the center of the RAM chip.

    • The RAM chip should "pop" up slightly from its socket.

    • Pull the RAM stick out of its socket.

    • Repeat this process to remove the second RAM chip.

    • Logic board remains.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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I decided to take out the logic board because I had a water problem. As you can problably guess all the componentes from both sides of the board, near the ventilation, were dirty with some green and white stuff so I cleand it all up with isopropilic alcohol. I assembeled it buck up and it turns on but it doesnt run the osx, screen doesnt turn on, you cant hear the welcome sound every time you turn on a mac and the only thing you can hear is the fan spinning faster and faster until it reaches its top speed and it stays like that. what can I do to fix it??

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Three years later, the answer is that you need to reset your SMC.

ROBOLOBO -

is it possible to assemble the laptop completely without the unibody enclosure?

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Yes you can, but it would be unsafe for the macbook

Ryan -

Thanks for this!

Yesterday I embarked upon replacing the keyboard in mine for the 2nd time, and ripped out one of the connectors! After pouring over schematics, the board layout, etc. this guide told me exactly what connector it was; the webcam! This means I won’t be replacing it, since I run Linux the webcam drivers would not work anyway. This saves me a massive headache, microsoldering (Louise Rossman style) and probably breaking more things.

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