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Macbook Pro Sleep/Wake + missing RAM solution

Macbook Pro RAM Module

24 May Macbook Pro Sleep/Wake + missing RAM solution

When I’m on the road I use a Mid 2010 13″ Macbook Pro. I bought it new and I’ve travelled with it extensively. Several months ago I started having issues getting it to wake from sleep (which caused me to lose work) and 50% of the time the RAM didn’t fully load. I am out of warranty and I don’t want to upgrade so I started looking for solutions. Heres how I fixed my machine.

Symptoms:
– Macbook Pro boots but only recognises 4GB of RAM
– Occasionally Macbook Pro boots but only displays a grey screen
– Macbook Pro does not wake from sleep mode

Solutions tested:
– RAM fault tested and passed
– OSX Mavericks reinstalled
– Moved from HDD to SSD
– Logicboard removed, cleaned with compressed air
– Thermal paste applied

Problem:
There are four screws that hold your RAM in place. These four screws connect directly with the logic board. Over time thermal expansion and contraction of the logic board causes an unnoticeable warp in the board. This pulls the RAM module closer to logicboard and no longer caters for the thermal expansion. All you need to do is:

Solution:
1. Open your Macbook Pro. I used a PH00 SHCM 2.0
2. Go to the RAM module
3. You will notice that the screws are quite stiff so slightly loosen them (you need to be careful here that you dont damage the logicboard)
4. Close up your machine

 

 

Macbook Pro Tools 2.0

Macbook Pro Tools 2.0A PH00 SHCM resting on the underside of the Mid 2010 Macbook Pro 13″

 

Macbook Pro 2010 Logic Board

The Logic Board and internal components

 

Macbook Pro RAM Module

The RAM module and the surrounding x4 screws

 

Disclaimer:
I did this because my machine is out of warranty and my only other option was a Logic Board replacement. A new Logic board is about the price of a new machine so I’m happy I isolated a solution. I cant assume any responsibility if you damage your machine, this is a technical solution and if you don’t know what you are doing you could short the battery and fry the logic board.

Final thoughts:
I’m happy found the root cause of the problem. I hope this solution saves you time and money repairing your machine. If you have questions please feel free to post in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer. Oh, if I saved you a few bucks why not tip me a few bitcoins.

  • Just Atest

    This is a great help. Can you tell me though where can I get the screwdriver?