Here goes nothing. Wish me luck! 🤞

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First cell: done. Or at least it lifts now.

Ugh why does Apple have a fetish on adhesives

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Second cell: done. Now to repeat this step with the other side. Fun.

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The other two are now separated as well. So far no signs of imminent explosions.

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Finally removed the two cells from the middle.

This MacBook Pro is free from its batteries. For now.

Time to clean up the rest of the adhesive I guess?

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Just installed an ad-blocker to get rid of the excess ad(hesive)s. Tried my best there, seems to be okay. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Okay, time for the final steps.

Adhering the new battery.

Positioning it was easier than I had expected.

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Everything is connected again and back where it was. Now it’s time for the final test...

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After one year of a not-working battery controller, my MacBook finally can run on battery power alone again.

I’m so happy this actually worked and I didn’t fuck up anything. Both speakers, the trackpad, keyboard, and the battery work flawless.

Worth it.

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And the CPU is no longer throttled to 500MHz (as previously mentioned here:

Now everything is fun again \o/

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@nilsding All this thread reminds me of is how my mid-2012 Unibody MBP (with matte finish screen, natch) is literally the last halfway decent Mac laptop they ever made, or likely ever will make at this rate.

Some bullshit screws, aaaand done:

(see also - want moar RAM? delicious SO-DIMM slot: )

(hard drive? no problem: )

@kithop I sadly(?) got a bit too late in the Mac game to experience those models, but yeah... repairability (and extending it) only goes downhill from there. At least this 2015 MacBook Pro has a removable SSD. Anything else? Glued or soldered on board. Sigh.

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@nilsding I was exposed to Macs all growing up, because we had some old Mac Classics and 4-colour LCs running System 7 in elementary school, and then early OS X machines (original iMac + eMac + PowerMac G3 + G4 towers) in the high school media arts lab.

My first Mac was a 700MHz iBook G3 (white - not the toilet seat) that could dual-boot MacOS 9 and OS X ... 10.3 or 10.4 I think? Before the GPU desoldered itself (like many of them did).

Desktop Linux back then suuucked

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@nilsding I remember getting into FreeBSD in high school because it was different (one of our 'Computer Management' classes, I actually used it instead of the provided Win2K on some old Pentium machines to make a working web + file server), and OS X was just FreeBSD with the Mac desktop on it, right? (I didn't learn of the NeXT lineage until later)

This kind of advertising worked on me:

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@nilsding So after my experience with the iBook (I brought it to some of my classes, wrote essays and homework on it - even Japanese! I still had to hand-write my exams but my teacher was thrilled otherwise with it), my now-ex and I shared one of the early Intel CoreDuo iMacs when we moved out together, and after lusting over the PowerMac G5 for years (had one at work), got a Mac Pro. That was my baby for a long time.

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@nilsding I ended up actually doing some kind of trade-in with the local Apple reseller (this is before Apple Stores existed, at least here in Canada - it was either MacStation or Simply Computing), got the 2nd gen Mac Pro tower, and then a 3rd party video card (GeForce GTX 2... 80? I think? It had to have a special Mac firmware).

I ended up getting this MBP to use for on-the-go recording, and sold that Mac Pro (sans now-fried GPU) to a local friend.

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@nilsding That Mac Pro, pre-trashcan, is probably the greatest desktop they ever made. Dual-socket Xeon workstation board that was just a *pleasure* to open up and work in - the 4 hard drive bays were rails with a SATA backplane - no cabling. The DVD burner was a standard SATA model. Video and other cards were just PCI Express. Basically just a really good PC workstation that happened to be a Mac (and weigh fifty bajillion tons).

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@nilsding ...then, riding high on the iPhone, post-iPod, they renamed themselves from 'Apple Computer' to 'Apple, Inc.' and it all went downhill from there. ;(

So yeah, I keep this MBP because it's still a decent laptop (shittastic GPU choice aside - Apple always picks horribly underpowered GPUs), and CoreAudio is amazing compared to ASIO/PulseAudio/JACK/etc. for Pro Tools. It's literally mainly for Pro Tools, now.

Desktop Linux got a lot better, so my desktop is a PC.

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@kithop Oh yeah. Since I switched to Linux I really do not enjoy having to deal with all of those audio daemons and whatnot now... currently using Renoise in Wine because I couldn’t get the Linux version of it to work smoothly with PulseAudio side-by-side. (There are some workarounds, but... meh :/)

@nilsding gosh, you have one of the last decent MBPs. They're a dying breed

@pico Yeah I was quite lucky to get that one instead of a newer model. The new ones were announced like two months after I got mine

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