Mac was water damaged. No start up chime. Charger shows green light dimmer than when plugged in to working Macs when plugged. Battery status button on side has no effect. Won't start in safe, target disk, verbose etc modes. Removed the HDD and verified that it works fine and am cloning it before wiping, reinserting and selling.

I believe only the logic board is broken/shorted, but what can I do to check whether anything else works? Specifically if I can make sure the display is functional I assume it is of greater value.

edit: I have on hand a voltmeter and the 2011 model of the same Mac, but do not wish to potentially break that one in establishing what works on this.

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That will depend on what kind of analytical/measurement tools do you have? Oscilloscope, Volt meter ect...

Since it does not start at all and Battery is shut it could be simply the power input module. Open it and check if power is coming in and the fuse is not blown.

Is the display working: try the Target Display Mode.

Here is some how to:


Check your DCIN board.

  • I have a volt meter but no oscilloscope, where should I test the voltage? I suspect it is the DCIN as that's where most of the limited signs of water damage are visible, rubbed what was accessible with alcohol but no luck. Would it be possible to connect the display cable to the board on a newer model to see whether it's functional? Or too risky as the case screws are used for grounding?
    – Jay
    May 24, 2015 at 20:22
  • That is a NO to the monitor. As for the DCIN take a look how to access it ifixit.com/Guide/…
    – Ruskes
    May 24, 2015 at 20:41
  • Apple does not publishes the schematics, but you might find what you need here: bioshddpassword.com/?s=macbook+pro nominally the magsafe has 5 pins, the 2 outer and the middle are ground, the 2 and 4 are power.- Trace them on the DCIN board.
    – Ruskes
    May 24, 2015 at 20:58

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