Could this mac be fixed?

littlefela

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Hi this is my first time posting on this website! So my brother a year ago had a mac and book air 13inch with the i5 etc. It started to have the cpu fan run at max speeds, when checked they said that it was affected by condensation. My brother went on many trips to ski and our thought was that he was going up and he has been out a lot so much that the macbook was affected. I was thinking that I could fix it by opening the mac up and getting the motherboard and baking it. Could it work? thanks. It does turn on but is loud and programs are slowing down.
 

TMTOWTSAC

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If they diagnosed water damage then baking isn't going to fix that. From the fan noise, it does sound like there's some overheating going on. It may help a bit to address that. Unfortunately, aside from cleaning out the dust, it gets pretty complicated and risky to try to fix yourself:

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Air+13-Inch+Mid+2011+Heat+Sink+Replacement/6363

If it were me, I'd give it a try if the Macbook were already dead. Don't know that I'd want to risk it with a (semi) working model. And this isn't even ruling out some other problem caused by water damage, like an electrical issue generating the extra heat.
 

TMTOWTSAC

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If they diagnosed water damage then baking isn't going to fix that. From the fan noise, it does sound like there's some overheating going on. It may help a bit to address that. Unfortunately, aside from cleaning out the dust, it gets pretty complicated and risky to try to fix yourself:

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Air+13-Inch+Mid+2011+Heat+Sink+Replacement/6363

If it were me, I'd give it a try if the Macbook were already dead. Don't know that I'd want to risk it with a (semi) working model. And this isn't even ruling out some other problem caused by water damage, like an electrical issue generating the extra heat.
 
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