About two weeks ago my MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013) decided to call it quits. I was writing an email. The display went blank. I connected an external monitor; nothing. I tried to cold reboot; nothing. Nothing I did could reboot it.
I took it over to iRepair India Koramanagala. They said that they would have to examine the laptop for sometime and see what might have actually gone wrong. I requested them to give me the SDD in anti-static cover before leaving the rest of it at the store. Later that evening they told me that they would have to replace the entire motherboard (with its RAM, Graphics Card and Processor). The whole thing would cost me roughly ₹45k (including GST).
I asked them to hold off on the motherboard replacement for a few days. I have had my Mac for about 6.5 years now. It has been my primary work laptop for all this time.
I thought that maybe it was time to upgrade to a newer laptop. After researching several premium laptops (XPS, Alienware, Precision, The 2018 & 19 MacBook Pro) I figured that I was probably better off sticking to my old Mac for a few more years. So I called back iRepair and requested them to continue with the motherboard repair. A week (or so later) they handed over the repaired laptop.
My reborn MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013) has a brand new motherboard, processor, graphics card and RAM. It has the good old keyboard, before Apple forced butterfly keyboard on the masses. As soon as I got back, I backed up all important data and did a clean reset; which by the way was the first clean reset in 6.5 years. So the whole machine is as good as new 🙂