MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 I/O Board Replacement
Replace the I/O board on your MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011. The I/O board integrates the MagSafe DC-In socket, a USB port, and the headphone jack onto one board.
- Author: Walter Galan
- Difficulty: Moderate
Use this guide to replace the I/O board to remedy a broken headphone jack, left USB port, or MagSafe DC-In socket.
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In this step you will disconnect the battery to help avoid shorting out any components during service.
Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both short sides of the battery connector upward to disconnect it from its socket on the logic board.
Bend the battery cable slightly away from the logic board so the connector will not accidentally contact its socket.
Use a spudger to help lift the free end of the SSD just enough to grab it with your other hand.
Do not lift the end of the SSD excessively.
Pull the drive straight out of its socket and remove it from the logic board.
When reinstalling the SSD, be sure it is properly seated before reinstalling its retaining screw.
Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the I/O board connector up and out of its socket on the logic board
Be sure to lift straight up on the connector as you disconnect it from its socket. The socket is very deep on the logic board and prying it from side to side may damage the logic board
Remove the I/O board cable.
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