MacBook Air 13" Late 2010 I/O Board Cable Replacement

Replace the I/O board cable on your MacBook Air 13" Late 2010.

Use this guide to remove your MacBook Air's I/O board cable.

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Before proceeding, close your computer and lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

  • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 9 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 2.6 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

  • The special screwdriver needed to remove the eight 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

  • For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge. This step is optional and is not required.

  • Grab the clear plastic pull tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the Air to disconnect the battery from the logic board.

  • Do not lift upward on the connector as you disconnect it.

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Edit Step 4 I/O Board Cable  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the I/O board cable connector upward out of its socket on the I/O board.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • The following connector has an especially deep socket. Use care when disconnecting it.

  • Carefully peel the I/O board cable from the top of the fan.

  • While gently pulling the I/O board cable upward near its connection to the logic board, use the tip of a spudger to pry upward on alternating sides of the connector to help "walk" it out of its socket.

  • Remove the I/O board cable.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the MacBook Air 13" Late 2010 device page.

Required Tools

Spudger

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

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