MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 Subwoofer & Right Speaker Replacement
Replace the subwoofer & right speaker on your Early 2011 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody.
- Author: Walter Galan
- Difficulty: Moderate
Has the right side of your MacBook Pro gone mute? Use this guide to replace the subwoofer & right speaker assembly.
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- Lower Case 2 steps
- Battery Connector 2 steps
- Optical Drive 6 steps
- Subwoofer & Right Speaker 4 steps
For certain repairs (e.g. hard drive), disconnecting the battery connector is not necessary but it prevents any accidental shorting of electronics on the motherboard. If you do not disconnect the battery connector, please be careful as parts of the motherboard might be electrified.
Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.
It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket.
Remove following two screws:
Take care, as these screws are unusually easy to strip. Apply firm pressure while unscrewing. Read comments on the right before proceeding.
One 8.6 mm Phillips screw
One 3.9 mm Phillips screw
Carefully rotate the AirPort/Bluetooth board housing (with AirPort/Antenna cables still attached) out of the lower case.