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MacBook Santa Rosa/Penryn Inverter Cable

$19.95

Product code: IF186-078-1
Apple Part #: 922-8281

Product Overview

The first step to fixing pesky inverter issues.

  • Connects the logic board to the display inverter.
  • Only compatible with newer Santa Rosa and Penryn machines.

Before ordering a new inverter cable, be sure you are buying one with the correct connector for your machine. This Santa Rosa/Penryn inverter cable has a much slimmer three-wall connector on the side that connects to the logic board. The Core Duo/Core 2 Duo inverter cable can be found here.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • 2.0 (Santa Rosa) or 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBooks
  • 2.1 or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBooks
  • 2 or 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBooks (Early/Mid 2009)

Product Details

  $19.95

 
 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

Warranty:

6 month warranty

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Compatibility

MacBook Core 2 Duo
2 GHz (Early 2009)
2 GHz (Santa Rosa)
2.1 GHz (Penryn)
2.13 GHz (Mid 2009)
2.2 GHz (Santa Rosa)
2.4 GHz (Penryn)
 

Stories

My Problem

Display was dark

My Fix

Worked very good

My Advice

No

My Problem

Sie liebt ihr MacBook heiß und innig. Dann hat es langsam aber sicher eine Macke entwickelt. Über Wochen wurde der Bildschirm immer öfter dunkel. Am Anfang half es, am Deckel zu ruckeln, ihn ein wenig weiter zu oder auf zu klappen. Aber irgendwann war es vorbei - der Bildschirm blieb dunkel…

My Fix

Mit dem Toolkit und der Anleitung von fixit war die Reparatur kein Problem.

My Advice

Den folgenden Tipp habe ich bisher hier noch nicht gesehen. Deshalb möchte ich ihn teilen:

Bei allen Arbeiten mit kleinen Teile oder Schrauben können die schneller verschwinden als man gucken kann. Deshalb lege ich bei diesen Arbeiten ein weißes Küchenhandtuch auf den Tisch (ein Kissenbezug tut es auch, wichtig ist, daß der Stoff !@#$, einfarbig und weich ist). Das schont das Gerät und verhindert, daß die kleinen Schrauben wegspringen.

My Problem

Things happen in runs. I had two clients with the same model Macbook, and each computer had the same problem. The two clients came to me within two days. It seems to be an unlikely coincidence, but maybe it's not.

One computer's display didn't light up at all, though the client said he could get it to light up if the lid lifted just a crack, insufficiently to read it. I couldn't even get it to do that. The other computer did display, but you had to move the lid back and forth several times. I was sure it was on its way out.

My Fix

I knew it was either the inverter or the cable in each case. It might have been both. But since the repair takes so long, I ordered an inverter and a cable for each. I didn't want to do the repair twice for either computer.

The procedure took a long time, even after practice. It took at least three hours for each computer. The hardest part was putting the plastic tabs back into the screen to make the bezel snap in. That took an hour!

The plastic Macbook is not really well made. The plastic case tends to fall apart, and so do some internal plastic pieces. It's a good thing Apple stopped making them. I find it odd that Dell and other companies know how to make a plastic laptop both durable and serviceable. The Apple is neither. Apple computers are normally very durable, but they also tend to be the hardest to service. I don't know why this is. Thank goodness for ifixit, which guides us through it all.

My Advice

Use plenty of light. Use small containers for all the little parts. I also use a digital vernier caliper to measure the lengths of the screws. The measurements I got are different from those on ifixit, so I learned to compensate by a little.

My Problem

The screen went dark whenever you'd move the LCD past 90 degrees to the base of the Macbook.

My Fix

The repair went great. Lots of wires to move and re-fold into exactly the shape they came out of, but overall not a difficult repair.

My Advice

The teardown guide was invaluable. I did not end up disassembling nearly as much as the guide indicated. Since the inverter cable is on the left side of the notebook and the optical drive, etc weren't in the way, I just gently separated the LCD assembly without taking the assembly completely off the base. That was enough clearance to easily reach the inverter and to replace the cable.

My Problem

I have a MacBook Core 2 duo A1181 black case MacBook. After checking online, I found iFixit, described the problem and determined it was likely the inverter cable or the display data cable.

My Fix

Many thanks to Matt Barnes of tech support who helped me pinpoint the problem - the inverter cable. Ordered that plus a spudger & a Phillips #0 screwdriver. With a tech minded friend, we fixed it in about 2+ hours. Your repair guides and photos were a huge help and without them the repair would have been really difficult.

My Advice

Take your time! Read the directions! Know what part goes back where. This is particularly true with fasteners. (they run away, you know!) In my case, there were many of them and some really small and easy to lose.

My Problem

I have a MacBook Core 2 duo A1181 black case MacBook. After checking online, I found iFixit, described the problem and determined it was likely the inverter cable or the display data cable.

My Fix

Many thanks to Matt Barnes of tech support who helped me pinpoint the problem - the inverter cable. Ordered that plus a spudger & a Phillips #0 screwdriver. With a tech minded friend, we fixed it in about 2+ hours. Your repair guides and photos were a huge help and without them the repair would have been really difficult.

My Advice

Take your time! Read the directions! Know what part goes back where. This is particularly true with fasteners. (they run away, you know!) In my case, there were many of them and some really small and easy to lose.

My Problem

Image on Santa Rosa macbook LCD screen turned off intermittently

My Fix

Changed inverter cable

My Advice

So sick were happy now

My Problem

After 5.5 years of intense use, the screen started to go blank at certain angles.

My Fix

I bought a new inverter cable from iFixit and followed the excellent repair guide. It took a while, but it was a success. The guide is very good.

My Advice

I was a little scared that I would accidently break the socket where the inverter connects to the motherboard. I used a needle to carefully pry out the connector. This step took me a while.

In step 18, I accidently ripped the foil in two. It is very thin and fragile.

I couldn't to step 30, because the microphone cable was stripped and connected to ground and taped together with the ground loop. This stopped me from doing step 35, but I could carry on the repair with the display still attached to the body.

Step 40: The plastic clips springs away quite far if you're unlucky.

Upon reassembly, the hardest part was to reassembly the optical drive. If it is not properly installed, it is not possible to assemble the keyboard/upper case. It took me several tries to get this right.

In step 6 I stripped one of the screws, because I didn't notice that they were not all the same.

My Problem

LCD screen always turned off randomly...

My Fix

Highly involved, followed the really helpful guide for replacing inverter for the Santa Rose/ Penryn model. The process took about 3 hours with cleaning.

My Advice

You'll notice your computer may be really dusty, in the process of cleaning make sure you don't have screws attach to components and then flip them upside down...

My Problem

I took apart my macbook to replace the inverter cable and it was one of the scariest things I've ever done. However, with ifixit's great guide I was able to fix my problem and get everything put back together. Now my mac works better than ever!

My Fix

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My Advice

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