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Current version by: Thom Hemler ,

Title:

Replacing the wifi cable that runs through the back of the screen

Text:

Hey guys,

I’ve done a lot of things over the years, but not this one.  I build older Macbook Pro systems for school kids , college bound, and cash challenged adults to use. I’ve got a late 2008 unibody (really 2009). I had everything restored and running great, especially with an SSD. Amazing how much speed it adds and both nVidia gfx cards mean no issues. Anyway, I notice that there was '''no Wifi or BT present''' on the system. I checked the connections and low and behold, the cable had a loose brass pin on the edge of the board connector, that eventually just fell off. I’m sure this must be the issue and can fix it with one of my salvage cables. At one point wiggling the loose pin brought BT back for a minute. The thing is, the cable is actually two cables wrapped together. One goes to the air card (easy), the other goes up behind the monitor, I’m assuming to the the iSight camera. I haven’t seen a procedure on how to replace this cable anywhere. I was hoping for some insights. Do I have to remove the screen and  unplug the iSight camera? Can I just cut the cable end off and replace it with a salvaged end that’s in good shape? I could easily buy an adapter for it, but I’d rather have it restored to its original working order. Thanks IA for any help.

Here is picture of the funky cable that shoots up the back of the monitor, and connects to the wifi card, then jumps over to the logic board.

[image|2339462]

Device:

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009

Status:

open

Accepted Answer:

+682338

Original post by: Thom Hemler ,

Title:

Replacing the wifi cable that runs through the back of the screen

Text:

Hey guys,

I’ve done a lot of things over the years, but not this one.  I build older Macbook Pro systems for school kids , college bound, and cash challenged adults to use. I’ve got a late 2008 unibody (really 2009). I had everything restored and running great, especially with an SSD. Amazing how much speed it adds and both nVidia gfx cards mean no issues. Anyway, I notice that there was '''no Wifi or BT present''' on the system. I checked the connections and low and behold, the cable had a loose brass pin on the edge of the board connector, that eventually just fell off. I’m sure this must be the issue and can fix it with one of my salvage cables. At one point wiggling the loose pin brought BT back for a minute. The thing is, the cable is actually two cables wrapped together. One goes to the air card (easy), the other goes up behind the monitor, I’m assuming to the the iSight camera. I haven’t seen a procedure on how to replace this cable anywhere. I was hoping for some insights. Do I have to remove the screen and  unplug the iSight camera? Can I just cut the cable end off and replace it with a salvaged end that’s in good shape? I could easily buy an adapter for it, but I’d rather have it restored to its original working order. Thanks IA for any help.

Here is picture of the funky cable that shoots up the back of the monitor, and connects to the wifi card, then jumps over to the logic board.

[image|2339462]

Device:

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009

Status:

open