Is another MagSafe DC-In Board compatible with this MacBook?
But I have access to a used one of these: MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2009 to Mid 2012) MagSafe DC-In Board
How similar are they? Can I replace the 820-2361-02 with a 820-2565-A?
Connects wall adapter power to logic board. — 8 available at 44.95 each.
Connects wall adapter power to logic board. Compatible with all Mid 2009 15" Unibody MacBook Pros, all Mid 2010 15" Unibody MacBook Pros, all Early 2011 15" Unibody MacBook Pros, all Late 2011 15" Unibody MacBook Pros, all Mid 2012 15" Unibody MacBook Pro — 2 available at 34.95 each.
I know this is an old issue, but I had the same scenario just occur: I had an 820-2361-A (identical to the 820-2361-02) that I wanted to replace with an 820-2565-A.
I did find as well that one of the screw-holes did not line up, but the other did. I tightened that one as best as I could by hand, crossed my fingers and plugged it in. Sure enough it seems to be working fine!
Just another data point. My:
17" Unibody MacBookPro8,3 Early 2011, Model A1297
requires the DC-IN board: 820-2361-A
Amazon sent the 'Power Jack Board 820-2565-A' by mistake. The second hole is off by about 2mm, and thus not possible to secure with the second screw. Chip and layout looked identical (but no way to know). Under deadline pressure, I proceeded with the install. Fixed and booted. So far so good. At first was concerned about DC-IN board rotating, but the pull of the magnetic connector does not apply inward pressure to the board.