Model A1237 or A1304 / 1.6, 1.8, 1.86, or 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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USB semi-fried? And no love of airtravel!


It appears my one single solitary USB port is poopx0red and will only work partially. I suppose I should count my blessings, but what that means is that it will not properly eject discs (tried drive on alternate Airs, no problems), I cannot use a powered hub for squat, causes problems with some USB devices, and, oddly (and perhaps this is not related), the thing just DIES above 2000ft or so when flying (a pressure thing, I bet; perhaps not related). Anyway TL;DR - Can I replace the USB port myself? I have no fear of basic soldering and my warranty is definitely out (first model). Is this recommended? More importantly: Are there cheap replacement parts and will I kill my MB by attempting this (assuming I'm not an idiot)?


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I'm not sure this is the answer to your problem--it could be the logic board but this URL will take you through replacing the usb port. Ralph

MacBook Air Models A1237 and A1304 Port Hatch Assembly Replacement

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iFixit has the part in stock. Ralph

MacBook Air (Original) Port Hatch Assembly


Might be a good idea for him to check in system profiler if the USB port is showing up when it doesn't work.


Wouldn't hurt. I assumed that since it worked intermittently that it was showing up. Ralph


Nice research and links +


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