Model A1297 Unibody: Early 2009, Mid 2009, Mid 2010, Early 2011 & Late 2011

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Where are the power pads on the A1297 - Early 2011?


I have been looking for the power pads on the MacBook Pro 17" (A1297 - Early 2011) for about an hour reading topics and staring at the motherboard.

Been through some topics in this very forum.

Already look on this website:

Power pads on MacBook

I can't figure it out.

My motherboard has absolutely no text written on it. Anywhere.

Here is where the pads should be according to what I've read:

See there

Nothing ...

Thanks for help!

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Finally after re-assembly my MacBook is OK to start.

Seems like shorcut on Pin 5 is the power pads replacement on this model.


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The power-on pad for early and late 2011 17" MBP is in the attached picture.

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