Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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I suspect there's a problem with the microphone cable.

I just noticed today -while on a Skype call- some static sound registering while using the build-in microphone of my MacBook. I installed LineIn (in order to have some microphone pass-through) and found out that while tilting the display, the static was becoming worse or disappearing altogether on certain angles. Hence, I am suspecting damage at the microphone cable.

Is there any way of fixing this issue, without taking the whole computer apart?

Also, the static seems digital in texture; is there a chance it's not the cable, but something else? Mind you, did all software/firmware tricks I could think of.

I could also attach a recording of the issue.

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So, in case I will have to replace the microphone cable, is there a specific part number available for the microphone cable (I cannot find a replacement cable on ifixit), or am I out of luck in fixing it myself and I should send the MacBook for service?

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From what you are describing, this definitely sounds like a hardware problem. Unfortunately, if it is a non functioning cable issue, you will likely have to take it apart.

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You'll have to open the MacBook and check the microphone cable connections to the logic board and to the iSight camera. Here's a replacement kit you can buy for cheap if the cable is damaged:

http://cgi.ebay.com/MacBook-A1181-13-3-i...

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I did not. After a few days, the issue seems to have resolved itself, although I am sure it will eventually reappear...

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My microphone has never worked. mid-2007 Macbook. I brought it to the AppleStore in February 2013, and am told that the microphone cable #922-7888 is "split". $7.95 part $39 hardware repair labor. I do not know how a microphone cable splits, other than Apple damaged it when they replaced the splitting plastic on the lower case a few years ago.

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