Released October 2008 / 2.4, 2.53, 2.66, 2.8 or 2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor

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WifI / Bluetooth / iSight Not Working

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After a Coffee spill I have managed to get my Macbook Pro Late 2008 Unibody A1286 running again, in fact I am typing this on it. The keyboard is kaput so I am using a USB PC Kbd. The Trackpad was playing up but since I disconnected the Built in Kbd it seems OK (phew).

Anyway since I got the Mac flashed up again using the pin short out on the Logic Board the iSight / WiFi and Bluetooth are missing (No Hardware Installed Message)

Could these items have been damaged due to the Coffee spill, the Coffee went no where near the black strip under the screen where they are connected (at least I don't think they did? But I did have immense trouble re-connecting the WifI / Bluetooth connector to the Logic Board.

If I am correct its the one located near the Optical Drive and it has some sort of small plastic piece next to it that prevents you from being able to slot it straight in, what is that annoying thing (its moves).

I will take another look at the cable and also now I think I know how to get at the other end of the cable itself I'll have a look at that too.

In the mean time any help would be great

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ok i checked the connector again and after a bit of fiddling the iSight Camera kicked in and with a little more fiddling the bluetooth fired up, i cannot however get the wifi working. One of the pins on connector is a little shorter than the rest so where i was having trouble inserting it i may have been damaged? As long as the socket on the motherboard is ok are these cables available separately?

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OK after a little more provocation with a tiny screwdriver I now have all three working (Bluetooth, iSight and WiFi) so it was the connector by the Optical Drive that was the problem!!

So all that is not functioning as far as I know is the Keyboard. I am prepared to spend £50 in the hope that I can fix it. Being an honest guy I told my Insurance Company that the damaged occurred at University and they promptly informed me that I was not covered out of the house DAMM THE SMALL PRINT!!!

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Yes - it's possible, but more likely a poor connection. The status no hardware means it can't detect a component (damaged or missing connection). Go over it again. Many problems trace back to a connector that wasn't (connecting).

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Thanks for the help

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I'm having a similar issue in that my laptop fell while It was in my back pack and now I don't have Bluetooth or camera. I was wondering , can you post any photos of the connection that you're talking about. I feel that when it dropped something may have jarred loose inside. I've lost my Bluetooth connection before in the past but I've always been able to restore it by resetting the P ram or the SMC.

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This is the connector that was the problem:

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I believe it connects Wifi, Bluetooth and iSight to the Logic Board. I made sure it was fully inserted (be careful). Held it down with some insulating tape and my Camera, Wifi and Bluetooth all now work. Now my Sound has packed up but thats the digital switch in the Audio Jack (shorted out me thinks)

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Thanks for getting back to me, so I can get at that without having to remove the display correct?

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Yes, just follow an ifixit or YouTube guide for taking the back off and you'll have access to the connector on the logic board.

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