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Can I use a MacBook A1181 Magsafe dc instead of an A1342?

I have a MacBook Unibody Model A1342 with what I think is a broken Magsafe DC. I think it is the Magsafe because when I connect it to the charger it will not light up or anything and even if the battery was dead the computer should still power up when I have the charger connected. I have a friend who is willing to give me their old MacBook Model A1181 and I want to replace the Magsafe of the A1342 with the A1181. When I looked up the A1181 Magsafe DC I found it looks the same but the A1181 Magsafe doesn't have two holes for screws. So if I found a way to hold down the Magsafe would it be fine just to use the A1181 Magsafe for the A1342?

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Yes you can use a A1181 DCin board to troubleshoot A1342, A1278, A1286 and many other logic boards but you wont be able to install it in any of theses machines cases without bottom case modification and this could be a big hassle for à $10 part in the used market.

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When I look online mainly ebay I can't find the dc Magsafe that isn't truly used to a point that causes me doubt or at a reasonable price. Also could you clarify ? Are you saying that I could use the A1181 dc Magsafe for the A1342 but it would be a question of securing in place?


yes, form factor. They all use the same pins out but they are physically differents, the DCin two screws holes wont align with the case holes and of often they also wont align in the case port. So to fit in the case you need the good part number.

I buy the DCin boards from Alibaba, Aliexpress directly from China where they are produced (that's probably where ebay sellers bought these and triple the selling price). Last purchase I got a couple of A1278 ones for $6 USD each and free shipping (could wait awhile to get it). Just do a search on theses sites using the part number needed or the part description.


Yes, it offers the same connections to the logic board. If you want to test out your system you could give it a try, but the correct part is best here.


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Your system (A1342) - MagSafe Board 922-9176

Your friends (A1181) - MagSafe DC-In Board 922-8268

As you can see they are very different parts. Follow this IFIXIT guide: MacBook Unibody Model A1342 MagSafe Board Replacement

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