Solution for bent pins in battery connector (on logic board)?
I have a A1286 2.66GHz 15" Unibody MacBook Pro (Mid-2010). While replacing the battery, I guess I seated the connector at a bit of an angle, and I severely bent the right-most pin (#9).
I tried to straighten it with a couple of screwdrivers (and did get it to stand upright again), but since the pin had folded over onto itself, there's a weak spot in the middle that causes it to bend again if I try to plug in a battery.
I took it to Apple, and (of course) they say I need a new logic board. I'm not so sure...
I found a diagram in another thread on this site that says the battery pinout is as follows:
Assuming this is correct, the one I bent is a ground pin. Now, on to my questions:
1. Could I simply break the pin off and plug in the battery with only 8 pins connected? It's one of 3 ground pins, and I'm thinking there might be some redundancy there.
2. If No to #1, would it be possible to harvest a battery connector (I'll make sure it's the same connector) from another MBP logic board and solder it onto mine? I don't have experience soldering, but since Apple says the logic board is shot anyway, I'm willing to try.
Side question: Will the laptop work under wall power with the battery removed? I'm guessing so, but I haven't tried to boot it up yet and don't want to damage anything.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Is this a good question?