Help finding the right part for bluetooth board replacement
I have a mid 2012 unibody macbook pro, 13". Model A 1278, model identifier MacBookPro9,2 2.5Ghz Intel core i5. And it says Mid 2012 when I display system info. So I am as sure of the model as I can be, but of course, if someone has a doubt or something I should check to be sure, fire away and ask.
I need to replace the bluetooth board because of low signal.
I checked the repair guides and the parts I needed to order were listed on this page:
The guide clearly shows a two part bluetooth board. A bracket and the electronics on a separate, smaller board. I ordered both and received them a couple of days ago. Today I decided it was time to do the repair and I proceeded according to instructions. All went well until near the end when I was surprised to see that my macbook has a single piece bluetooth board. I.e. the bracket and the electronics are in one assembly. no screws to take it apart. just one assembly.
I would have tried replacing the single piece board with the bracket and electronics pieces that I received, but I would have needed 3 screws which I don't have. And they are tiny things that are hard to find at your local hardware store.
One more piece of relevant info. My computer was refurbished by Apple. So it's possible they "upgraded" the bluetooth board when the refurbished, which may explain the discrepancy between the guide and what is actually in my macbook.
Anyway, some questions:
1) can I use the bracket and electronics I received from ifixit and if so, where can I order the 3 screws I would need?
2) If I can't use them, can anyone tell me which parts I should be using? (and which guide i.e. what model macbook pro would lead me to the right instructions)
3) The instructions have you pull off the tape over the bluetooth connector, but no replacement tape comes with the parts. I managed to get the tape back on when I reassembled the macbook (using the original parts), but I don't think it will survive another removal. What type of tape do I need to get to replace the tape I'm taking off?
I think that's about it, if you need more info, ask away, I'll try to answer to the best of my ability.
Is this a good question?