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I poped off my iSight camera connector from my logic board...fix?

So, I got a new logic board, and somehow managed to pop off the iSight camera connector from the logic board. So, I have to

A: Be extremely careful in the future about connectors

B: Turn to the iFixit community for help...

So, are there any technicians out there who have helped dumb @%^!* like me out of a jam like this? (Or any dumb @%^!* like me who managed to fix it themselves?)


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Don't feel too bad, chances are the "new" logic board you received was refurbished, and they may have badly soldered the camera connector onto the board if replaced previously.

To fix this, you will need to solder on a new one. This depends on whether the solder pads on the logic board have been ripped off as well, or not (otherwise you will have to run wires). I have not managed to find this connector online before, so whenever I replace it, I have to remove it from a dead board and transfer it across.

If you have no equipment or experience to microsolder, I would highly recommend sending it somewhere. If you do, first try to add solder to the board where the connector got ripped off, to see if the pads are present or not.

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Would you have a place in mind that I look into? Or an article or tutorial on how to do this? I've worked with solder before, but would only be comfortable working on this connector if I have a guide on how to do it, basically saying that I'm not messing up.


@goaliescottie no tutorials specific to replacing this connector I'm afraid. I would firstly see if all pads are present and accept solder (or send a picture across so I can check). You will then need a decent hot air station and a dead board, so you can heat underneath the board enough to remove the connector (not directly on the connector, or you'll melt the plastic in the connector). Then you just line it up and solder the pins on your board.

With recommending places, it depends on where you are based. If you are in the UK, check out my profile.


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