Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Sleepy when top cover connected?

Hey all,

I have got a very odd issue with my macbook!

History:

Initially it started freezing, I suspected that it was overheating so I disassembled it, cleaned dust, cleared old dry compound and applied new arctic silver. Fired it up and all seemed well.

Now:

After I finished fixing it back together I powered it up and the screen blinked and went off. You can see the display as its booting in certain light, just no back light and then it just enters sleep / stand by as soon as the os has booted.

I thought I had possibly snagged the inverter cable on the way through so I went back in and tested the points. Seemed fine, so I powered it up - without the keyboard (top case) attached and it was fine!.

Put it back together and still no screen light and entering sleep mode non stop. What?! At this point I discovered that if I remove the top cover flex cable there is no problem with the backlight or sleep mode.

So I purchased a new flex cable, went on holiday, came back and installed new flex cable and its exactly the same behaviour.

Here is the run down:

with keyboard flex cable connected: power works, keyboard keys works (testing in the seconds available before it enters sleep mode). Mouse Pad works. Mouse button doesnt seem to work. Power and all other function keys work.

when in sleep mode, removal of the flex cable automatically wakes the macbook up and the screen remains on and lit. USB mouse and Keyboard work fine, can put macbook to sleep and wake it up fine.

disconnection of the lid (reed?) sensor doesnt change anything at all.

I have reset the PRAM and SMC with the boot up hot keys. No difference.

I can't think of what I should be looking for now?

My guess is that a new top case might solve this? But why did it go wrong it the first place I have no idea?.

I cant get my head around "Why does the top case have ANYTHING to do with sleep mode??"

Suggestions? Thanks very much!

Macbook details:

Black Macbook 2,1

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0ghz

SMC version: 1.13f3

Serial: W8717031WGM

Model: A1181

13" Screen

The flex cable on my laptop is silver, and the keyboard has the number: 613-6695 DD#2 - so I did a search for top cases and there is also a version which has a brown/orange flex cable. Would this top case be compatible too?

Cheers

Chris.

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Hi Mayer,

thanks for the response, I feel that while that might fix the trackpad button I doubt it will fix the automatic (non stop) sleeping which is happening? or do you think that is related?

the trouble I have is that when the flex cable from the top case is connected the laptop enters sleep/standby mode non stop; if I wake it up it sleeps again.

When the top case is connected the back light will NOT come back on at all.

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For the price "We Love Macs" sell their refurbished "MacBook Touch Click Pad Click Module" ($30) you could surely find a whole functional used top case on eBay so if the top case (or the Touch Click Pad Click Module) is the problem then buying a replacement top case is a safer way to troubleshoot the issue.

http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_from=R40&_t...

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I'm not certain the OP will find his particular top case for $30 but would agree replacing the top case should eliminate his problem. +

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Try replacing the Touch Click Pad Click Module first: http://www.welovemacs.com/8210461a.html

Next hook it up to an external monitor and see what you get.

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Hi Mayer, thanks for the response, I feel that while that might fix the trackpad button I doubt it will fix the automatic (non stop) sleeping which is happening? or do you think that is related?

The trouble I have is that when the flex cable from the top case is connected the laptop enters sleep/standby mode non stop; if I wake it up it immediately sleeps again. When the top case is connected the back light will NOT come back on at all. (everything works when the top case is disconnected and usb is used instead)

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When faced with multiple problems, I try to first fix what I know is wrong and that I can repair. Many times other seemingly unrelated problems disappear.

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Replacing the top case won't eliminate the problem because the problem is with a certain area in logic board.

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