Mid 2006 / model number A1181 / black or white case / 1.83 or 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor.

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USB ports not making proper contact.

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My USB ports are giving trouble, I have to wiggle them constantly for it to make contact. It's getting worse, now I have to keep something like a flash drive beneath it to hold it in position.

I've opened it to check for a problem with the soldering, but it seems OK. I think it might be the female connector itself. Can I replace it, if yes, does anyone know the part name/number I can use?

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The USB ports are integrated to the logic board and can't be replaced. Well a good tech could desolder them and install new ones but it's not a newbie job. Your ports seems to have a deformation and are probably wider than they should be that's why the connector isn't tight-fitting. Try to use tweezers to compress the port walls and check if there's corrosion on the four internal connector pins. Use a small jeweller flat head screwdriver to clean the pins. Before doing this, power off the machine, take off the AC adapter and the battery.

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Hi, thanks for your answer. I'll try what you've suggested. I am capable of soldering new connectors myself, its just the part that I need.

So, if I come right with bending the pins or walls, great! If not I'll resort to plan B.

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There are six pins to desolder on each USB female port to take it off. Two pins that retain the connector to the board and four pins for the in/out data transfers and ground. You will need a iron solder with a tiny tip cause that's a micro soldering stuff. Before doing this job to your MacBook logic board you should experiment the technic on a dead board. As I said before it's not a newbie job and you don't want to damage your logic board don't you ?

Here's a link to order the USB port(s):

http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSear...

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nice work on finding those ports +

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Thanks, I've got lots of experience with soldering, so I'm pretty confident.

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