MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 Display Assembly Replacement

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Replace the I/O board cable on your Mid 2011 MacBook Air 11".

Use this guide to replace a cracked or broken display.

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Shut down and close your computer. Lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

  • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Two 8 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • Eight 2.5 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

  • The special screwdriver needed to remove the 5-point Pentalobe screwdrivers can be found here.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

  • In this step you will disconnect the battery to help avoid shorting out any components during service.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both short sides of the battery connector upward to disconnect it from its socket on the logic board.

  • Bend the battery cable slightly away from the logic board so the connector will not accidentally contact its socket.

Edit Step 4 Solid-State Drive  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 Solid-State Drive  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the SSD to the logic board.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to help lift the free end of the SSD just enough to grab it with your other hand.

  • Do not lift the end of the SSD excessively.

  • Pull the drive straight out of its socket and remove it from the logic board.

  • When reinstalling the SSD, be sure it is properly seated before reinstalling its retaining screw.

Edit Step 6 I/O Board Cable  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6 I/O Board Cable  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the I/O board cable up from its socket on the I/O board.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Peel the I/O board cable up from the adhesive securing it to the fan.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the I/O board connector up and out of its socket on the logic board

  • Be sure to lift straight up on the connector as you disconnect it from its socket. The socket is very deep on the logic board and prying it from side to side may damage the logic board

  • Remove the I/O board cable.

Edit Step 9 Fan  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9 Fan  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the fan cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Remove the following three screws securing the fan to the upper case:

    • Two 5.2 mm T5 Torx screws

    • One 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Lift the fan out of the upper case and carefully pull the fan ribbon cable out of its socket as you remove it from the Air.

Edit Step 12 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12 Battery  ¶ 

  • Remove the following five screws securing the battery to the upper case:

    • Two 5.2 mm T5 Torx screws

    • One 6 mm T5 Torx screw

    • Two 2.6 mm T5 Torx screws

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Do not touch or squeeze the six lithium polymer cells when handling the battery.

  • Lift the battery from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the upper case.

Edit Step 14 Logic Board  ¶ 

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Edit Step 14 Logic Board  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to free the adhesive loop securing the I/O board power cable to the upper case.

  • Disconnect the I/O board by pulling the power cable away from its socket on the logic board.

  • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board toward the front edge of the Air.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the retaining flap on the keyboard backlight ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the keyboard backlight ribbon cable out of its socket.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the trackpad ribbon cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the trackpad ribbon cable straight out of its socket toward the front edge of the Air.

Edit Step 17  ¶ 

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to de-route the right speaker cable from the slot cut into the logic board.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

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Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right speaker cable connector up and out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Pry up from beneath the cables.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Gently push the tip of a spudger under the black plastic flap stuck to the display data cable lock to make the lock pop upward and away from the socket.

  • Remove the small rubber gasket from the corner of the upper case near the display data cable.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

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Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • While holding the lock away from the socket, gently pull the display data cable out of its socket.

  • Do not pull upward on the display data cable as you disconnect it, as its socket may break off the logic board.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

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Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both antenna cable connectors up and off their sockets on the AirPort/Bluetooth card.

Edit Step 22  ¶ 

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Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • Gently de-route the antenna cables from the slot cut into the logic board.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

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Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Remove the three 3.6 mm T5 Torx screws securing the logic board to the upper case.

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

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Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Gently lift the logic board assembly out of the upper case, minding the fragile heat sink and any cables that may get caught.

Edit Step 25 Display Assembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 25 Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • Remove the small rubber gasket from the corner of the upper case nearest the I/O board.

Edit Step 26  ¶ 

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Edit Step 26  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to carefully flip up the retaining flap on the microphone cable ZIF socket.

  • Be sure you are prying up on the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the microphone ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

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Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • De-route the left speaker cable from the notch cut into the I/O board.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the left speaker cable connector up and out of its socket on the I/O board.

  • Pry up from beneath the wires.

Edit Step 28  ¶ 

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Edit Step 28  ¶ 

  • Pull the camera cable parallel to the face of the I/O board toward the rear edge of the Air to disconnect it from its socket.

  • Do not lift upward on this cable as you disconnect it, as its socket may break off the logic board.

Edit Step 29  ¶ 

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Edit Step 29  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 3.6 mm T5 Torx screw securing the I/O board to the upper case.

Edit Step 30  ¶ 

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Edit Step 30  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the I/O board from its edge nearest the logic board and remove it from the upper case.

Edit Step 31  ¶ 

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Edit Step 31  ¶ 

  • Peel up the six cable loops securing the antenna cables to the upper case.

  • Gently pull the cable loops slightly out of the channel cut into the upper case one at a time.

  • Use your spudger to open up the plastic loops as you de-route the antenna cables through them.

  • Repeat this for all of the retaining loops.

Edit Step 32  ¶ 

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Edit Step 32  ¶ 

  • Remove the inner 4.9 mm T8 Torx screw securing each display hinge to the upper case (two screws total).

Edit Step 33  ¶ 

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Edit Step 33  ¶ 

  • Open the display until it is perpendicular to the upper case and place it on a table as shown.

  • While holding the Air steady, remove the remaining 4.9 mm T8 Torx screw from the lower display bracket.

Edit Step 34  ¶ 

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Edit Step 34  ¶ 

  • Before removing the last display screw, be sure to hold the display and upper case steady with your other hand. Failure to do so may allow the components to fall onto the table, causing potentially expensive damage.

  • Remove the last 4.9 mm T8 Torx screw securing the display to the upper case.

Edit Step 35  ¶ 

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Edit Step 35  ¶ 

  • Push the upper case slightly toward the display assembly, then rotate it away from the front of the display assembly.

  • Once the two display hinges have cleared the upper case, remove the display and set it aside.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the MacBook Air 11" Mid 2011 device page.

Required Tools

Spudger

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

T5 Torx Screwdriver

$5.95 · 50+ In stock

TR8 Torx Security Screwdriver

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

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Thanks a lot for this guide! My daughter wrecked the display on my Macbook Air. I have never done any repairs on a notebook before, but I ordered the new display assembly and the toolkit and went ahead anyways.

When I saw my Macbook Air in pieces before me, I had my doubts that it would ever work again, but placing the last screw and then pressing the power button, it just worked!

Thanks again!

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