Grab the plastic pull tab secured to the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer.
  • Grab the plastic pull tab secured to the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer.

  • Gently pull the display data cable connector away parallel to the board.

    • Do not pull the connector upwards, or you may damage the connector.

On my system the pad on top of the connector was shifted making the bracket difficult to rotate into the up position. The bracket looks like a handle so my first instinct was to pull it straight up. Big mistake. I ended up popping the brass guard off the connector on the logic board. The instructions could benefit from an arrow indicating the direction to pull and rotation of the bracket.

highnoontoday - Reply

The same thing happened to me. What did you do when you reassembled? thx Alan

Alan Schwartz -

Everything went fine, but now I cannot get the connector back - it seems that I'm doing everything in reverse order, but i doesn't fit

Alexei Zoubov - Reply

I have break the connector trying to remove it to fast. Can I fix it by myself ?

darkelek - Reply

Remove the following two screws securing the display data cable bracket to the upper case:
  • Remove the following two screws securing the display data cable bracket to the upper case:

    • One 8.6 mm Phillips

    • One 5.6 mm Phillips

  • Lift the display data cable bracket out of the upper case.

The 8.6mm screw is stripped, what to do now?

mwmouawad - Reply

Same problem here but with the 5.6 mm one. In fact, that screw was slightly different from a phillips, it seems a tiny torq-set screw. Is that possible? Anyone else had a similar problem? I stripped it out using a phillips 00 that worked perfectly removing all the other phillips screws...

Blackwood - Reply

Did you solve the stripping problem? I stripped the 5.6.

Buzzy - Reply

the other guides call the same screws 7mm and 5mm. please say which one is correct

garegin - Reply

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the subwoofer and right speaker connector up off the logic board.

How does this thing reconnect? there are no visible clips, hooks, pins, nothing. Adhesive?

Ben Flemming - Reply

Push it straight down. It should snap in.

BobG - Reply

My subwoofer connector cam off the logic board. I guess I’ll see if there is no issue putting it back together with a working sub woofer

Greg Zulli - Reply

Haha on the picture the person broke it! You should take it off same way you take off the fan connector. This illustrates what happens when you do it wrong.

Albert - Reply

I managed to break the connection to the mother board. I think when you remove the connection the bottom part should remain so as to reconnect. Maybe a little more info here would help. In the meantime my only option is to solder a new connection. Anybody tried this with a fine pointed soldering iron? Solder fine cables direct to the motherboard? By the way I don’t appreciate the haha from Albert.

malcolm5054 - Reply

  • Pull the camera cable connector toward the optical drive to disconnect it from the logic board.

  • This socket is metal and easily bent. Be sure to align the connector with its socket on the logic board before mating the two pieces.

As mentioned, the socket can be easily damaged when re-inserting it. I didn't care enough and one pin was damaged. Wifi was not detected.

Hopefully the pin was not broken (only bent). Putting it back in its correct position, the wifi re-appeared.

Arnaud ROSAY - Reply

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the optical drive, hard drive, and trackpad cable connectors up off the logic board.

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

  • Use your spudger to slide the keyboard ribbon cable out of its socket.

Sometimes spulger is not the best tool to slide the cable out. If it is difficult to slide, try two toothpicks to pull the cable from two sides simultaneosly.

Leo Nikitin - Reply

the zif cable is especially difficult to get back in fully. Seems I might need to make my own tool with fine tweezers that are rubber dipped (or something similar). Have had no luck otherwise and worry I am doing damage.

Mateo - Reply

As Mateo said, replacing the zif cable is NOT easy, and in this case, will leave you with a computer that won't power on- this cable connects the power button. I learned a trick somewhere for dealing with these cables- put a piece of good sticky tape on the cable, and use it to pull it back into the connector. Works every time.

stevesontheroad - Reply

Yeah! The tape trick worked for me. Thanks!

Ted Bishop -

Thank you Steve, it’s works perfectly.

never_forever18 -

Steve's trick of using a piece of tape is definitely a good one. It makes the re-insertion much easier.

BobG - Reply

Does anyone have pictures showing how to reinstall the keyboard and backlight cable?

Michele Rathman - Reply

  • Peel the small strip of black tape off the keyboard backlight ribbon cable socket.

Be very careful while taking this black tape off. I accidentally broke the chip off the motherboard and so my keyboard is not backlit any more.

Asim Akath - Reply

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

  • Use your spudger to slide the keyboard backlight ribbon cable out of its socket.

Easy to take out Zif cable but can't seem to get it back in again.

linuxuser101 - Reply

Be especially careful as my hole socket detached from the board. It would have helped to vertically press the socket to the board with the tip of a spudger. Thus partially blocking the strap, you can first peel the free end, then change position and peel the rest. Slide the ribbon cable perfectly horizontally.

Rainer - Reply

I had the same issue of trying to get the ZIF cable back in but found that if I used a piece of scotch tape, it worked. I followed this guide. MacBook unibody keyboard ribbon cable won't go in

spearson - Reply

A reassembly trick that works for me is to use some 3/4" blue painters tape to stick to the very back (lower end) of the ribbon cable so I can pull it up and back before locking the cam. Trying to get a good grip without cutting, or crimping the ribbon means no tweezers or pliers can be used.

originalmachead - Reply

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the battery indicator cable connector up off the logic board.

seems like a large leap from step 15 to 16. The microphone is under another mechanism of screws near the data cable bracket. Also there is a step missing above in which the screw is removed.

Jean Kang - Reply

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the microphone off the adhesive attaching it to the upper case.

on the Australian/Asia version speaker cable is located underneath the logic board.

linuxuser101 - Reply

  • Remove the following screws:

    • Two 7 mm T6 Torx screws from the DC-In board

    • Five 3.3 mm T6 Torx screws

    • Two 4 mm T6 Torx screws

Can someone tell me what is glued on the ethernet port and what kind of glue it is?

Harry - Reply

  • Removing the battery before lifting out the logic board is not strictly required, but makes removing the logic board easier and safer. If you leave your battery in, be especially careful not to bend the logic board against the battery's case near its bar code.

  • Remove the following Tri-point screws securing the battery to the upper case:

    • One 5.5 mm Tri-point screw

    • One 13.5 mm Tri-point screw

  • Lift the battery out of the upper case.

Why not do this step near the start? Would make it easier to replace the ribbon cables in step 12, 13 and 14

Joe Corbett - Reply

  • Lift the logic board from its left edge and raise it until the ports clear the side of the upper case.

  • Pull the logic board away from the side of the upper case and remove it, minding the DC-In board that may get caught.

Be careful while taking the board out, as the heatsink usually is caught by the optic drive.

Leo Nikitin - Reply

Conclusion

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

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