Introduction

Use this guide to replace a broken AirPort/Bluetooth board.

Image 1/1: Three 14.4 mm Phillips #00 screws
  • Remove the following ten screws:

    • Three 14.4 mm Phillips #00 screws

    • Three 3.5 mm Phillips #00 screws

    • Four 3.5 mm shouldered Phillips #00 screws

Does void the warranty?

jfondeur - Reply

No, it does not void the warranty. More specifically: http://eshop.macsales.com/Search/display...

oakdragon12 - Reply

How much weight can I save by removing the optical drive?

gunes314 - Reply

You can save a lot of weight if lets say your installing a solid state drive or putting in a second hard drive but if you know that you use the CD/DVD disc drive a lot then you might just want to leave the drive alone.

Marshall WahlstromHelgren -

Also wondering how much weight I'd save by just removing. My drive is broken for ages, but I have not needed it in ages. The HD was already replaced by a cheap SSD (second best thing after upgrading to 8GB), so I'd appreciate losing some weight. I mean, the computer. Although I could lose some too... erm... well, anyway, I guess the lack of the DVD would not interfere with anything, right? Opinions?

Carlos Duarte do Nascimento - Reply

Apple has meticulously balanced the MacBook's weight from left to right, and removing the optical drive may off-balance the Mac.

Seji the veggie -

What so you think that a removing the optical drive which weighs less than a AA battery will unbalance a MBP making it unusable? LOL!

Unless you use the MBP on a high wire (an even then I have my doubts) you'd never notice the weight difference.

pmhparis -

I'm thinking you'd probably be OK losing the DVD drive without a problem. Just make sure the optical drive cable is secured or you might hear it rattling in there from time-to-time.

John Adam Wickliffe - Reply

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renatumb - Reply

Tip: Use one of those weekday pill holders to have a cheep way to store screws you remove and each day of the week can be for different sizes or parts. It has been handy to have (much less expensive than the magnetic mat.

Robert Wacker - Reply

Great tutorial. I found that using a Phillips #0 in lieu of the #00 worked much better.

kschmesk - Reply

I tried the PH #00 for the 10 screws that hold the bottom case and it's too big, instead PH #000 works perfectly. Are you sure this screws are #00?

Alex - Reply

The likely problem with your wifi is not the card but the antenna leads that go into the plastic clutch

. Ifixit don't have a guide to change this as it it includes the isight camera so the screen has to be disassembled which is fairly hard

I got round it by using the camera cable from the old set and cutting off the new one

brian whittle - Reply

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tayseer999 - Reply

I have found that my MacBook Pro 13 Late 2011 has five shouldered screws and not four. I am not sure exactly where it goes but I have put it in the top left corner of the picture as it is the odd one out.

GotMac - Reply

Hello, where can I buy the screws I need in case I lose one of them?

taylornya - Reply

on my device the #00 screwdriver was a bit too small. a #0 was the perfect one

Maximilian Klotz - Reply

I found with mine that the shouldered and un-shouldered screws were reversed (the three un-shouldered screws going where the orange colour indicates). Also, I found that the front four screws went in at an angle.

gilded yak - Reply

I need to know why my party can't hear. Me on my android phone

Tina Porter - Reply

Because that party is inside your head Tino. Just close your eyes and enjoy the tunes

Snuf Box -

Are you sure the short screws are different? The set sold here just says “Seven 3 mm Phillips #00 screws.”

Jack - Reply

I have one stripped screw... How opening without drill it?! Any suggestions please?

rodrigosady - Reply

I used 3 eggcups to hold the screws ;>) They are very fiddly and easy to drop on floor so keep the MacBook away from the edge of the surface you are using to avoid accidentally dropping a screw off the edge of a table, etc.

Stephen Smith - Reply

Image 1/2: Remove the lower case. Image 2/2: Remove the lower case.
  • Use your fingers to pry the lower case away from the body of the MacBook near the vent.

  • Remove the lower case.

If the black vent window that is attached to the back cover becomes loose what kind of glue should be used to attach it again, thermal paste or super glue?

Thanks for your help.

Mikell - Reply

Image 1/2: It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off. Image 2/2: It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.
  • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

  • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket. Be careful with the corners of the connectors, they can be easily broken off.

Is this step of removing the battery connector required?

manodh - Reply

yes - as with disassembly of any electronic component you have to remove any power source. You don't want to accidentally turn the Mac on

khull -

This step is not really required. Apple does not recommend it.

Steven Layton - Reply

My Battery does not get recognized after i disconnected it, screw this site!

Diego Hernandes -

Rather than be careful of the corners of the connector i would say don't use the spudger anywhere near the corners. While the corner looks like the obvious place to begin to pry it up from, it will break. Levering from the sides as the instructions suggest works well.

ausmkv - Reply

wonder why apple does not recommend it?!

Peter - Reply

I would recommend it, one careless short and the whole board is dead......

John - Reply

simply remove the battery rather than disconnecting the cable

toiu - Reply

What do you mean by "remove the battery"?

Anrothan -

Don't know what the deal is with the battery, but this IS a necessary step to keep from frying the logic Board if you accidentally touch something and short it out. I did this step every time during my troubleshooting and The battery was ALWAYS recognized by the system the next time I turned the MBP on. So be safe and don't fry your logic board in the process...

fasthans - Reply

Prying the battery connector off does not take much force. I did exactly what the guide suggested (walked it off back and forth) with the spudger without any problems. Just be very gentle, much like with anything inside laptops, they are very fragile and need to be worked with carefully. A+ instructions, battery replacement was a success.

aekinaka - Reply

Installed/upgraded 4gb RAM to the system maximum 16gb and installed a 500 gb SSD today....DID NOT disconnect the battery cable....no issues at all when I powered back up. Then did a clean install of OSX Yosemite....next I used a time machine backup to put all my stuff back on the new HD. From start to finish it took about 4 hours. Macbook boots up right at 16 seconds now.

MacProUser - Reply

Easiest to use two spudgers, one on each short end, I found.

Simon Mundy - Reply

I took off th Airport /Bluetooth connectors but the number J3 connector is broken and so where can i buy J3 connecter for the Airport/bluetooth board

Zeerachen - Reply

Its a lot easier and safer (corner wise) to pry it using the flat side of the black spudger directly in front of the connector (don't go/use the corners) very easily you will be able to pry it further by inserting the spudger into a better and thicker plastic section of the connector

Ed Oliver - Reply

DON'T remove the Battery Cable, you risk the battery NOT being recognised when you start the Mac up again, or breaking it!! More to the point, APPLE DOES NOT RECOMMEND THIS, so don't do it! I Installed 2x 8GB ( 16Gb total) of Crucial Mac RAM at 1333Mhz for my Late 2011 MacBook Pro, and it works beautifully, fully recognised and working well. I followed these instructions, but as Apple didnt recommend disconnecting the battery, I skipped this step, and as well as taking less time, nothing was damaged or broken, and everything works perfectly!!! Just make sure that you DISCHARGE ALL STATIC ELECTRICITY FROM YOUR HANDS, by touching a metal surface in the Mac. Apple recommends the edge of the Optical Disk Drive ( Big silver thing ) before touching any parts. Also, Take care removing the RAM out of its packet, DO NOT touch the Gold connectors, and hold the RAM by the edges. Finally, be PATIENT, GENTLE and it should all go perfectly. I managed it first time, with no technical ability, so follow my advice. Good luck!

Bradley Marks - Reply

Followed the tuto Step by step. Disconnected the battery (quite easily).

No problem when I lit the Mac on again. Battery's here, date's right.

nichoferr - Reply

Switch off your Mac and continue without disconnecting the battery. Don't know how it will switch on by itself.

Mfernandez - Reply

This comment made me think that disconnecting the battery was no point at all, because really - how would the computer be able to switch on by it self. So... I had my mac flipped around and was fiddling with the last part of the guide when I all of a sudden hear the start up sound! Don't know how and why it did. I turned it around with it guts open and guts hanging out. Screen was on. I forced it to shut down by keeping the power button down. Turned it back and first thing removed the battery cord.

Luckily the computer started up just like normal. But hearing that sound was just too scary.

BTW I had been cautious to de static myself multiple times.

wassberg -

Definitely do this step. It's an easy disconnect anyway and also easy to reconnect later.

Stephen Smith - Reply

I removed the battery cable for the repair. When I plugged in the MagSafe adapter after the repair, the Mac turned on automatically without pressing the power button and I was a bit worried, but after a restart everything worked fine again. I did have to reset date and time in Preferences. The battery was recognized OK.

Raymond Rinaldi - Reply

Okey, I skipped this battery disconnection part. Did not do anything like this before in my life, changing the cable was super easy!

Marijke de Vries - Reply

The official Apple guide to replacing the RAM says nothing about disconnecting the battery but it does recommend touching metal inside to discharge static. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201165

B T - Reply

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  • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

What are the changes of it broke when i bend it?, after i disconect it does not work anymore

Diego Hernandes - Reply

The guide worked perfectly, as it has in the past (our family has three Mid-2012 Macbook Pros that have been separately upgraded with RAM and SSD).

The PH00 screwdriver fit perfectly.

One note on getting the screws to seat easily and thread perfectly...always turn them gently a couple turns to the left (CCW or Anti-Clockwise) until you hear a small click. That's where the threads will grab. Works with any screw, but when threads are fine, this will help ensure that the screw is at the correct angle and will grab and seat perfectly.

Great guides. Thanks!

timgunkel - Reply

Got RAM in but only one slot is working and now I can't remove! The RAM won't pop up like before and tabs don't seem to do anything. Please advise.

Sal Ergrapes - Reply

I put some tape between the connector and socket while working on the drive.

Stephen Smith - Reply

That's a good tip

Anrothan -

Followed the advice and right as I was installing the replacement fan , the socket broke right off the motherboard.

Ian Thal - Reply

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

N.B! Thank you very much all you here on iFixit! Some IMPORTANT notes. Be very careful BEFORE prying the connectors up and down. They are very fragile and the picture could actually be seen as showing a bending loading in their weakest direction, AROUND its slender axis. The connector is slender and inserted on the logic board, so the gentle "walking" up and down should be done ALONG their slender direction and WITHOUT touching the adjacent connectors. If bending is done around its axis the soldering comes apart and the cable is done and gone. Just happened. These flat cables are one of the weakest design spots in my experience. They are a major time, money and geist consuming reason for malfunction like Wi-Fi connection problems, HDD, SSD not found internally but externally from USB issues et al being found on different forums. Thanks again and again.

Greg - Reply

Image 1/1: Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board. Pulling it upward may damage the logic board or the cable itself.
  • Carefully pull the camera cable out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board. Pulling it upward may damage the logic board or the cable itself.

I ripped the camera cable where can I buy a new one

fadybitar2000 - Reply

Be very careful at step 6!

I had the same problem with the model "Late 2011" and I doubt to step 6 because the camera cabel connector was plugged very tight in the board-socket. So I cannot believe it is so easy to unplug the connector.

I bought a new camera cable on eBay.

Tomasz Borkowski - Reply

Image 1/2: De-route the camera cable out from under the retaining finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket. Image 2/2: De-route the camera cable out from under the retaining finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.
  • Carefully move the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable out of the way as you peel the camera cable off the adhesive securing it to the subwoofer and the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

  • De-route the camera cable out from under the retaining finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

What adhesive is suitable for reattaching the foam tape and wires that were removed from their normal routing?

David Warshowsky - Reply

I want to know that too!

Alberto Harres Rocha -

Image 1/2: De-route the antenna cable from under the finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket. Image 2/2: De-route the antenna cable from under the finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the antenna connector closest to the logic board up from its socket on the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

  • De-route the antenna cable from under the finger molded into the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

Can someone explain me what this "antenna cable" is for? I changed my Topcase and this antenna did break during the procedure =(.

The problem is i can't find this cable anywhere to buy and i don't even know his function. WIFI and Bluetooth are working just fine.

Can someone please help me?

kadiroeztel - Reply

Same here, I was removing the display and once i put it back on the three little antenna cables fall off. Any idea how to replace it or find it?

Hector Torres -

Those are the WiFi antennae..

auadix -

Image 1/2: De-route their cables from the slots cut in the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket. Image 2/2: De-route their cables from the slots cut in the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.
  • Using the method described in the last step, disconnect the remaining three antenna connectors.

  • De-route their cables from the slots cut in the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket.

What are these? Like in order? I broke the middle one and am trying to find a replacement. The mac actually functions quite normally, currently using it to type this ahaha, anyways, only difference I've noticed is that the speaker sounds a bit weird/off. Internet is fine, display is fine, everything is fine at the moment besides the speaker. And in case you're wondering how exactly broken it is, its not connected to begin with since it ripped ahahaa...

Lupita Felix - Reply

Image 1/1: Two 10.3 mm Phillips screws
  • Remove the following five screws:

    • Two 10.3 mm Phillips screws

    • Two 3.1 mm Phillips screws

    • One 5 mm Phillips screw

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  • Pull the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly and the Subwoofer upward near the center of the side of the optical drive until they clear each other.

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  • Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly, minding the fragile antenna contact near the corner of the upper case.

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  • Peel back the piece of EMI tape covering the AirPort/Bluetooth cable connector.

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Image 1/2: Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth cable. Image 2/2: Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth cable.
  • Use the tip of a spudger to lift the AirPort/Bluetooth cable connector out of its socket on the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

  • Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth cable.

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  • Continue peeling the EMI tape off the bottom of the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket and remove it from the assembly.

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  • Remove the three 3 mm Phillips screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board to its bracket.

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Image 1/1: Be careful not to damage the pink thermal pad attached to the bracket.
  • Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth board from its bracket.

  • Be careful not to damage the pink thermal pad attached to the bracket.

I did the whole thing and my new AirPort isnt working.. i checked twice the cables and nothing yet.. does anyone know if i need to download something to make the mac recognize my AirPort? - the bluetooth is working in both boards (the old one and the new one).. any clues to help me out here?

paulofjunior - Reply

Any idea what was wrong with your computer. I'm in the exact same situation.

goreds6 -

I accidentally pried the soldered connector off the board (the j3 bt connector) as I have seen this connector is only two/ three channel. Is it an option to try to solder back the connection? Thanks for all of your help Ifixit!!

skogliruben2 - Reply

I did the same thing as skogliruben2. the J3 bt connect popped right off with the antenna cable when I tried to pry it off. I'd also like to know if I can try soldering it on. I really can't even disconnect the little connecter from the cable socket now. What does this antenna do? Thanks for your help!

maryetna - Reply

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

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Just to say if you only need to replace the cable the from the main logic to the Airport card it is very simple after battery disconnect its just pry up logic board connector carefully then peel back tape at airport card and remove cable.

Thats all there is to the cable replacement and it fixed my No wifi hardware found and intermittent wifi which it would seem is a common fault As always a great guide thank you.

Keith - Reply

My macbook pro 13 2014 version wifi screen holder and the wifi card bluetooth cables are broken , so i went to repair it by my self and i bought the wrong full screen and the wifi card back to macbook pro 13 2010 version , it was shock so i would to know Can i change the wifi card cables and the screen adopted cable to the new cables of 2014 macbook pro 13 2014 version?

ahat2013 - Reply

what's the difference between the normal "phillips screws" and the "shouldered phillips screws"?

Daniel Rathlef - Reply

If you look closely with the screws (my eyes needed a magnifying glass) you will see that some of them have heads that are "stepped". hard to describe in words.

perasso -

I just completed this repair successfully thanks to an excellent instruction and some help from iFixit support due to an error I made. A couple of comments that might help someone else:

1) make sure in step 15 that you TURN THE BOARD OVER and remove the tape from the bottom of the board. I "continued" removing tape from the top and then got completely confused when I couldn't find the screws in the next step. Yeah, it was my mistake because i didn't read the instructions carefully.

2) In step 15, leave the tape attached at the end of the bracket. this will make it much easier to replace the tape when reassembling.

perasso - Reply

one further comment as to whether or not you actually need to replace the board.

I was having intermittent interference problems from other nearby bluetooth enabled computers. So I checked the signal strength and it seemed low. (you can do this by holding down the option key and clicking the bluetooth symbol in the banner, then you click on the device you are interested in). My BT speaker was at -68dbm (considered low) but was at -15dbm when it was at the same distance from my macbook 1.1 (i.e. white, plastic macbook). This is a huge difference (dBm is a log scale) so I replaced the BT board.

But after I replaced the board I measured again I got the same signal strength. I then checked it with another macbook pro and again I got the same signal strength.

So intermittent BT problems and low signal strength don't necessarily mean you need to replace the board. The macbook pro just doesn't have good BT signal strength, at least not compared to the old macbooks.

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