Introduction

Use this guide to replace a non-functioning Bluetooth board in the Anti-Glare option of the Mid 2009 MacBook Pro.

The Glossy display option does not have this display-mounted bluetooth card, it is found under the clutch cover.

Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:
  • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

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Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.
  • Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.

  • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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Disconnect the Bluetooth cable by pulling the male end straight away from its socket. Pull the connector parallel to the face of the logic board, not straight up.
  • Disconnect the Bluetooth cable by pulling the male end straight away from its socket.

  • Pull the connector parallel to the face of the logic board, not straight up.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Bluetooth antenna cable from its socket on the board.

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Remove the two 8 mm Phillips screws securing the Bluetooth/camera cable retainer to the upper case. One of the screws may remain captive in the Bluetooth/camera cable ground loop. If replacing the display, be sure to transfer this screw to the new unit.
  • Remove the two 8 mm Phillips screws securing the Bluetooth/camera cable retainer to the upper case.

  • One of the screws may remain captive in the Bluetooth/camera cable ground loop. If replacing the display, be sure to transfer this screw to the new unit.

  • Lift the Bluetooth board/cable retainer assembly out of the upper case.

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Remove the single Phillips screw securing the Bluetooth board to the retainer.
  • Remove the single Phillips screw securing the Bluetooth board to the retainer.

  • Lift the Bluetooth board off the retainer.

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Conclusion

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

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If you take a look at Step 10 in MacBook Pro 15" Unibody 2.53 GHz Mid 2009 Optical Drive Replacement, this is what the inside of my Mac looks like.

But according to Step 4 of this guide (MacBook Pro 15" Unibody 2.53 GHz Mid 2009 Bluetooth Board Replacement), it should like this.

Both guides are apparently for the MacBook Pro 15" Unibody 2.53GHz mid-2009, however both guides have different screenshots. And the guide specifically for the AirPort card doesn't match what the inside of my Mac looks like.

I think something is amiss here. I definitely have a Model No. A1286, "MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53GHz, Mid 2009), Serial number: W8934S6N7XJ"--as verified by Apple's website, but my internals do not look like Step 4 above. Instead it looks more like Step 10 in MacBook Pro 15" Unibody 2.53 GHz Mid 2009 Optical Drive Replacement.

jawshoouh - Reply

So I called Apple and opened a case with them. They told me that the AirPort card is part of the motherboard and it's not a user-installable part, which is why there's no existing part number for it. So I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it appears that this guide is either wrong, or is only for a Bluetooth card, as the screenshots in Step 4 do not match a MacBook Pro 15" Unibody mid-2009 2.53GHz w/ Anti-Glare (I can send you guys a picture of mine if you like).

jawshoouh - Reply

Sorry about the bad information, I fixed the guide in question. The board that you are talking about is in fact only the Bluetooth board. I cannot say this with 100% certainty because I've never disassembled an anti-glare display and I cannot find information about it on the internet, but the AirPort card for your machine may be underneath the clutch cover like on the glossy models. We do not currently have a guide for disassembling the anti-glare display, but it should be pretty similar to the glossy display guide. Essentially, you just need to figure out how to remove the clutch cover once the display is off the machine. The closest guide to what you need can be found here, but again this is for a glossy display (you obviously would not need to remove the glass) and the clutch cover may be different for your machine. I'll update the guides once we find out for sure.

Andrew Bookholt -

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