MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Assembly Replacement

Prerequisite Only

Prerequisite Only

Please note that this guide is only a prerequisite for other guides.

AirPort/Bluetooth Board Assembly prereq.

This guide is prereq only.

1 Edit Step 1 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Assembly  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board toward the optical drive opening.

1 Edit Step 1 AirPort/Bluetooth Board Assembly  ¶ 

  • Pull the camera cable connector straight out of its socket on the logic board.

  • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board toward the optical drive opening.

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

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  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the four antenna connectors up from their sockets on the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

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Image 1/3: De-route the camera cable from its channel in the AirPort/Bluetooth housing.

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  • De-route all four antenna cables from their channels in the AirPort/Bluetooth housing.

  • De-route the camera cable from its channel in the AirPort/Bluetooth housing.

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Image 1/1: One 8.6 mm Phillips screw

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  • Remove the following two screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly to the upper case:

    • One 8.6 mm Phillips screw

    • One 3.9 mm Phillips screw

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  • Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly from the upper case, minding any cables that may get caught.

Conclusion

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9 Comments

This step did not provide enough direction and is the reason my cable is either broke/not working now. I tried pulling it out of the logic board, as indicated, but it did not budge. I was extremely careful not to damage it, so I gave up on trying to remove it once I saw that it wasn't moving. Lo and behold, once I fired the Macbook up again, the camera is no longer connected. This step should have additional details/explanation as to why the cable may not come out/what to do if it doesn't (I was able to proceed to the next steps by working around the cable, so it didn't even have to be removed as the guide might have you think).

Does anyone know how to properly fix it/where to buy a replacement camera/iSight cable? I would like to fix this if possible.

jackalbert - Reply

This step literally ruined my MacBook Pro. The ribbon cable pulled off of the logic board, and will no longer reconnect.

Brian Webb - Reply

I found the problem with my wifi: sadly the connector solder joint j4 of the wifi board was not stable enough. now the socket is inside of the connector and not joined with the board. How do I remove the socket from inside of the connector? Is this even possible?

Bodo Tasche - Reply

I want to know Lot No. of " 3.9 mm Phillips screw" Step 9.

That was broken... :( Is there anyone who can help me?

YoungWook Jo - Reply

the same problem, do you know which size the screw is??

adambartusz91 -

Looking for replacement screws for the Airport/Bluetooth module. The head stripped and I was able to successfully remove the damaged screw but now I need a replacement. If I could get the part number for the screws I could probably order it. It's the screw on the right in step 9.

MacGyver - Reply

MacGyver, how did you finally remove that screw? Same problem here.

Heinz -

Also curious. Both screws are stripped on mine.

Marc Opperman -

Can i replace a faulty 2011 15" screen with the same one from a 2010 15" model with the same resolution?

Are they interchangeable?

lukas - Reply