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Introduction

Wireless connectivity issues? Use this guide to replace an inoperative AirPort/Bluetooth board.

  1. 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:

    • Three 13.5 mm (14.1 mm) Phillips screws.

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • When removing these screws, note how they come out at a slight angle. They must be reinstalled the same way.

  2. 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.

  3. For certain repairs (e.g. hard drive), disconnecting the battery connector is not necessary but it prevents any accidental shorting of electronics on the motherboard. If you do not disconnect the battery connector, please be careful as parts of the motherboard might be electrified. Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.
    • For certain repairs (e.g. hard drive), disconnecting the battery connector is not necessary but it prevents any accidental shorting of electronics on the motherboard. If you do not disconnect the battery connector, please be careful as parts of the motherboard might be electrified.

    • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. Peel and remove the piece of EMI tape wrapped around the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly. Peel and remove the piece of EMI tape wrapped around the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly.
    • Peel and remove the piece of EMI tape wrapped around the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly.

  12. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth cable away from its socket on the AirPort/Bluetooth board. Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth cable from the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth cable away from its socket on the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

    • Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth cable from the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly.

  13. Remove the three Phillips screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board to the AirPort/Bluetooth board housing. Use the flat end of a spudger to dislodge the AirPort/Bluetooth board from its recess in the AirPort/Bluetooth board housing.
    • Remove the three Phillips screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board to the AirPort/Bluetooth board housing.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to dislodge the AirPort/Bluetooth board from its recess in the AirPort/Bluetooth board housing.

  14. Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth board from its aluminum housing.
    • Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth board from its aluminum housing.

  15. Before securing the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket to the upper case, be sure the small tab on its left edge is inserted into the small void cut into the black plastic optical drive opening.
    • Before securing the AirPort/Bluetooth bracket to the upper case, be sure the small tab on its left edge is inserted into the small void cut into the black plastic optical drive opening.

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