MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009 Bluetooth Board Replacement

Replace the Bluetooth board in your Anti-Glare option Mid 2009 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody.

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.

Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Lower 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.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 3 (Anti-Glare Option) Bluetooth Board  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 (Anti-Glare Option) Bluetooth Board  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 5 (Anti-Glare Option) Bluetooth Board  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5 (Anti-Glare Option) Bluetooth Board  ¶ 

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

  • Lift the Bluetooth board off the retainer.

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

For more information, check out the MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009 device page.

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is there a newer bluetoth 4.0 / 4.1 board available for the mid 2009 15'' model?

roblamper, · Reply

I second roblamper's question... Yosemite/iOS 8's new "Handoff" as well as "OS X+iOS AirDrop" feature(s) appear to be thwarted on the Mid 2009 MBP due to the existing Bluetooth hardware limitation. I suppose even if there is a Bluetooth 4.0 LE replacement available there may be some .kext changes required. Regardless, baby steps... First things first and that is discovering suitable hardware (-;

honDA9xsi, · Reply

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