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. Remove the lower case and set it aside.
  • 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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4 Comments

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

Does anyone know where the bluetooth board for a NON ANTI-GLARE model might be found? I'm presuming that I have to lift the logic board to get to it as I can't see anything from the underside.

Hope you can help!

Thanks

John

jpmolesworth - Reply

Where do i find that Cable?

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