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  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

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  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the lower case and set it aside.

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  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Pull the connector parallel to the face of the logic board, not straight up.

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  ¶ 

Image 1/2: 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.

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  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Lift the Bluetooth board off the retainer.

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.

Conclusion

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

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3 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