Introduction

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

  1. Remove the eight 4 mm Phillips screws securing the lower case to the MacBook.
    • Remove the eight 4 mm Phillips screws securing the lower case to the MacBook.

  2. The lower case is constructed of rubber-coated aluminum. Do not excessively bend the aluminum during removal, as any permanent deformation will cause tolerance issues after reassembly.
    • The lower case is constructed of rubber-coated aluminum. Do not excessively bend the aluminum during removal, as any permanent deformation will cause tolerance issues after reassembly.

    • Slightly lift the lower case near the vent opening.

    • Continue running your fingers between the lower and upper cases until the upper case pops off its retaining clips.

    • The location of these three clips is shown in the third picture.

    • For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge. This step is optional and is not required.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

    • It may be easier to use your fingernails to lift up on both sides of the connector.

    • Remove the following screws from the optical drive side of the rear vent:

      • Two 10 mm T8 Torx

      • Two 5.2 mm Phillips

    • Remove the following screws from the port side of rear vent:

      • Two 10 mm T8 Torx

      • Two 5.2 mm Phillips

    • Carefully lift the rear vent out of the upper case.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth cable connector up off the logic board.

    • Remove the following screws securing the right speaker assembly to the upper case:

      • One 12 mm Phillips screw.

      • One 3 mm Phillips screw.

    • Remove the single 2.2 mm Phillips screw inserted horizontally into the side of the optical drive.

    • Pry the AirPort and Bluetooth antenna connectors (3 total) up off the AirPort/Bluetooth card.

    • De-route the long antenna from its channel in the rear speaker housing.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the rear speaker cable connector up off the logic board.

    • Remove the rear speaker assembly from the upper case.

    • Carefully peel the AirPort/Bluetooth cable from its channel within the rear speaker assembly.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the AirPort/Bluetooth cable up off the rear speaker.

    • Remove three 3 mm Phillips screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth board to the rear speaker assembly.

    • Lift the AirPort/Bluetooth board up off the rear speaker assembly.

    • AirPort/Bluetooth board remains.

Conclusion

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

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3 Comments

Terrific guide; no problems, at all! Don't forget you need to add the Wi-Fi service back to the list of services:

1. Go to System Preferences → Network and click the + button to add a service.

2. Select Wi-Fi as the Interface and provide a service name.

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schmidtjoel - Reply

At Step 11 I accidently pulled the connector off the board incorrectly and it won't fit back on. What is the difficulty level of resoldering this back onto the logic board or should I take it to a professional?

gregpif - Reply

Hello!

Does anyone know where I could find this bt card but with Bt 4.0 LE in order to get handoff and continuity to work on this A1342 Macbook?

Thanks!

junkprotectorvpc - Reply

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