MacBook Air (Original) Audio Cable

$24.95

Product code: IF188-014-1
Apple Part #: 922-8380

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MacBook Air (Original) Audio Cable

$24.95

Product code: IF188-014-1
Apple Part #: 922-8380

Product Overview

Bring the theater with you.

Without music, most movies would lack emotional oomph, forcing directors to include written cues on when to suspect danger, when to cry, and when to fall in love with Richard Gere. Trigger heart-rending reactions today with our MacBook Air (Original) audio cable.

Connects sound card to logic board. Identify by 821-0576-A printed on cable.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • 1.6 or 1.8 GHz Original MacBook Airs

Product Details

  $24.95

 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

3 Available

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Compatibility

MacBook Air Models A1237 and A1304
1.6 GHz (Original)
1.8 GHz (Original)
 

Stories

My Problem

One day all of a sudden the audio just went on my MacBook Air. I've had this computer since 2010, it was a first gen MBA so I figured I might be SOL. However, I don't give up easily when it comes to computer problems.

The first thing I did was research the problem. From my experience I know that someone else has had the same problem and has posted questions or repairs somewhere on the Internet, to which others have responded.

So after reading a bunch of possible fixes, I figured that I would first try a reformat and rebuild of my computer instead of trying to hunt down some random preference files and the like.

My computer was in bad need of a "nuke and pave" anyway. The HD had bad blocks so I knew I had to reformat and zero out the data in order to move the blocks out of the way. If the reformat failed, then I knew I had to replace the hard drive. Fortunately, it did not.

Plus, the OS was dog slow, so I knew that a clean OS install would help. And I was going to streamline the computer with only the apps that I need to do my consulting work and novel writing.

However, after an extensive rebuilding of my OS and user profile, the 'no audio output device' message (and no audio at all) was still happening.

That led me to believe that I had a hardware problem. So I went back to the Internet and found this YouTube video that explains it all:

https://youtu.be/RusxiDa6bQ4

My Fix

So, I did the repair as the YouTube poster demonstrated. His video shows you how to re-seat the MBA audio flex cable and more often than not it works just fine with the original cable.

And it did for a few hours for me!

But then it failed. However, now I was convinced that it definitely was the audio cable. How could it not be? The cable itself was almost 7 years old and sat under the battery all that time.

So I bought a new cable from iFixit, and a Spudger (which I had been meaning to get for a while now), and set about to doing the fix with a new cable.

The new cable comes with some sticky adhesive sheathed in some paper covering along certain points of the cable.

I didn't bother using the adhesives and left the paper coverings. Since the cable was now going to be on top of the batter away from any heat source, why bother?

And there's other paper labels in there anyway and the computer had never caught fire. So unlike the old power adapter issue and the battery issue from the old G4 Macbooks, I think I'm good here.

Anyway, did the audio flex cable replacement, closed up the Mac, and started it up.

As soon as I heard the startup chime I knew it worked.

Now I'm listening to the Game of Thrones soundtrack through my MBA's speaker as I type this.

My Advice

My advice is this: Before any computer repair professional like the Apple Genius Bar people tell you that you need a new $600 logic board for your aging Mac, go to the Internet and do your research first.

Someone out there knows the answer because someone out there has already had the same problem and solved it.

Most likely you can do the fix or upgrade yourself with a little confidence, the right (inexpensive) tools and hardware, and with the generous help of the iFixit/YouTube/Other World Computing/Etc. people out there who have openly shared their knowledge.

The total cost of my fix was under $30, a far cry from the $600 new logic board, that wouldn't have fix the problem anyway since it was simply the audio cable!

My Problem

No sound - it was a champagne supernova.

My Fix

Cable arrived in its happy little box and I followed the instructions on the site. It took about 10 minutes to unscrew everything and pop it in place, then put it all back together.

My Advice

I've actually run the cable over the top of the battery, rather than underneath it, as this seems to have been a general consensus online for best placement.

My Problem

At first all audio devices intermittently disappeared. Resetting PRAM etc. stopped working. Eventually the only way I can get audio was with a USB mic and speaker.

My Fix

The repair went smoothly following the step-by-step guide. After reassembly and restarting the computer audio was back.

My Advice

Use a magnetic sheet to organize the many screws as you remove them--a flat "refrigerator magnet" will do.

Don't tack down the adhesive near the audio board until the board is connected and screwed down.

My Problem

My MBA audio is out. After googling, changing audio cable is the way to solve it.

My Fix

It took me 30 mins to get it done. I follow step by step on ifixit.

My Advice

Great step by step information on repairing. Super easy when u follow ifixit thru

My Problem

Didn't have sound which was more of a problem than I thought

My Fix

Super simple install and everything is working perfectly for weeks now!

My Advice

Very easy install!

My Problem

the sound stopped working and the computer showed no audio card,

My Fix

replacing the audio cable was very simple with the step by step illustrated instructions , the whole process took less then 30 minutes

My Advice

was hard to find a spooge in the local metropolitan area i live in (detroit), i used a plastic knife instead. wish i would have ordered the spooge when i got the audio cable , also the cable arrived ahead of the scheduled date

My Problem

No sound from 1st gen Air.

My Fix

After the Sauna and "few" Sauna-beers quite smooth, I have already changed SSD to air, so no first timer opening that thing.

And holy higher force, did hear a ching after the repair, awesome.

I have a habit of playing Queen - Breakthru when succeeding in something awesome.

Thanks iFixit, olette loistavia!

My Advice

I always set the screws same way as they are laid out in the device.

My Problem

broken sound, and extremely slow, suggesting disk errors, short battery life

My Fix

Replaced the audio card and cable, battery, and the HD (with a SSD from a different vendor, because you don't carry a drop-in SSD replacement). It came up working fine, installed Ubuntu 12.10, works great.

My Advice

Be slow and methodical and you won't have to take the case off to install the new sound card you forgot to put in.

My Problem

I had no sound coming from speakers or the audio jack

My Fix

The repair went seamlessly. The online guide was perfect

My Advice

This is a very easy install

mathicus's Story Photo #180522

My Problem

My Macbook Air had no sound, and the sound icon was grayed out in the menu bar. After reading about a number of similar experiences I ordered the replacement audio cable from iFixit.

My Fix

The online guide made the installation a snap. About 35 minutes from start to finish, and the chime sounded when I powered up. It was great feeling.

My Advice

1. A good set of screw drivers is s a must for this type of job. I used the Pittsburgh - Item #93916, along with a spudger.

2. I used a simple piece of paper with circles for the screws as I removed them (see picture).

3. Use the slide show feature so it fills the screen for easy viewing.