MacBook Santa Rosa/Penryn Inverter Cable

$14.95

Product code: IF186-078-1
Apple Part #: 922-8281

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MacBook Santa Rosa/Penryn Inverter Cable

$14.95

Product code: IF186-078-1
Apple Part #: 922-8281

Product Overview

The first step to fixing pesky inverter issues.

  • Connects the logic board to the display inverter.
  • Only compatible with newer Santa Rosa and Penryn machines.

Before ordering a new inverter cable, be sure you are buying one with the correct connector for your machine. This Santa Rosa/Penryn inverter cable has a much slimmer three-wall connector on the side that connects to the logic board. The Core Duo/Core 2 Duo inverter cable can be found here.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • 2.0 (Santa Rosa) or 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBooks
  • 2.1 or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBooks
  • 2 or 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBooks (Early/Mid 2009)

Product Details

  $14.95

 
 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

Warranty:

One year warranty

20 Available

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Compatibility

MacBook Core 2 Duo
2 GHz (Early 2009)
2 GHz (Santa Rosa)
2.1 GHz (Penryn)
2.13 GHz (Mid 2009)
2.2 GHz (Santa Rosa)
2.4 GHz (Penryn)
 

Stories

My Problem

The LCD display on my 2.2 GHz MacBook Core 2 Duo (late 2007) worked fine when it was part way open but went dark when fully open. I used it for several months while the problem got progressively worse. A little online research convinced me that I had a bad inverter cable. I discovered iFixit had the instructions for replacing the cable so I decided to give it a go. Why buy a new laptop if you can fix the old one for a few dollars?

My Fix

I got a few tools from iFixit and just followed the instructions. There were a couple of spots where I had to look closely and prod gently to figure out how things came apart. I worked slowly and carefully. It was fun. When I was done, the laptop worked perfectly.

My Advice

I put the parts I removed at each step in separate, labeled zip-loc bags. A desk lamp with a built-in magnifying glass was an invaluable tool. I took the opportunity to clean out years of accumulated dust and dirt. I even cleaned the exterior surfaces to make them white again.

The laptop worked so well that I replaced the hard drive with a solid state drive (SSD) and was amazed at the increase in speed. I am enjoying it more now than when it was new.

My Problem

A few years ago I brought my old macbook in to Best Buy because the screen went black (after a couple months of only working at certain angles.) I was quoted $500 to get it fixed, and it was pretty old at that point so I just bought a new computer instead. Now my little brother is in college and needs a computer, and I figured I could at least give it a shot and try to fix up my old macbook for him.

My Fix

I could not believe a $16 part was all it needed! The repair itself took about 2 hours to take the computer apart and put back together, but oh man, seeing that screen start glowing when I powered it back on... what a feeling of accomplishment!

My Advice

It takes 2 hours and there are a lot of screws. Try to keep the screws lined up in order so it's easy when you put everything back together.

My Problem

Macbook backlight would shut off after a few seconds.

My Fix

I followed the instructions and all went well. It was a long process but it wasn't too difficult, you just need patience.

As I was putting it together Friday the 13th struck. After completing the repair I found the hard drive on the table. Oh well, time to take off the keyboard again! As I was closing it up again I dropped and lost a screw.

Upon starting up the machine i got a black screen, no light. Then I got only a few seconds of light, just like before the repair. I hook up an external monitor just to verify the failure and the backlight blinks. I dim the screen and check iFixit for the inverter.

Upon returning to the macbook I turn up the brightness and Viola it works! I use it for a half hour with no problems. I disconnect the monitor and it still works. Now to cancel the inverter order.

Six hours later its fine. Maybe I should have waited until tomorrow to fix it?

My Advice

Don't do a project on the 13th.

My Problem

My MacBook was acting up as the screen backlight would work intermittently and began to only work at awkward angles. I did a bit of research and figured it must have been the the inverter cable... and it was, which was great. I just am not ready to give up my black MacBook yet (although Apple certainly has) and having a fully functioning screen is a great pairing with the overall rock-solid performance of this wonderful computer.

My Fix

Getting to that little cable is no small feat and I considered doing it with the assorted small screw drivers I had on hand, but once I got elbow deep into snapping little clips out of their holders and the such, I was supremely happy that I decided to go for the Pro Tech Toolkit. I used a quite a few more tools than I thought I would, which made the process easier and less damage than I might have done with my existing tools.

I did, however crack the front of my upper case, which I knew could have been a problem. Getting the clips off of the upper case above the optical drive was the real bear. Since I've seen many cracked top cases on other non-operated-on MacBooks of that vintage, I was not all that broken up about it, because that's what super glue is for, right? The computer is going on seven years now.

My Advice

There are many screws and small parts that have to be carefully removed to get to the little inverter cable, stay organized. I drew a grid on a blank piece of paper and numbered them off so re-installation just meant putting everything back in the reverse order. That took very little time to set up and saved a headache putting everything back together.

My Problem

Display was dark

My Fix

Worked very good

My Advice

No

My Problem

Sie liebt ihr MacBook heiß und innig. Dann hat es langsam aber sicher eine Macke entwickelt. Über Wochen wurde der Bildschirm immer öfter dunkel. Am Anfang half es, am Deckel zu ruckeln, ihn ein wenig weiter zu oder auf zu klappen. Aber irgendwann war es vorbei - der Bildschirm blieb dunkel…

My Fix

Mit dem Toolkit und der Anleitung von fixit war die Reparatur kein Problem.

My Advice

Den folgenden Tipp habe ich bisher hier noch nicht gesehen. Deshalb möchte ich ihn teilen:

Bei allen Arbeiten mit kleinen Teile oder Schrauben können die schneller verschwinden als man gucken kann. Deshalb lege ich bei diesen Arbeiten ein weißes Küchenhandtuch auf den Tisch (ein Kissenbezug tut es auch, wichtig ist, daß der Stoff !&&*, einfarbig und weich ist). Das schont das Gerät und verhindert, daß die kleinen Schrauben wegspringen.

My Problem

Things happen in runs. I had two clients with the same model Macbook, and each computer had the same problem. The two clients came to me within two days. It seems to be an unlikely coincidence, but maybe it's not.

One computer's display didn't light up at all, though the client said he could get it to light up if the lid lifted just a crack, insufficiently to read it. I couldn't even get it to do that. The other computer did display, but you had to move the lid back and forth several times. I was sure it was on its way out.

My Fix

I knew it was either the inverter or the cable in each case. It might have been both. But since the repair takes so long, I ordered an inverter and a cable for each. I didn't want to do the repair twice for either computer.

The procedure took a long time, even after practice. It took at least three hours for each computer. The hardest part was putting the plastic tabs back into the screen to make the bezel snap in. That took an hour!

The plastic Macbook is not really well made. The plastic case tends to fall apart, and so do some internal plastic pieces. It's a good thing Apple stopped making them. I find it odd that Dell and other companies know how to make a plastic laptop both durable and serviceable. The Apple is neither. Apple computers are normally very durable, but they also tend to be the hardest to service. I don't know why this is. Thank goodness for ifixit, which guides us through it all.

My Advice

Use plenty of light. Use small containers for all the little parts. I also use a digital vernier caliper to measure the lengths of the screws. The measurements I got are different from those on ifixit, so I learned to compensate by a little.

My Problem

The screen went dark whenever you'd move the LCD past 90 degrees to the base of the Macbook.

My Fix

The repair went great. Lots of wires to move and re-fold into exactly the shape they came out of, but overall not a difficult repair.

My Advice

The teardown guide was invaluable. I did not end up disassembling nearly as much as the guide indicated. Since the inverter cable is on the left side of the notebook and the optical drive, etc weren't in the way, I just gently separated the LCD assembly without taking the assembly completely off the base. That was enough clearance to easily reach the inverter and to replace the cable.

My Problem

I have a MacBook Core 2 duo A1181 black case MacBook. After checking online, I found iFixit, described the problem and determined it was likely the inverter cable or the display data cable.

My Fix

Many thanks to Matt Barnes of tech support who helped me pinpoint the problem - the inverter cable. Ordered that plus a spudger & a Phillips #0 screwdriver. With a tech minded friend, we fixed it in about 2+ hours. Your repair guides and photos were a huge help and without them the repair would have been really difficult.

My Advice

Take your time! Read the directions! Know what part goes back where. This is particularly true with fasteners. (they run away, you know!) In my case, there were many of them and some really small and easy to lose.

My Problem

I have a MacBook Core 2 duo A1181 black case MacBook. After checking online, I found iFixit, described the problem and determined it was likely the inverter cable or the display data cable.

My Fix

Many thanks to Matt Barnes of tech support who helped me pinpoint the problem - the inverter cable. Ordered that plus a spudger & a Phillips #0 screwdriver. With a tech minded friend, we fixed it in about 2+ hours. Your repair guides and photos were a huge help and without them the repair would have been really difficult.

My Advice

Take your time! Read the directions! Know what part goes back where. This is particularly true with fasteners. (they run away, you know!) In my case, there were many of them and some really small and easy to lose.