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MacBook Pro 17" Unibody AirPort Board Replacement

Replace the AirPort Board in your MacBook Pro 17" Unibody.

Having issues with wireless connectivity? The problem could lie inside the AirPort Board.

This guide will show you how to replace the AirPort card installed in the display frame of the Early 2009 and Mid 2009 MacBook Pro 17" Unibody. This guide does not apply to the Mid 2010 and Late 2011 MacBook Pro 17" Unibody. The AirPort card in the later models is mounted beside the optical drive.

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단계 1 AirPort Board  ¶ 

Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the two antenna cable connectors from the AirPort board.

단계 1 AirPort Board  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the two antenna cable connectors from the AirPort board.

단계 2  ¶ 

Remove the single 2.7 mm Phillips #00 screw securing the AirPort board bracket to the display case.

단계 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 2.7 mm Phillips #00 screw securing the AirPort board bracket to the display case.

단계 3  ¶ 

Move the AirPort board bracket towards the bottom of the display case with the tip of a spudger so that it does not block the AirPort board cable. Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the AirPort board cable by rocking it back and forth until it is free. The AirPort board connection cable can be inserted both ways. The two sides of the connector look slightly different. However, inserting it upside down will cause a short circuit upon power on and damage the logic board and/or Airport board, so be careful to note the correct orientation.

단계 3  ¶ 

  • Move the AirPort board bracket towards the bottom of the display case with the tip of a spudger so that it does not block the AirPort board cable.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the AirPort board cable by rocking it back and forth until it is free.

  • The AirPort board connection cable can be inserted both ways. The two sides of the connector look slightly different. However, inserting it upside down will cause a short circuit upon power on and damage the logic board and/or Airport board, so be careful to note the correct orientation.

단계 4  ¶ 

Once the cable is disconnected, lift and remove the plastic bracket from the display case.

단계 4  ¶ 

  • Once the cable is disconnected, lift and remove the plastic bracket from the display case.

단계 5  ¶ 

Remove the two 3.1 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the AirPort board to the display case.

단계 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 3.1 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the AirPort board to the display case.

단계 6  ¶ 

Lift and remove the AirPort board from the display case.

단계 6  ¶ 

  • Lift and remove the AirPort board from the display case.