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Old Feb 5, 2010, 02:08 PM   #1
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Is it possible to change the wireless card in a Macbook Pro 13" Unibody 5,5

Hey my macbook has a Broadcom BCM4322 rev1 wireless card and it seems to have terrible linux support. I'd like to replace it, but I think the card might be soldered onto the board. Anyone know for sure if it is soldered?

This seems to be the same as my macbook and I can't even find the wireless card in the pictures.
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Old Feb 5, 2010, 02:10 PM   #2
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Can't do it. Certainly can't without voiding your warranty.
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Old Feb 5, 2010, 02:17 PM   #3
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Can't do it. Certainly can't without voiding your warranty.
Not concerned about the warranty.
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Old Feb 5, 2010, 02:17 PM   #4
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Not concerned about the warranty.
You still can't do it.
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Old Feb 5, 2010, 02:47 PM   #5
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You still can't do it.
You sure? I am reading and the wireless card is hidden under the display apparently. I haven't opened my my macbook open enough yet to investigate, but I have found some pictures. Express cards appear to be pretty small and I think its small enough to be hidden there without being soldered.

You can see where it is hidden here.
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You sure? I am reading and the wireless card is hidden under the display apparently. I haven't opened my my macbook open enough yet to investigate, but I have found some pictures. Express cards appear to be pretty small and I think its small enough to be hidden there without being soldered.

You can see where it is hidden here.
I've given you the answer. If you want to turn your Macbook into a paperweight, you're welcome to try it anyway. If you need to ask the question in this forum, then you don't have the technical knowledge necessary to pull it off successfully.
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Im interested in why its not possible on the unibody mbps as I have a 1st gen intel which I have had to operate on many times including replacing the wireless card. What makes it less feasible on the unibodys exactly?

My instincts would say its totally possible if you acquire the right parts and are comfortable with the risk

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Old Feb 5, 2010, 03:09 PM   #8
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Ok I see that the wireless card is actually proprietary. Looks like I can get a replacement part here : http://www.ifixit.com/MacBook-Parts/...oard/IF160-033. The picture shows another bcm4322 so I am obviously not going to buy that. I know some of the macbook pro 13" unibodys came with an atheros chipset so there has to be a replacement that is atheros somewhere. Any ideas?
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