2011 Macbook Pro Airport adapter upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by krypticos, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. krypticos macrumors regular

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    hello all i have been doing research looking to upgrade my early 2011 15" MBP airport card. I had posted here asking if the card could be upgraded and was basically was told no. well i looked at teardowns of newer macs and found that the 2012 13" non retina MBP had the same looking connector. After find this out i started looking at this card more and found this post saying you need to have part number of BCM94331PCIEBT4CAX for bluetooth 4.0. i also found this post showing that his early 2011 15" MBP worked with this card.

    So after finding that i did some ebay searching and found this its a replacement card not oem but looks like it should work and it has the correct part number. im looking to order this very soon and i will post back with results. if anyone here has had experience with this replacement card please let us know what you think.
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    If your reason for this upgrade has to do with Yosemite then I don't think it will work. From what I have read on this forum, Yosemite checks against your model's stock Bluetooth and not what is currently installed. USB adapter also will not work.
     
  3. hamiltonDSi macrumors 65832

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    Please don't get me wrong, I'm just trying to help you :

    Are you sure you want to invest more money in your 2011 machine ?
    I'm sure you know all about the dGPU problems with the Early / Late 15" / 17" Macbook Pro's...
     
  4. krypticos thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes it was for Yosemite. well maybe ill wait till after the update comes out to invest.


    lol yea i know that the 2011 has dgpu issues but that is on the 2.2ghz model. thankfully i have a 2.0 with the lower end dgpu. i mean its barely better than hd3000 igpu. plus i use a program to force igpu use i hardly ever use the dgpu. also yes i will continue investing in it because i dont have the money to buy a newer one. i mean for what i do its perfect.
     
  5. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Good idea. It is still in the beta phase so it could change. Why buy a new tool when the old one does what you need just fine?
     
  6. nicklad, Jul 28, 2014
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    nicklad macrumors 6502

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    If you want to do this at a sensible price with your 2011 MBP, I suggest to buy one now rather than later. The cards are selling out fast as the number available is very limited as they have come from 2012 MBPs.
     

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