Airport cards: Bcm94321mc vs AR5BXB6

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JephB, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. JephB macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,
    I'm gutting my 2008 MBP 2.4GHZ (dead logic board) to spruce up a 2007 MBP 2.16ghz I bought (newest my budget allowed). I've noticed the airport signal isn't as strong on the older 2.16ghz unit, it has the ar5bxb6 card. Should I swap the older card for my bcm94321mc? will the older unit support that? will I need new drivers?
    1st time cracking a case (which is why I'm not just swapping logic boards. )

    thx for any advice. :)
    OSX 10.5.8
     
  2. squeakr macrumors 68000

    squeakr

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    Depending on why the logic board died, I would bake it to reflow the solder. Since you are gutting it anyway, you have nothing to lose. Just Google it, but is a way to possibly bring a dead logic board back to life.
     
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

    velocityg4

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    iFixit.com lists both cards as being compatible with the same range of Macbooks and Macbook Pro's. So yes it will work and Mac OS X already has the driver's needed. Unless you went to /System/Library/Extensions and removed the Broadcom kexts:rolleyes:.

    +1 Might as well give it a shot.
     
  4. JephB thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thx a bunch guys, hoping to get a lil mo speed and distance with the bcm card. Once that works, maybe I'll be brave enuff to try the oven of DOOM. LOL

    ><
    btw, I'm also switching out the ram, HDD, and toplid (better track pad).... anything else I should/could switch out to make the 2007 more like the 2008? :)
     

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