Connector pinged off logic board 2010 MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by covisio, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. covisio macrumors 6502

    covisio

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    Oh bother (or words to that effect).

    Decided to clean up and renew the thermal paste around the processors on my Mid-2010 Macbook on Saturday, it all seemed to be going well until I put it all back together and it wouldn't start up at all - absolutely nothing when pressing the power button.

    Started to take it back to bits, got the logic board off and all of a sudden..PING! one of the little surface mount connectors came off the board. I think it's the right speaker cable connector according to iFixit:

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    So two questions: 1. would a problem with this connector cause the computer not to boot; and 2. how difficult is this to repair?

    I'm fond of this computer so really would like to save it.
     
  2. maerz001 macrumors 65816

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    If the solder pad from the board broke off. No chance. New board u need

    If just the solder from the connector u can resolder if you have the equipment. But as u asked this here u probably don’t have the experience to solder?
     
  3. covisio thread starter macrumors 6502

    covisio

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    I have soldered before but never tiny surface mount stuff like this. I think the pads are ok, the connector has come off cleanly.
    But going back to my original point 2., a broken speaker connector wouldn’t stop the machine from booting, right?
     
  4. maerz001 macrumors 65816

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    It shouldn’t. But that’s just my speculation. I can’t test it as I don’t have the machine. Sorry
     
  5. covisio thread starter macrumors 6502

    covisio

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    OK, thanks for the help.
    I've put it all together, I cannot see any other damage or issue and it won't turn on, absolutely nothing.
    I shall have to look at repair options.
     
  6. covisio thread starter macrumors 6502

    covisio

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    Just thought I'd wrap this one up for completion.
    Turned out the reason it wouldn't turn on was that the keyboard cable was, by a fractional amount, not seated fully. MacBook now turns on and works fine, albeit with only one speaker working, which I can live with for now.
     

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