How much should I expect to pay for this repair?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by MmmPancakes, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. MmmPancakes macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Cross-post from the MBP forum because I accidentally posted it there.

    I have a 2009 Mac Mini. I recently upgraded the RAM, and while I was working in the Mini, the Bluetooth antenna cable became detached. I've tried to reconnect it, but the Bluetooth no longer works in the device. This is the extent of my knowledge of the problem.

    Unfortunately, the warranty expired a few weeks ago, and regardless of that, I'm the one who hosed it so it's my burden to bear.

    One local Mac repair shop here in Austin quoted me "about" $40 plus parts (if necessary) to repair it.

    Is that about right? Any former geniuses here know about how much Apple would charge for this out-of-warranty fix?

    I will call Apple -- but I want to be prepared, which is why I'm polling this trusted community.
  2. philipma1957, Mar 29, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2011

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    40 for labor and 20 for the part would be fair. 60 max.

    I am assuming the antenna cable is the problem not the chip.

    if you lived in new jersey i would do it for less but shipping from tx is a killer.

    you can buy a good usb dongle from newegg for 10 or 15 dollars. I will post a few links in a min or 2

    below is a cheap fix may even work better;

    here are parts: if it is the antenna

    I can't find a listing for the chip. maybe this is the card
  3. MmmPancakes thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Nice tips. Thanks for taking the time to respond.
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    You could try posting over at the forums of, the guys over there are quite knowledgeable and might have a solution for a DIY fix.

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