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HumidSting

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So I work in a repair shop, and this customer left a milk-spilled MacBook Pro 2015 for spare parts. I was thinking the other day that this device does have a WiFi card, and it looks like it hasn't been touched by the milk. So it would be a cheaper way to upgrade my current setup (have a MacGyvered FV-T919 PCIe card that has really weak BT). What adapter card + additional cables do I need?
 

mattspace

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assuming it's the same small card that was used in iMacs etc which provides wifi and bluetooth, you need a kit which comes with an adapter card to go from it, to the slot on the MP's motherboard, as well as a cable to go from the adapter to the MP's separate bluetooth card connection socket, once you remove the bluetooth card.
 

Zeke D

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I picked up a 2009 cMP recently, and it didn't have a wifi card. I grabbed a broadcom card from an old polycarb 2006 iMac I had lying around. I pulled the processor/ram tray and installed the card in the slot, using the T6 screws that secured it to the iMac logic board. Attach wireless leads 1 & 3, and everything works in OS X and Windows 7. As long as they are pin-compatible, it should work without any macgyvering needed. Finding the right screws is not hard, but can be pricey. The official screw part number is "922-7734," but they're just M2x3mm.
broadcom-wifi.jpg

I don't think it matters, but I plugged #1 into the "right" lead, and #3 into the "left" lead while reading the FCC info. I used a pair of tweezers to slip the #2 lead between the card and logic board.
 

tsialex

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figures...

Any suggestions for mini-PCIE wireless cards? preferably one that supports wireless AC.
AFAIK, seems that the best nowadays is BCM94360CD, but you will need a form factor adaptor.

I have bought one on AliExpress and arrived some time ago, but I'm still waiting for the BT connection cable.

Did you looked at osxwifi.com?
 

Zeke D

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At those prices, I'm better off just using my Airport Express, and plugging in ethernet...

AFAIK, seems that the best nowadays is BCM94360CD, but you will need a form factor adaptor.

I have bought one on AliExpress and arrived some time ago, but I'm still waiting for the BT connection cable.

Did you looked at osxwifi.com?
 
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