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upjeeper

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i've got a 2015 Macbook air that i bought knowing it had some issues. I believe the keyboard is dead, but i haven't been able to get it to power on since the power button is nonfunctional.
i know i can pull the case apart and either short the power button or replace the keyboard, but i'm hoping there is a cheaper and less invasive method. i've tried to plug a usb keyboard in but that hasn't worked.
 

Shirasaki

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Apple MacBook keyboard is designed in such a way that as long as internal keyboard is dead, turning on the machine is impossible without fully disassembling the machine. Louis Rossman’s video shows why.
 
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Audit13

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Disconnect the battery, disconnect the trackpad from the logic board, connect charger, wait about 20 to 30 seconds, and the MacBook should power up on its own if the only issue is the keyboard.

The power button is routed through the keyboard to the trackpad and trackpad to logic board. This is easy to do with the right screwdrivers since the battery is not glued in place. I've done the many times in the past.

There are also two pins on the logic board that can be used to power up the Air. You need to use a metal object (I usually use a flat-head screwdriver) to momentarily short the pins.

 

Sword86

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Apple MacBook keyboard is designed in such a way that as long as internal keyboard is dead, turning on the machine is impossible without fully disassembling the machine. Louis Rossman’s video shows why.

Hmmmm...my keyboard and trackpad are to be dead but I can still power my MB up. I am able to use it with a BT keyboard. S
 

upjeeper

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Jun 24, 2020
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thanks all
sounds like i am tearing into it either way. only wanted to know for sure if that was the issue before i buy parts
 
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