MacPro: Airport wire broken!

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  1. vinylator macrumors newbie

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    Today, I installed another harddrive, but in the process, i broke the airport antenna cable. I can still connect to my wireless network, but only when I leave the case open. Can I buy such a cable, so I can repair it myself? Is the other end of that cable soldered? I hope not. And does anyone know a link to a 'MacPro airport take apart' site?

    tia!

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  2. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    If you move the Auxilliary (AUX) wire over to the primary connection I think you should get most of your reception back without much hassle. I know PowerMac and Mac Pro AP wires are strung throughout the entirety of the case, so replacing one would probably be a pretty extensive process. Hopefully switching the connectors on the card will suffice for now.

    Good Luck.
     
  3. vinylator thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That AUX wire, thats the one that is unused with that little plastic tube over it (also visible in the pics)? If so, what's it originally intended for?
     
  4. yippy macrumors 68020

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    It looks like you might be able to strip both of those wire ends and twist them together. I would give that a try as well.
     
  5. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    No no, the AUX wire should be the second one attached to the AP card, just move it to the slot where the other one had been. I want to say that other wire is probably Bluetooth, so I wouldnt touch that one.

    Good luck
     
  6. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Can't see clearly from the picture but would twisting the wire together work or is it like a coaxial wire. Then just use something to insulate the connection.
     
  7. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    I second this. You could also crimp the ends together, but I would try twisting them together and insulating it with electrical tape first.
     
  8. vinylator thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thx for clarification, but what does that other cable plugged into the Ap do?

    I'll give that a try. It's not gonna be easy, that really is a tiny space, with tiny wires...
     
  9. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    Hey vinylator,

    best of luck fixing it.

    i'm about to buy a mac pro....can you tell me how you did this so i don't repeat it? which bay were you installing?

    Cheers,
    keebler
     
  10. vinylator thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How I did this? Just slide the HD in Bay 2, that's all I did. The airport card is just underneath.
     
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  12. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    it acts as a backup antenna in low signal areas. If the primary antenna doesnt pick up any signal, the card will then try the AUX wire to see if that has any signal. By moving the AUX to the primary spot, you should regain some signal, in theory.

    twisting or crimping should produce good results as well, but I'd still look around to see if you can find a replacement.

    Good luck
     
  13. Tonewheel macrumors 6502a

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    Broken Bluetooth Wire

    Reopening the discussion, as I have a similar problem.

    A few weeks ago I rerouted my airport/bluetooth wiring to fix the famous BT reception problem (which worked, btw). Yesterday, I was conducting my bi-annual cleaning/dusting of my Mac Pro. When I pulled out the front fan assembly, the bluetooth wire got bound up and pulled clean off of the gold connector, which stayed on the bluetooth card. I removed the connector and examined it and the wire end. The wire, to my surprise, is coaxial, and it came out cleanly from the connector with absolutely no damage. In fact, it looks ready to be inserted into a new connector. The connector itself cannot be reused as it has already been crimped, obviously.

    So, does anyone know if these little gold connectors can be purchased somewhere. I've looked online at various computer stores (Micro City, etc.) and cannot find them. Or, do I need to completely replace and rerun the wire through the Mac Pro. I would hate to do that, as it would require significant disassembly.

    Help! ...and thanks.
     
  14. Tonewheel macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone?

    Been months...but can anyone shed any light on my previous question about these teeny gold coax connectors? Thanks!
     

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