noob optical drive help

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by bittle.scott, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. bittle.scott macrumors newbie

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    I purchased two broken macbook's off one of my buddy's for $25. He said they couldn't be fixed, he had tried countless times. I figured I'd give it a shot and if I couldn't, I'd just part them out. 3 hours later one is working just fine and i'm using it to post this question.

    The macbook in question is Model Number: A1181

    for some reason the optical drive had been removed from the laptop. He threw one in with the sale, and I'm having trouble finding what I need online. The ribbon it came with doesn't seem to be able to plug into the logic board. I've looked on ebay and craigslist, but the only ribbon that I can find is the one I have. Pictures below to what i'm talking about. I'm a mac noob, just wondering if someone could chime in and help me out


    the connection to the logic board

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    the ribbon I received with the spare combo drive

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    reverse of said ribbon

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    any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking to buy a super drive and I don't know what ribbon I need

    -Scott
     
  2. logana macrumors 65816

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    The MacBook you have got working is a 2009 or mid 2009 MacBook and uses a SATA optical drive. The optical drive your friend gave you is for the earlier MacBooks and they use a PATA drive with a much larger socket on the logic board - both confusingly have the same A1181 model number.

    Maybe the SATA drive is in the other MacBook ?
     
  3. bittle.scott thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you! acutally the one thats working is all together, it doesn't need anything else. all drives are there. The other not working needs the optical drive and a hard drive. thats it. =]
     
  4. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    I wish i had buddies like yours.
     
  5. bittle.scott thread starter macrumors newbie

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    no doubt. I saw them sitting in his apartment and I was like, "you should sell me those for like 20 bucks" :D
     

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