noob optical drive help

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

  1. bittle.scott macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2012
    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


    the ribbon I received with the spare combo drive


    reverse of said ribbon


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

  2. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    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

    Jan 2, 2012
    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

    Jun 26, 2010
    I wish i had buddies like yours.
  5. bittle.scott thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2012
    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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