Replace internal ribbon cable?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PuterSaurus, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. PuterSaurus macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2003
    Gulf Coast
    I accidentally tore the ribbon cable going to the sleep light on the front of my MBP while changing out the hard drive. The ribbon runs across the hard drive and is very fragile.

    Where can I purchase this cable in order to replace it?
  2. El Cid macrumors member

    El Cid

    May 21, 2007

    ifixit among other places, it runs 30-50 USD. Ebay is also a possibility.
  3. iHerzeleid macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2007
  4. powderturns macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2007
    torn cable attachment

    Hi - I just replaced my hard drive and tore the ribbon cable attachment piece, right where it attaches to the logic board. I used the ifixit guide to perform my HDD replacement, but have since learned it is unnecessary to remove this piece during the process. Anyone else experience that? Think it is repairable? I looked and some of the pins are attached to the cable, and some are still stuck on the logic board. I am bummed.
  5. PuterSaurus thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2003
    Gulf Coast
    Did the same thing but had to purchase a new ribbon from

    39.95 + shipping

  6. powderturns macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2007
    but ifixit's directions were wrong!!

    I am going to have to buy the ribbon cable, but not from ifixit. no one else's directions said to remove the cable from the main board. it was totally unncessary to do so, so I guess I'm a little annoyed with them for that. if I followed anyone else's directions, I wouldn't have removed the attachment - note: no one else said to remove the cable.
    thanks for the information regardless.
  7. tuppa macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2009
    Hey powderturns, can you let us know where you bought the ribbon cable from?
  8. morrowless macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    same problem

    Just ran into the same problem on Saturday. I guess I have to hand it to ifixit for finding a way to sell ribbon cables for $40 a crack.

    Didn't need to remove this connection or the connection to the keyboard....both woud have been better off remaining attached.

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