Why Airport has still no functionality?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Sinfin, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Sinfin macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2011
    Hello guys :)

    At first: sorry for my bad english...i'm german.

    I have a big issue with my MacBook 13" Unibody 2,0 Ghz. A few weeks ago i damaged the connector from the iSight, Bluetooth & Airport Cable that goes to the Mainboard. So i bought a new one and everything works exept the Airport. I thought i have damaged my old Airport card through my repair-session so i bought a new airport card from ebay. The seller from the card meant that the card isn't new but has 100% functionality. But after i replaced the new airpord card with the new one i still have no connectivity. OS X said, that "no airport-card is installed". Resetting PRAM and the other solutions doesn't work. Windows 7 via BootCamp still doesn't find a wifi-card too in the device manager.

    So what can be the issue? Maybe the new card is damaged too? Or the connector that connects the airport card with the cable that i written? And when the airport card is the issue....can it be only the card or maybe the card + the antennas there next to the card?

    One other small question? the cable that i plugged in the card has at one side a small white dot on it...in which direction the dot should looked to? to the user (away from the lcd) or to the lcd panel?

    I hope anyone understand what i want to ask ;)

  2. Ricacomp macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2011
    Hey Sinfin,

    It's possible the card itself is damaged but unless you're 100% sure you didn't damage anything else during your initial repairs it's hard to say. Like you mentioned in your post, it is possible the connectors or cable themselves are damaged.

    As far as the direction of the card, here's a couple guide that may help you. I'm not sure if you have the older unibody, the one with the black keyboard and aluminium or the white polycarbonate one.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Device/MacBook_Unibody_Model_A1278 <-- black one

    This one has a teardown guide, but no specific help page for the aircard installation.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Device/MacBook_Unibody_Model_A1342 <-- white one

    This one does have a specific guide for aircard installation
    --> http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/...dy-Model-A1342-AirPort-Bluetooth-Board/1704/1

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