Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Installing MacBook Core Duo Airport Card
Install an Airport Extreme 802.11g card internally.
Tools used in this guide : Coin , Phillips #00 Screwdriver , Spudger
Parts relevant to this guide : MacBook 802.11g Airport Extreme Card , MacBook 802.11n Airport Extreme Card
Step 1 — Battery
Use a coin to rotate the battery-locking screw 90 degrees clockwise.
Lift the battery out of the computer.
Step 3 — Memory Cover
Remove the three evenly-spaced Phillips screws from along the rear wall of the battery compartment.
The screws are captive to the metal memory cover.
Lift up on L-shaped memory cover, slide it to the right, and lift it out of the computer.
Step 5 — Upper Case
Remove the following 3 screws:
One 11 mm Phillips in the middle of the case.
Two 14.5 mm Phillips.
If the screws stick in the case, you can use a magnetized screwdriver to draw them out.
The shorter of the three screws goes in the middle.
Remove the following 3 screws from the rear wall of the battery compartment:
Two 3 mm Phillips.
One 4 mm Phillips on the right side.
When reinstalling these screws, it may be helpful to push down on the lower case to line up the screw holes.
Remove the two Phillips screws from either side of the right wall of the battery compartment (not the ones closest to the battery connector).
Remove the four indicated Phillips screws from the front wall of the battery compartment. When working from the left, remove the 2nd, 4th, 7th and 9th screw.
Remove the following 4 screws from the back of the computer:
Two 7 mm Philips on the far sides.
Two 10.5 mm Phillips toward the center.
Remove the two Phillips screws from the optical side of the computer.
It is not necessary to remove the similar screws on the other side of the computer.
There's a trackpad and keyboard ribbon connecting the upper case to the logic board, so don't pull the upper case off entirely just yet.
Starting near the display and working around to the front of the computer, pry up on the upper case.
While holding up the upper case, use a spudger to pry up the orange trackpad and keyboard cable from its connector.
Step 13 — Airport Card
Disconnect the two antenna cables from the Airport card on the left side of the computer.
Remove the following 2 screws from the Airport card:
One 3 mm Phillips from the left side.
One 8 mm Phillips from the right side.
Grasp the Airport card at its top and slide it toward the screen and out of the computer.
To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order