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Faulty Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection? Replace the AirPort/Bluetooth cable.

  1. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011 AirPort/Bluetooth Cable Replacement, Lower Case: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Three 13.5 mm (14.1 mm) Phillips screws.

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

    • When removing these screws, note how they come out at a slight angle. They must be reinstalled the same way.

  2. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011 AirPort/Bluetooth Cable Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.

    • Remove the lower case and set it aside.

  3. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011 AirPort/Bluetooth Cable Replacement, Battery Connector: step 3, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011 AirPort/Bluetooth Cable Replacement, Battery Connector: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • For certain repairs (e.g. hard drive), disconnecting the battery connector is not necessary but is recommended as it prevents any accidental shorting of electronics on the motherboard. If you do not disconnect the battery connector, please be careful as parts of the motherboard might be electrified.

    • Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.

    • It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket.

  4. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011 AirPort/Bluetooth Cable Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from its socket on the logic board so it does not accidentally connect itself while you work.

  5. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011 AirPort/Bluetooth Cable Replacement, AirPort/Bluetooth Cable: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the AirPort/Bluetooth connector out of its socket on the logic board.

  6. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011 AirPort/Bluetooth Cable Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Peel back the piece of EMI tape covering the AirPort/Bluetooth cable on the AirPort/Bluetooth housing.

  7. MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011 AirPort/Bluetooth Cable Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2011 AirPort/Bluetooth Cable Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to gently lift the AirPort/Bluetooth connector out of its socket on the AirPort/Bluetooth board.

    • Remove the cable from your MacBook.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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