How to reconnect left external speaker connection
I replaced the battery on my Late 2012 Macbook Pro. When removing the left side external speaker connection, I inadvertently pulled the socket connector off the board. I was trying to pull the connector out of the holder, but pulled the "holder" off the board as well. Now the connector just dangles, there is nothing to hold it onto the board. The internal jack works fine for headset.
Is there a way to 'glue' or somehow re-attach this socket connector or would it require replacing the entire board?
The instructions had a similar connector on each speaker. They were shown as 2 pieces. One attached to the board, and the other attached to it. I was able to separate the ones on the right side easily. The left side, no matter hw hard I tried, would only reveal one piece. I pried underneath it. This is the result. So much for saving a hundred bucks by doing it myself. I can use earbuds, headphones etc. but certainly not convenient.
Thanks for looking.
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Can you take a good set of pics so we can see the damaged logic board and the connector (bottom).
Follow this guide to post them: Posting files
You guys are sort of funny in discussing how you’d fix this broken part. Can you give me a hint as to where I can have it fixed? Not specifically of course, but what kind of store or service company could handle this? Electronic repair? Computer hardware repair? Apple repair? And how long should it take - an hour or a day? Any internet sites? Thanks again for getting me this far. I don’t care if you want to be negative
par Don Sandifer
@dsandife - Don, We do respect each others skills, sometimes there is more than one way to do something. Healthy debate is good!
Happy you enjoyed our banter on the two techniques!
Soldering will need a steady hand and you need to be careful you don't bridge the pins. The gun needs less skill (hand wise) but you need to watch out on the temp and making sure you don't cook the other devices nearby hence the shielding. If you haven't soldered before then I would look for someone who has.
As to getting your logic board fixed a local electronics repair shop should be able to do this. Given how you only need this tacked back down I would hate to have you ship your system for such a trivial repair. Apple won't touch it, they will tell you you'll need a new logic board $$!
If push comes to shove, you'll need to get either a micro soldering iron or a small variable temp heat gun with a 1/2" or smaller nozzle, some solder flux, as well as solder wire (iron) or solder paste (gun). You'll want to protect the area around the connector with the foil and/or Kapton tape. Lastly don't forget to disconnect the battery!
Here's the possible tools:
- Soldering Station. This is a good soldering iron for small jobs.
- Heat Gun This nozzle is on the big side I would get some fittings to reduce the diameter.
- Portable Soldering Iron This is what I use as its very convenient, as well as offers both methods! It has soldering tips and offers a small nozzle to heat small areas. I'm sure you'll find it works for other projects as well.
Don Sandifer here : I ran into some medical issues and was away from my Macbook for a while. Even though this thread goes back to last year - the answer I'm looking for and the circumstances haven't changed. Bottom line - I have a socket that I pulled off the board accidentally. I'd like to get this fixed, and get my left external speaker working again. The speaker is fine - the socket needs to be re-attached to the board. Is there any place locally (Northern Virginia) that can repair this? Alternatively, where can I ship the MacBook to and get it repaired ? I have an ipad, so can get by without the MacBook for a bit if required. It appears that if I had a very small soldering iron and steady hands, I could do it myself. The steady hands are the big problem. Thanks.
par Don Sandifer
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