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New To Me Mid-2012 15" - Bluetooth Not Available

So, I’m about ready to throw in the towel on my beloved Mid-2012 MBP’s. This is #3 in a year and a half and I’m not particularly hard on my computers.

#1 was just sold.

#2 (Matte screen) was my baby, but has RAM module issues —> Kernel panics —> unreliable.

#3 (Glossy screen) was just purchased for $500 off of a grad student. Aside from some dust, the machine looks to be in great condition. When I tested it before purchase, everything worked, including Bluetooth. I can’t imagine that I wouldn’t have seen the Bluetooth Not Available icon. But alas…

I swapped out the optical drive, hard drive, and RAM from #3 for the SSD’s + RAM from #2. Three beeps. Tightented logic board, reseated the RAM, started up.

But, Bluetooth is not available. There is no Bluetooth in the System Preferences.

I deleted… plist files (there was no simply “bluetooth” file). I reset the SMC. I disconnected and reconnected: the battery, the bluetooth-to-logicboard cable, the antenna cables… and nothing.

My computer setup relies on bluetooth as I use a secondary monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Thoughts? Is it as simple as, “time to troubleshoot and replace all the things”? If so, I think I’m throwing in the towel, selling both computers and getting a new MBP (though, they’re not without their problems… ugh).

Any thoughts?

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You may want to try and replace the AirPort Card as that is what Bluetooth and WiFi is transmitted by (so-to-speak if that makes sense). iFixit sells the part in both Bluetooth 2.1 and Bluetooth 4.0 so you do have a choice when buying.

MacBook Pro Unibody (Early 2011-Mid 2012) AirPort/Bluetooth Board

Remplacement de la carte AirPort/Bluetooth du MacBook Pro 15" Unibody mi-2012

Image MacBook Pro Unibody (Early 2011-Mid 2012) AirPort/Bluetooth Board


MacBook Pro Unibody (Early 2011-Mid 2012) AirPort/Bluetooth Board


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Thanks for this. But my WiFi is working well. Still could be the card? And why all of a sudden considering I'm not losing it and missed the Bluetooth Not Available sign when I bought it?


@globalksp It still may very well be the AirPort Card because I can see you really have tried everything. I would at least give it a go because iFixit has a risk free return policy because if it does not work you can return it with no questions asked.


That's great to know! Thanks!


@globalksp No problem. The next thing we try is replacing the AirPort/Bluetooth cable and iFixit sells that part too so we can also return that if that does not work out too. After that I have exhausted all of my information for you. @mayer Whats your opinion on this one sir?


For sure... and @mayer is probably getting tired of answering my posts :)


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