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MacBook Unibody Model A1342

MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Lower Case Replacement

MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Lower Case Replacement

30 secondes - 5 minutes


Mon problème

My wife's Macbook stopped charging. After a short troubleshooting I figured out that the Magsafe connector was at fault. Also, as the laptop was mostly used on soft covered surfaces, cooling was poor, causing some overheating of the lower case, hence causing bubbling of the non slippery rubberized surface underneath. A quick pass by iMachines made me understand that I might need to do the job as the parts weren't available and they needed 2 months to get them (!)

Having discovered your site and the amazing service and advices you provide, I decided to have it go: the spare parts arrived to the Arabian Gulf in a matter of days and they were a perfect fit.

Ma solution

Having some mechanical repair experience as a backup, and referring to the outstanding explanatory images that you provide online, I cruised through the whole dismantling process. Not that it was a totally smooth cruise as I got stuck at the keyboard ribbon cable removal, as I could not make the connection between the small flap that had to be lifted and the ribbon connection itself. I re-read the advices on the relevant dismantling section and I understood that ideally a small rod had to be sneaked underneath the ribbon and just pulled out. To plug it back in, I used successfully the trick with the self adhesive tape.

The repair was an absolute success in a fraction of time and money the workshop would have used.

Unfortunately, for some reason I am unable to upload all of the pictures of my venture ...

Mon conseil

I love your site. So accurate and useful that I wouldn't dread undertaking a more complicated repair as long as your advices are at hand. I will definitely be back to you for more parts in the future and I will strongly recommend your site for anyone stuck or not with electronics repair and maintenance. For anyone reluctant to do repairs on all sorts of electronics, with no second thought, I 'd give two thumbs up to go ahead and do it .

ifixit, probably the best site I came across in recent years.

Image MacBook Unibody (A1342) Lower Case
MacBook Unibody (A1342) Lower Case


Image MacBook Unibody (A1342) MagSafe DC-In Board
MacBook Unibody (A1342) MagSafe DC-In Board


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