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IR sensor does not work and I need to replace it. How?

Ok, so my IR sensor does not work and I need to replace it but can neither find the part here or instructions how. There is a description for the earlier MacBook Pro but not mine, the MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Late 2008, Early 2009.) Help!

Yes, I have already checked the Security System Preference and made sure that it will accept IR, and that it is not paired with another remote.

Yes, I made sure the remote was working (I have 2 and used the iSight camera trick to see if it was working)

Yes, I checked System Profiler and made sure under USB that the Mac recognizes that it has an IR Receiver.

YES I have already reset the PRAM.

and YES I even ran a command line program called "iremoted" that listens for button-press events and prints the identifier (the HID element cookie, to be precise) of the button in question.

for example... (not my results)

$ ./iremoted

0x16 pressed

0x16 released

0x17 pressed

0x17 released


Since it is not recognizing any button presses, I'm assuming my IR Sensor is fried.

So, where does that leave me? Well, without a working IR Sensor and a need to replace it, but cannot find the part online or instructions how to do it.

So, any idea where I may find a replacement?

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Nice research + Ralph


Unfortunately no. That's for the 13" and I own the 15".


Unfortunately not. That's the MID 2009 model only, not the Late 2008/Early 2009 model as I indicated. Difference is that model eliminated the expresscard port in favor of compact flash card port. Internals slightly different when it comes to this part.


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Okay, this is definitely a very old question. Looks like it never got answered, so here it is. :-) Buy the part from here Good Luck and I am sure you have your MBP fixed by now.;-)

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Here's a link to what looks exactly like the ir sensor in my 2007 MBP 15" a1226. I got this link from a guy on apple.discussions. I couldn't find anything...I know this post is old, but my link works as-of 2 minutes ago...

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Do you have any issues with the MacBook Pro sleeping? Or weird display or boot problems?

Regardless, try looking at the IR/Sleep ribbon cable on the logic board, make sure it's plugged in FULLY.

Refer to the iFixit logic board installation guide for your MacBook Pro to find where the cable is.

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