Are the cases interchangeable on A1181?
Hello, Thank you in advance for the time answering this question,
I am searching for replacement black cases for my white MacBook 2.1 GHz (mid2007) computer.
which (runs free software), from a bunch of old slow or non-working (macOS ones) some earlier models and others later models but all A1181, and
I was wondering if the shape of motherboards changed in later models and in consequence screw hole positions change through time, or the only difference are the screw sizes in the A1181 family.
I know that keyboard you can use later one with the iTunes keys, probably my choice, found the information on this ifixit page: https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Mac/MacBook...[Optical+Drives]=on, so dont need any help on that)
Found this in another forum:
Model A1181 MacBooks. The revisions of MacBook saw the following major changes:
- The original machine is most commonly called Core Duo. The battery is 10.8 volts and 55 watt hours. This is the same for all revisions of A1181 MacBook.
- From the Core Duo to the second generation, known as Core 2 Duo, the heat sink of some Core Duo models and all Core 2 Duo models changed connectors. Core Duo machines have 2 Airport antenna connectors coming from the display assembly, and Core 2 Duo machines have 3 antenna connectors.
- Within Core 2 Duo, there are 2 revisions: Late 2006 and Mid 2007. The compatibility difference relies in how the battery connector attaches to the logic board. Models with "Energy Star" printed on the board in the RAM slot have 2 fewer pins on the battery connector, and the logic board has 2 fewer holes. Models without "Energy Star" printed on the board have 2 more pins than non ES models.
- For the next revision, called Santa Rosa or Late 2007, Apple changed most of the connectors in the machine. The fan, inverter cable, speakers, Bluetooth, and PRAM battery have JST connectors and are therefore incompatible with previous machines. The heat sink went from 2 to 1 thermal sensor connectors also, making it incompatible with earlier machines. Finally, the PRAM battery was moved from under the board to near the right speaker, making the lower case of previous machines incompatible. All battery connectors are Energy Star version for this version.
- The next version, known as Penryn or Early 2008, has the one difference of returning to 2 Airport antennas coming from the display assembly. It is otherwise compatible with the Santa Rosa machines, but not earlier versions for the same reasons as the SR machines.
- The next version, known as Early 2009, changed the optical drive connection to a SATA-type connector. Therefore, the optical drive and cable are not compatible with earlier machines. Also, the heat sink changed again, and different screw holes means that the heat sink, logic board, and lower case are not compatible with previous machines. It also eliminated the PRAM battery and updated the Bluetooth to 2.1.
- The final version of A1181 MacBook, known as Mid 2009, only had one change. The heat sink eliminated thermal sensors entirely. This does not affect the logic board, however (the port is still there, but isn't used). Therefore, the Mid 2009 version is fully compatible with the Early 2009 versions, but not earlier versions
The reason a want to keep this system, is because it has the i945 chipset. Only MacBook 1.1 (32 bit) and MacBook 2.1 (64 bit)has it, and is supported by LIBREBOOT project which is a free software EFI/UEFI BIOS replacement.
I also run GNU/Linux so the system is still very fast and supported, so the age is not an issue for me.
But back to the point,
As I’m going to buy new case parts for the system, as I prefer the black chassis instead of white, doesn’t get so dirty and is nicer, and my current case is in a sad state after this summer, I will use this opportunity to buy some black cases, and wanted to know which ones would be interchangeable and will fit with my MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.16 13" (White) motherboard, and the rest of the hardware, with other A1181 MacBooks.
Thank you Alexis
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