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Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Invert socket broke off motherboard

I was replacing a screen on my Macbook (Penryn) and while removing the inverter cable from the motherboard, the socket came off. The plastic was very brittle.

Is there any way to solder the socket back on?

Currently, I put everything back together (not including the inverter cable socket) and it will not power on.

Does the inverter cable need to be plugged into the motherboard in order for the Macbook to power on?

Thank you!

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Here is an update -

I managed to get the inverter cable back together, but not get the socket back on the motherboard. I did check where the socket was and no traces are anywhere - it appeared to be a clean break.

I tried to boot up the Mac and what happens now is this: it boots, the hard drive starts, the fans run. I don't get the chime sound and all I get is a black screen.

I can reset the pram and cannot boot from CD/DVD

Is the logic board fried? Or is it possible I didnt hook something up properly?

I did order a monitor adapter and it should be in tomorrow. I will post an update when I have time to look at it again.



Here is another update -

I got the VGA adapter in today. The MacBook does indeed work hooked up to an external monitor.

Where can I find a replacement inverter socket to solder on to the motherboard? I have looked around, and maybe I am not looking for the correct item, but I cannot seem to find anything anywhere.

Any help is appreciated, thanks!


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The inverter cable does not need to be plugged in for the board to power on.

The board is fixable by someone with the right skills and equipment. I would take the board and socket to a local TV repair shop to have them solder the socket/header back on or replace it and inspect the components directly in front of it for damage (or behind it depending on how you are looking at the board). They will have all the skills and tools to do this work. The traces leading to the socket are extremely small and fragile. There may only be one shot at repairing this without air wires. I use a stereo microscope powered to about 30x to see with for soldering things like this and use about 60x to inspect the solder joint after the work is done. TV repair shops usually charge a reasonable fee for this type of work and certainly cheaper than the Apple logic board repair services.

If you are planning on just using an external monitor with the board and not repairing it, I would inspect the board with a jeweler's loupe to make sure none of the 4 traces that lead to the socket ripped up with it are touching anything else. Good luck!

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Thank you very much, I will look around and find someone local who can possibly solder it for me


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did you find anyone to solder it back on? I have the same problem. The socket came off.

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