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MacBook 13" (A1342)

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Approved On: 1/13/10
Description: This is an official Powerbookmedic.com manual for the polycarbonate Unibody MacBook.

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Powerbook Medic
1 month ago
@Moonstruck, it can be underneath the drive or on the bottom side of the logic board.
Moonstruck
1 month ago
Is the pram battery mounted below the super drive? I am trying to fid a pram battery for macbook A1342. Please help. GREAT VIDEO ,Best yet!!!!
Powerbook Medic
1 month ago
@fadhly - the foam should just peel off if you hold down the cable securely. for the connector, you would need to solder it back. We offer a logic board repair service in the Send-in Mac Service dropdown or you can replace the board.
fadhly
1 month ago
I've got 2 problem. i would like to change my logic board but then i got stuck in disconnecting the lcd because unlike in your video there's a foam covering it. secondly i mistaken the way i supposed to disconnect the rear speaker cable(it supposed to leave some kind of a socket that connected to the circuit but apparently i took it off too!! soldiering it would be impossible because the circuit is too small... HELP!!)
dhie
4 months ago
hi my macbook late 2009 is keep shuting down randomly with or without the ac adaptor connected. but i notice when the ac cord is connected the lit is orange.. and when the macbook shutdown by its own the led light turns to GREEN at the same time.. its always like that never go wrong.. is there any part replace to fix the problem..? thank you mch..!
Don
5 months ago
What size is the tri-wing screwdriver needed? I have 2 screwdriver sets and all the ones I have are too big.
Dr H
5 months ago
The video shows just about everything but how to get to a stuck/broken (trackpad) clickbar.
Matt
8 months ago
Tried putting mine back together. It starts, but the keyboard isn't working. Am I reconnecting something wrong?
Excellent Video !
8 months ago
I HAVE SEEN MANY VIDEOS BUT THIS VIDEO IS THE BEST HANDS DOWN!
Powerbook Medic
9 months ago
@Javier - you can unplug it, take out the battery, and hold down power for 10 seconds.
Javier
9 months ago
Is there any option to reset the smc without using the keyboard??
Miguel
1 year ago
i have a macbook a1342 that lights the screen but not present me video
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Plamen - there isn't much you can do with it. There is a small market on eBay that may be willing to buy non-working boards.
Plamen
1 year ago
I just purchased a logic board from you guys, because main burnt out on me.I put the one I got from you and everything work just fine.Do you think I can use the old logic board for parts or there's nothing I can dismantle anymore. Anyway.Thank you very much for supplying me so fast with that part.You just saved me from spending $1700 for a new computer.Happy I found you guys.God bless you.
Alain
1 year ago
How do I replace the lcd cable that connects to the LCD. I messed it up when trying to replace the LCD.
Rick
1 year ago
How many volts/watts does the computer battery hold?
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@pedro - it can be the power adapter, the magsafe board, or the logic board. It is hard to say which it is without replacing some parts. The adapter is the easiest to test if you have another or have a friend with a macbook.
pedro r
1 year ago
My mac won't power on at all, the light on the magsafe doesn't come on either , I have a black spot on the screen but It's been like that for a few weeks . I'm willing to order whatever is necessary to repair it but I need to know what's wrong . The last time it was working I plugged it in to charge and the next morning it wouldn't power on and magsafe light was off.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Pedro - sometimes it may stick a little, but it should pop off with not a whole lot of effort. If you are uncomfortable doing it, you can send it to us for repair.
Pedro
1 year ago
I have removed the first 8 screws, but i still not been able to remove the cover, what should i do?
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Carl - no, once you get to the point of the part you need to replace, you can stop there, replace it, and then work your way back putting it together.
Carl
1 year ago
If I just need to replace a cracked screen do i just need to remove the battery and follow the last minute or so about the screen?
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@ACMT - ESD is important. They have ESD mats to prevent static charges as well as wrist straps.
ACMT
1 year ago
Where is your ESD? I haven't heard the single most important step before you proceed to touching the components....... Do you always work on the MLB without ESD protection????
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Twotone - I would make sure the LVDS cables aren't getting pinched in the hinges, because after that, you've done the appropriate troubleshooting and the only thing left is a damaged logic board. Possibly the display cable connector has some damaged pins or something.
Twotone
1 year ago
I replaced my screen and now the new screen and old screens are Dim. What would cause this? The old screen used to be bright but just cracked. I've tried 2 different LVDS cables other than the original.
James
1 year ago
After replacing the top case the wifi stopped working. Under wifi it says "wifi hardware not installed." The bluetooth is working. Any ideas?
Mike
1 year ago
Can you replace just the keyboard or do you need to replace the entire top case?
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@eeh - you have to unscrew it from beneath the trackpad, so you have to take apart the machine until you can get to that point.
eeh
1 year ago
What is the easiest way to replace the trackpad on the macbook 13inch.
Richard Cooper
2 years ago
most excellent Thank You
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Ntxga - the keyboard comes with the top case, so once you get everything removed from the top case, you can switch it out. It's a lengthy repair.
Ngtxa
2 years ago
Please How can I replaced MacBook A1342'Keyboard. Thanks
daniel
2 years ago
If i want to extend the wifi antenna which antenna next to the screen is it?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@ stingbody - The keyboard is part of the top case. You can't download the recovery cds.
stingbody
2 years ago
how about the keyboard?.... and i want to download a recovery files for my mac because the cd was gone... were can i download?... thank you..
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Matt - I'm pretty sure it doesn't work with any other key depressed. You can also reset it by taking out the battery and holding down the power button for 10 seconds while unplugged and turned off.
Matt Cohen
2 years ago
Help Please! replaced a loud fan as per "Installing MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Fan" by Walter Galan on ifixit. Followed ESD precautions etc. Now Mac powers up but just have a black screen. The white LED is on, the hard drive spins up, I tried shining a bright light to see if the LCD was not backlit :no presentation. It stays on and will shut off if hold down power button. So far I removed the ram and reinstalled it. I tried to do a SMC reset, *BUT* unfortunately my left shift key has been none functional for 3 weeks . Will SMC reset work with right shift key depression? I also disconnected &reconnect Lcd cable on the right side of the logic board. the power on led comes on and thats it, no sound when I adjust the volume button please help!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Soledad - most likely. We'd have to see it in shop to be sure, but that's where I'd start.
Soledad
2 years ago
My children dropped my A1342 macbook on its side and broke off a piece of the case right where the charger is plugged in. Now the charger doesn't work at all - do I need to replace the magsafe board?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Robin - great news. never would have gone with the scotch tape as an issue :)
Robin
2 years ago
When the keyboard connector was attached correctly (without the scotch tape), the right shift key began to work. Thanks for your suggestions and your repair guide!!!
Robin
2 years ago
Thank you so much for your suggestion of the new top case for a solution to the right shift key problem. When I took apart the A1342 I found the keyboard connector was attached to the logic/motherboard (not sure which is correct) with scotch tape!
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Robin - if the key still physically appears to work but just doesn't send the signal, it is most likely going to need another top case.
Robin
2 years ago
I posted my question to the wrong macbook video. I have a late 2009 macbook with polycarbonate unibody and internal battery. One key (R-shift) does not function. I've checked universal access and keyboard features and everything is turned off or not selected as a function key. When I attach a wireless keyboard, the R-shift key works fine on the wireless keyboard. I'm trying to determine if this means I a). have a single R-shift key problem that can be fixed by replacing it or b). if it is a more complicated (expensive) problem like c). the motherboard or d)needs a new top case. The top case and motherboard were already replaced last year(2011) under warranty--after that is when the shift key stopped working. The hard drive and battery failed this year out of warrant and were replaced. The lack of a R-shift key makes it difficult to type and using a wireless keyboard long term is not an option. This video didn't seem to tell me when/how to replace the top case. Thanks
Lisa
2 years ago
I have a a1342 macbook. I would like to buy a logic board. Are the logic boards of the same make a1342 interchangeable?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Papa - the sleep light staying on is usually indicative of a logic board issue. I would first try reseating the RAM though just to make sure it isn't something simple.
Papa
2 years ago
I am uncertain if i have a broken logic board or top case. When the pc is turned on, the fan comes on and i can hear the HHD running, however there is no display and no sounds or chimes, the keyboard appears not to be working. The sleep light is remains on. Whats your take on this?
scorn
2 years ago
if i uy the top of the keyboard from this site does it come with those pad looking things they connect to the mobo in 2 diffent areas and are held to the keyboard with adhesive
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@scorn - based on your description that sounds like the speakers. Those come with the top case. You may be able to find them separate used, but I haven't seen them.
scorn
2 years ago
i took apart my laptop and noticed some weird looking pads atatched to the keyboard, they attach to mobo an one is directly under the shift button and the other is under the enter button can you tell me what this part is cuz its wire is riped
Mick
2 years ago
Thanks for that PM. It's actaully quite easy to change out the top case following the video (hint, make sure you have all the correct screwdrivers before starting :-(
Aivaras
2 years ago
I'm talking about PRAM Battery
Aivaras
2 years ago
I dissasemble my MacBook, but didn't find internal battery. Where it is? Thank you in advance :)
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Mick - yes, its pretty much a complete disassembly except for taking the display apart. You still have to take the display off the base, however.
Mick
2 years ago
Hi guys, great site. How do I replace the A1342 top case (keyboard). Your video doesn;t explain it. Do I have to pull it all apart?
juliana
2 years ago
Hello!on my mac doesnt work the screen ,and backlight,but all cables and screen is new,maybe problem is in inverter board?thanks
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Jason - you can do it without removing everything.
Jason
2 years ago
In order to remove the lcd screen, is removing the rest of the interior parts (logic board, hard drive, etc.) necessary, or can it be done without removing them?
Powerbook Medic
2 years ago
@Ken - its really best to replace the top case. If you can find just the keyboard for sale, you would have to get the top case off and remove all the screws on the underside.
Ken
2 years ago
how would I replace the keyboard on A1342 macbook. Do I need to take the back panel out and remove some screws or just pop open the top part?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@tomy - if you are referring to the key, you can just pop the key off and replace it.
tomy
3 years ago
i want to reapair my shift taste for my macbook what should i do?
VAGGELIS
3 years ago
HELLO I HAVE THE A1342 AND THE SCREEN IS BLACK.I CONECTET IT WITH MINI PORT TO EXTERNAL LCD AND IT IS OK. WHEN I OPEN A TORCH TO THE SCREEN OF MY MACBOOK I CAN SEE IT IS WORKING.THE PROBLEM IS THE BOARD OR THE LVDS Display Cable. THANK YOU.
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Geovany - you'll have to take it almost completely apart to do that. You'll need to get to the point of taking off the display, then you'll need to take out the LCD and cables.
Geovany Ortega
3 years ago
I Want To replace the "MacBook Back Case w/logo White 13", any vids on how to do that??
Michael
3 years ago
How do you reattach the screen? I can't get it to latch back on.
Jon
3 years ago
So to remove the LCD, I don't have to do the whole logic board removal etc? Its just the last step (unless of course I manage to unplug the display cable)
Riley Sykes
3 years ago
How would you upgrade the RAM? also, how much RAM is it capable of?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@Ken - the white bezel is held on by several plastic clips. It is best to detach the clips from the bezel and install them into the metal frame, then you can pop the bezel back on.
Ken
3 years ago
how do you re-attatch the white lcd bezel after it is removed if it is help on with adhesive tape?
Powerbook Medic
3 years ago
@greg - that usually means the display cable is not connected properly to the back of the LCD or the logic board on the other end.
greg
3 years ago
Just replaced my lcd screen but it is just blank. What did i do wrong?
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Terryl - Search for SKU1723312 in the Easy Search box at the top of the site. That should be what you need.
Terryl
4 years ago
How do i go about gettin an internal fan for my macbook ? I am not seing it in the store :(
Joe
4 years ago
Hi I have a macbook and water was spilled on it. It turns on, the fan spins, the light comes on, but nothing else. You can see that the screen is on, and there is a dark 3" band in the middle. So is it a LCD or logic board? thank you
Powerbook Medic
4 years ago
@Jason - We sell and most hardware stores sell a tri-wing screwdriver. It should be in the tools product list over to the right.
Jason
4 years ago
What size driver should I use for the tri-lobe/wing screws?
arthur
4 years ago
is there an easy way of removing and replacing the keyboard of the A1342, would i still have to remove logic board and hdd first?
arthur
4 years ago
is there an easy way of removing and replacing the keyboard of the A1342, would i still have to remove logic board and hdd first?
Kenneth Fate Jr
4 years ago
This is by far the best way to replace your LCD! Great job!
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