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  • The power-on pads of both models A1342 work fine. But like I said, none of the A1181 pads work except 2009 2.0 and 2.13GHZ. I'm not sure what you mean about shorting the pins on a keyboard -- the reason people use power-on pads is when the keyboar…
  • They all have power-on pads but only the ones on 2009 2.13 and 2GHZ actually work. If I remember right, they are about an inch to the left of where the topcase/keyboard connector is. 2006-2008 have them, but again, they are inactive. On these mod…
  • No, I don't know anyone who would do it for free, and without having an understanding of why they are even doing it. You should probably check out Louis Rossmann's Discord, he has a very active community over there.
  • Hi Bernie! If you read the listing of the laptop you purchased, it specifically states that it does NOT work with FaceTime or other modern apps because it is a vintage laptop that only runs an older OS. I would recommend 2012 or newer so that you h…
    in Face Time Comment by John January 15
  • The keyboard cable is the fat cable coming down from the keyboard and connecting to the middle of the trackpad. I don't have one, so I don't know where the pads are on this model...you might want to check out pads for similar Airs and see if they ar…
  • Even if I had them I couldn't legally post them here. Honestly, if you're trying to get people to help you, it would benefit you to be clearer about why you are doing this. Nobody is going to have answers to these obscure questions, especially if y…
  • You state "power on problems", but what symptoms are you seeing? Do you get any signs of life? Do you have a light on the AC adapter? Anything on the screen, like a faint image? When you connect power, does the fan spin? You should rem…
  • I don't think it's possible to predict exactly what the damage would be....destruction is not an exact science. If you throw a television off the top of a building, you can't predict exactly the way it's going to break into a thousands pieces, and …
  • Hi! There are a million ways a board can be damaged, and I don't think the damage or the solution is specifically discernible with the info you have provided, and without actually having the board and testing it. The only pads that should be jumpe…
  • Hey Mark! Thanks for the post! I've gotten rid of most of the hardware from that video. I do have an Apple IIe color composite monitor that I could sell for $300 shipped if that was of interest. Has yellowing, but good condition. As for the que…
  • No problem, and good luck!
  • If that one is a 2018, how does it have Sierra on it? A Mac will not run an OS that is older than the one it came with.
  • That's just an account login. The machine appears to have Sierra on it (you can see the default background)...it takes a T2 chip (which it has if it's 2018) + Catalina to be activation locked. Does it let you boot to an external device? If it doe…
  • Thanks for the post! I don't know what you mean by "network account feature"...are you talking about activation lock? If you could post a picture, that might help. Keep in mind the DFU method can potentially remove a firmware lock and w…
  • Glad that was it! Yeah it's funny how the pads "hide in plain sight" and are even labeled! But with so much going on and with such a big board they are hard to spot.
  • Thanks for the post! I will need to verify on a real board to be sure, but I think it is where I circled in this image:(Image)
  • Thanks for the post! Unfortunately even if a 2012 fit in a 2009, all of the cabling is completely different, so it wouldn't be functional at all.
  • Hi! I apologize for the delay -- I somehow missed your question. El Capitan is the latest it can take. This document has the download link: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206886
  • Hi, and thanks for the post! Just a standard USB-C cable. I wish I had more interesting news to report, but I have not tried with a 2012, only an additional USB-C machine, in my case a 2016. It may work, but I haven't tried it. I just checked th…
  • Given it's a 2009 board, I wouldn't put more effort into it at this point. It's barely worth $10 as a dead board, so it's certainly not worth paying anyone to fix. I'd suggest searching eBay for replacement boards, which you might be able to find …
    in Board repair Comment by John August 2020
  • Thanks for the post! Heating up the board in an oven can be used to deal with certain kinds of board issues, but it requires a specific kind of oven, and it does not solve the most typical board defects. I would recommend clicking on the "Pow…
    in Board repair Comment by John August 2020
  • Good to hear!
  • Hi! Thanks for the post, but for the most part I do not sell parts. I would suggest searching eBay, or posting on the "MacProUpgrade" Facebook group.
  • Thanks for the post, and I'm glad you're getting into repair! I do not sell wholesale broken items. I buy from recyclers, and I would suggest also buying from electronics recyclers as I describe in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5kd…
  • Thanks for the post, but unfortunately I have never dealt with Thunderbolt monitors. Maybe someone on the site will see your question and answer. The one question I would ask is, have you verified that the thunderbolt port on your computer is stil…
  • Thanks for the post! Lots of retina models do have power-on-pads...unfortunately I've been lazy about updating the site. Additionally, I have never owned a 2017, so that is not a laptop I've had the ability to test with yet. I did a quick Google …
  • Thanks! Not sure why you think I'd need to lie. Let me know what MacBook you have (year, model) and I'll make upgrade suggestions.
  • To be honest, I don't even know what that is.
  • Hi! SSDs fail...it's probably not worth the effort trying to determine what went wrong. I have a dozen SSDs I use daily for imaging laptops, and I probably replace 2-3 a year due to failure. They are more reliable than mechanical drives, but they…
  • Hello! You know, I have never used one so I really have no idea. Cool concept though. I would contact the manufacturer about stability. Perhaps you can buy one from a place with a good return policy, so if it doesn't meet your needs you can retu…