UPDATE: No Apple Parts?

If you read my original post, you know I was in need of a left I/O board for my MacBook Pro. The new piece arrived yesterday and, let me tell you, was it a pain to install. I figured if I could replace my own hard drive, this couldn’t be any harder, right? Wrong.

I had to take out the left fan assembly, left speaker casing, remove the airport card, pull off about 12 connectors and then put everything back together with the new part installed.

All while making sure I didn’t break any circuit boards, destroy cables and generally make sure I didn’t wreck my $2k computer.

When all was said and done, it took me about 45 minutes from start to finish. Yes, it was scary to do that kind of work on a laptop I don’t have the money to fix if I made it worse. But I did what I had to do, and the battery will once again charge.

I’ve never been happier to see that small green light. Thanks to pbparts.com for the board, and ifixit.com for the instructions.

Job well done.