Express Card

ExpressCard has replaced the PCMCIA card cage. The ExpressCard standard supports two sizes cards, 34mm and 54mm width. MacBook Pro supports the 34mm standard. Unlike the previous PCMCIA design, there is no eject button. The card itself is used to engage and disengaged itself from the card cage. In some designs like Ethernet ExpressCard, the card stick out beyond the card cage. It is easy to push on the card to release it. Other cards will be flush with the MacBook Pro enclosure and will take a...

Flashing question mark appears on the screen

Note This system will only boot the Mac OS X system that shipped with this computer or later. It does not support booting into Mac OS 9. 1. Start up from the MacBook Pro Mac OS X Install Disc 1 DVD that came with the computer (hold down the C key during restart). 2. When the Installer opens, from the Installer menu under Utilities, select Disk Utility. 3. When the Disk Utility opens, on the left hand side, all disk and volumes are listed. If you don't see the internal hard drive, the system is...

Wire and Flex Cables

With the very thin enclosure design and dispersed circuit board, a large number of flex cables are used in this computer. In addition, there are a variety of wire cable harnesses as well. Many of these cables carry multiple types of signals. Here is a list of the cables and the signals that run across them. If you notice a group of functions not working, it is likely that the cable is not properly inserted or the connector is damaged. SuperDrive data, power, and control signals (cable select...

Universal Binary

Universal binary is a Mac OS X application created by a developer who modifies and recompiles an application so it runs natively on either a PowerPC-based or Intel-based Mac. This application can run on older systems and the new MacBook Pro. A universal binary application can work directly with the Core Duo microprocessor. As discussed in the following section, older non-nativve PowerPC applications can still run on MacBook Pro, but requires a Mac OS X technology called Rosetta to translate for...

Replacement Procedure

When replacing the keyboard, here are some key points to ensure Prevention of scratches to the cosmetics of the top case All tabs are properly seated Cable connectors are not damaged and cables are secure Kapton tape is applied as before Insulator film is correctly installed 1. Before replacing or installing a replacement keyboard, verify that the four bend-tabs along the bottom edge of the keyboard, are straight and parallel with the bottom edge two are shown close-up, below . Important Do not...

Part Location

Hold the display assembly up on one side and firmly push near the middle with your thumbs on the edge bead to disengage the rear housing from tabs on the side of the bezel. Note You will not fully disengage the housing from the bezel at this point. 3. Repeat this process on the other side of the display. Note If one side will not release, work from the other side. Use a black stick to carefully work around the clutch-side corners on both sides. Important The grey trim bead is part of the...

A USB port is not recognizing devices

Completely shut down, then press the power button to start the computer. 2. Use Software Update system preferences to verify that the latest software is installed. 3. For USB, test ports with an Apple keyboard or mouse. If the left port is not recognized check the Left I O flex cable's condition and connection. 4. If the USB flex cable is fine, replace the Left I O board for the left USB port or the main logic board for the right port. 5. Use Apple System Profiler to verify that the computer...

Restart dialog box appears Mac OS X kernel panic window or Gray screen during startup

Hold down the Power button for several seconds or press the Restart button. Veuillez red marrer votre ordinateur. Maintenez la touche de d marrage enfonc e pendant plusieurs secondes ou bien appuvez sur Se bouton de r initialisation, Sie m ssen Ihren Computer neu starten. Halten Sie dazu die Einschalttaste einige Sekunden gedr ckt oder dr cken Sie die Neu start-Taste.

Clutch Cover

The Airport antenna window is the grey area of the clutch cover. Once the clutch cover is removed, look down into the cover to locate five screws that secure the antenna window, and remove. 2. Slide the antenna window from the clutch cover, carefully guide out the cable, and remove the AirPort antenna assembly. Replacement Note Insert the antenna assembly into the keyed channel in the antenna window. Guide the cable into and out the end of the clutch cover as you slide the window onto the cover...

Display latch not working

Note When the display is being closed, two latch hooks in the top of the display housing should be magnetically pulled down through the slots in the top case and secured by the latch mechanism. When the latch button is pushed, the hook should release and retract into the display housing. 1. See the Latch Adjustment chapter in the Adjustments section of this service manual to verify the latch mechanism and latch hook operation and make adjustments, if necessary. 2. If the latch hook is broken,...

No display or dim display but can display external video

Remove any connected peripherals. 2. Try adjusting the brightness using the F2 function key. 3. Open Display system preference panel and check brightness. If works, replace keyboard. 4. Check connection of the inverter cable to the main logic board. 5. Check inverter cable connection to the inverter board and the inverter to the LCD cable connection. 7. Replace display rear housing which includes the inverter cable assembly, or replace separately if available

Distorted sound from speakers

Verify sound is correct with external speakers headphones. If sound is correct, check speaker wire and connections. 2. In Sound system preference pane, check balance. 3. Compare same sound with two different units to make sure that sound is actually distorted. 4. Check speaker wire. If damaged, replace speaker assembly. 5. If the distortion is coming from the right speaker with sound balance shifted toward the left, remove the right speaker. Check the gasket in the speaker housing, if the...

Internal hard drive will not initialize

Make sure the hard drive is a cable select drive set as a master 0 . 2. Start up from the MacBook Pro Mac OS X install Disk 1 disc that came with the computer hold down the C key during restart . 3. When the Installer opens, from the Installer menu, select Open Disk Utility. 4. If the hard drive is recognized, format it under the Erase tab. 5. If the hard drive is not recognized, reseat the hard drive flex cable, or replace if needed. 6. If still not recognized, replace the hard drive. 7....

No response from any key on keyboard

Remove any connected peripherals and eject any ExpressCard. 2. If only numbers shows up, check if NUM lock F6 is engaged. 3. Attach an external USB keyboard, if it doesn't work, go to step 6. 4. Turn off the computer. Check the keyboard flex cable connection to the trackpad, and the trackpad flex cable connection to the main logic board especially check the connectors for damage . 5. Start up from the MacBook Pro Mac OS X Install 1 DVD that came with the computer hold down the C key during...

Power Button pads on logic board

Button The Logic Board

With the top case removed, the power button is disconnected. Instead of having to reconnect the top case to turn on the system, there are two pads on the logic board that can be shorted across with a tool like a flat blade screwdriver to act as the power button. These pads are located near the edge of the logic board, just above center of the hard drive. It is marked POWER BUTTON. The pads are separated with a vertical white line.

Camera image quality poor

Verify that the lens assembly for the iSight camera is clean. Fingerprints and other contaminants can affect image quality. Clean the lens using a lint free lens cleaning cloth being while being careful not to scratch the lens. Verify that there is sufficient lighting to produce a good quality image. Lighting which is comparable to that found in a well lit office will product a good quality image. If possible, avoid having a brightly lit background. Diffused lighting is preferred over direct...

Procedure

Disconnect the cable from the logic board. 2. Pry up the backup battery from the bottom case. 3. Disconnect the cable connector. Note Using a metal needle-point probe may be helpful. 3. Disconnect the cable connector. Note Using a metal needle-point probe may be helpful. 4. To install, remove the adhesive protector and press the backup battery into place in the same location that it was removed. 5. Connect the cable to the logic board. Note The connector is keyed. For reinstalling, note its...

Display Rear Housing

Warning If replacing the Display Rear Housing, the correct housing must be ordered to match the installed Display Panel, or damage can result. Before ordering, remove the rear housing and check the manufacturer of the display panel, such as Samsung or Chi Mei the name will be on a label somewhere on the back examples shown below . Order the rear housing for the display panel manufacturer, only. This procedure requires the following tools 0 Phillips screwdriver magnetized Black stick nylon probe...

Battery will not pop up

Flip over the unit and slide the battery latches. 2. If the battery does not pop up, use a small plastic flat-blade tool to pry up the battery around the battery latch. 4. Verify proper latch operation, by exercising the latch. If it does not move smoothly or evenly, replace the bottom case. 5. If the latch does exercise correctly, verify that the customer is not installing the battery with excessive force or the body of the battery has not been deformed around its perimeter. Warning If the...

Fire Wire port is not recognizing devices

Note In FireWire Target Disk Mode, MacBook Pro cannot be mounted on systems with Mac OS X 10.3.9 or earlier. Refer to Knowledge Base article 303118, Intel-based Macs About using Target Disk Mode with Mac OS X 10.3.9 or earlier. 1. Test the FireWire port by connecting to another computer using FireWire Target Disk Mode. Refer to Knowledge Base article 58583 How to Use FireWire Target Disk Mode. 2. Verify that drivers are installed properly for third party, if needed. 3. Make sure the cable is...