Mac Book Pro Firmware Updates

Firmware is the name given to software that is written into memory circuits such as flash memory, that will hold the software code indefinitely, even when power is removed from the hardware. Firmware on Intel Mac computers is designed to be updated if necessary through a software update. EFI and SMC firmware is stored on the MacBook Pro's logic board. EFI firmware updates update the Boot ROM, and SMC Updates update the System Management Controller firmware. The SMC manages fans and other...

Preliminary Step

Before you begin, check the foot location that needs replacement and verify that the case plug is attached. Also verify that the case plug, and the case foot in the kit, match the pictures below. Before you begin, check the foot location that needs replacement and verify that the case plug is attached. Also verify that the case plug, and the case foot in the kit, match the pictures below. Replace the bottom case, or send to Apple Repair Center. Continue with the procedure, matching the foot to...

Identifying the Mac Book Pro inch GHz

Below are external views of the MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.4 2.2GHz) which has no external features that differentiate it from its predecessor, the MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo). Left side MagSafe power connector USB, microphone, headphone ports ExpressCard34 slot Right side Security lock slot USB, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, Ethernet and DVI video ports Rear Same wider rear venting as the previous MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo). The Serial Number and Ethernet ID are located in the battery bay.

Battery will not pop up

Flip over the unit and slide the battery latches to their full extent. 2. If the battery does not pop up, use a small plastic flat-blade tool to pry up the battery around the battery latch. If the battery is swollen, replace the battery. See below. 4. Verify proper latch operation by exercising the latch. If it does not move smoothly or evenly, try disassembling the battery latch. Check that the spring held between the latch cover and the battery latch pin is intact. 6. If the latch does...

Flashing question mark appears on the screen

Note This system will only boot with the version of 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, select Disk Utility from the Installer menu under Utilities. 3. When Disk Utility opens, all mounted disk and volumes will be listed on the left hand side. If you don't see the internal hard...

Part Location

Remove the four 4.2mm Torx T6 screws and single 4mm hex stando . 2. Lift the board assembly from the right side and slide away from the port openings. 2. Lift the board assembly from the right side and slide away from the port openings. Note The ExpressCard cage is attached to the left I O board. 4. Disconnect the flex cable. Note The new left I O board for the MacBook Pro 2.4 2.2GHz now has EMI mylar film on the bottom of the board. Leave the film in place. 7. Replacement Note Transfer the...

Temperature Concerns

The customer may perceive this system to run hotter than previous models. However, the normal operating temperature is well within national and international safety standards. Still, customers may be concerned about the heat generated by their machine. To prevent an unnecessary repair, you can compare a customer's computer to a running model, if available, at your repair site. For more information on temperature concerns and customer perception, refer to Knowledge Base article 30612 Apple...

Replacing the Bluetooth cable

To remove or replace the Bluetooth cable, gently pry up adhesive using a black stick. 2. Disconnect the other end of the cable as shown. 2. Disconnect the other end of the cable as shown. Quick Check Use Apple System Profiler to see if Bluetooth HCI appears under the USB Bus tab in the USB device section.

To remove the left ambient light sensor board

Remove the Phillips screw and dust cover. 2. Disconnect the JST connector on the logic board to the right of the fan. 3. Peel the ALS cable away from the fan, taking care to preserve the adhesive for future use. 4. Pry up the sensor board to release its adhesive and remove it from the speaker. 4. Pry up the sensor board to release its adhesive and remove it from the speaker. Reinstallation Note When reinstalling the dust cover, carefully blow off any dust and gently clean the lens with a...

The optical drive does not accept CD or DVD discs mechanical failure

Verify that the media is not warped and is a standard 12 cm circular disc. 2. Check for a small non-standard disc or other foreign object stuck inside. Remove the optical drive from the system to extract a stuck disc. See Removing a stuck disk in the optical drive chapter of the take apart section. 3. Verify that the disc is pushed almost all the way into the slot. 4. Check that the optical drive flex cable is undamaged and properly installed. If damaged, try replacing the flex cable.

Sleep LED does not come on when lid is closed

Put the computer to sleep using the menu option. If the sleep LED goes on, the computer is not detecting a closed display. If the LED does not go on, skip to step 3. 2. Place a magnet over the sleep sensor board in the top case. If the system goes to sleep, replace the magnet in the display housing. 3. Check that the sleep sensor in the top case is plugged in. 4. Check that the sleep LED is plugged into the logic board. 5. Connect a USB mouse. Short the power on pads on the logic board to...

To remove the right speaker

Remove all components listed on the first page of this chapter. Note that the display need not be removed to remove the speakers. 2. Gently begin to pull the first few inches of speaker wire leading from the left speaker to the right away from the adhesive on the left side of the bottom case. 3. Use a black stick to carefully pry the wire out from under the brackets securing the wire to the rear of the bottom case. Push out and down to avoid nicking the wire's insulation. 4. Remove the Torx...

Air Port connection is slow

Move computer closer to the AirPort Base Station or other AirPort device. 2. Check the number of users trying to use AirPort in the area. Too many users may be accessing the network at the same time, causing heavy network traffic. To improve network connection speed, add additional AirPort Base Stations. 3. Check for other changes in the environment that may cause interference with the AirPort signal. For more information, consult Knowledge Base article 58543 AirPort Potential sources of...

Display has repetitive patterns or shifting color pattern

Check for the latest system software update. 2. Check that the LVDS connection is fully seated on the logic board. 3. Remove the display housing and check that the flex connection is properly inserted, aligned and seated in its connector on the panel. Misalignment can cause multiple video issues. During insertion, the connector should be perfectly straight, not at an angle, and the Correct Insertion Incorrect Insertion Correct Insertion Correct Insertion Incorrect Insertion Correct Insertion...

Power Button pads on logic board

Macbook Pro Left Corner

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 lower edge of the logic board between the RAM slots and the upper left corner of the optical drive. The two pads are separated with a horizontal white line and bracketed by another line that leads to the...

The computer will not power on no sleep light no fan movement no hard drive spinup no Caps Lock LED illumination when

Note After each step, check that the system is not supplying power to the logic board. If you see the sleep LED come on or the Caps Lock LED illuminate when the key is pressed, then the system is indeed drawing power. In this case, hold down the power button for six seconds to insure the system is shut down before working on the machine. At this point, the issue is no longer a 'No Power, No Video' problem. Move on to the Power, but No Video troubleshooting section. Note Examine the display...

Swollen battery

The computer may not run off battery power alone The computer wobbles and won't sit flat on a flat surface The trackpad button is continually pressed and doesn't release in this case, test by removing the battery to see if the trackpad button functionality returns . A swollen battery can also expand and cause the battery case to become unglued, exposing the cells. Though there are currently no safety concerns regarding handling a swollen battery, use common sense. 2. If the bulged battery will...

JST Connectors

Macbook Jst Connectors

To disconnect a JST connector in the MacBook Pro, firmly hold the cables near the connector and lift directly up out of the enclosure with a gentle tug. Note The following tools may also be helpful in safely disconnecting and lifting JST connectors. Note The following tools may also be helpful in safely disconnecting and lifting JST connectors. 2. To reseat or reconnect a JST connector, use a black stick or your finger to snap it into place, making sure the connector sits perfectly flat and...

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The Date and Time settings reset repeatedly

Note Resetting the power manager and or PRAM resets the date and time. The MacBook Pro uses a non-rechargeable lithium battery. Perform a Shut Down from the Apple menu. Remove the main battery and disconnect the power adapter for 10 minutes. Connect the power adapter, insert the battery, and power on the computer. If the date and time were lost the backup battery may be dead or discharged. Remove main battery from the unit and leave it plugged in for at least 5 hours. Feet came off the bottom...

The battery wont charge

Remove any externally connected peripherals. 2. Try a known-good power outlet. 3. Connect a known-good MagSafe 85W power adapter with power cord or plug. If the DC plug is properly inserted, the LED should light up. If not, troubleshoot the MagSafe connection and power adapter. If the LED is green, turn over the computer and press the battery button. The battery lights should glow green and stay on if the power adapter is operating correctly. 4. Try a known-good battery. If it charges,...

Macbook Pro Fan Location

Jst Connectors Macbook Pro

There is a notch in the logic board that allows you to tuck the cable underneath it and next to the frame during replacement. 2. Disconnect the JST cable connector from the logic board. Note See the following section for information on inserting and removing JST connectors. 3. To remove the battery, use a black stick to pry it away from the bottom case, taking care to preserve the adhesive backing for reuse if necessary. 4. To install the replacement backup...

Wire and Flex Cables

Because of its extremely thin enclosure design and dispersed circuit board, the MacBook Pro utilizes a large number of flex cables and variety of wire cable harnesses. 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 info Hard drive power...

No response from keys on the keyboard

Remove any connected peripherals and eject any ExpressCard. 2. If only numbers show up, check if NUM lock F6 is engaged. 3. Go to Apple System Profiler and look under the USB Bus tab in the USB device section. If you see Apple internal keyboard trackpad, go to step 6. 4. Attach an external USB keyboard. If the external keyboard doesn't work, go to step 6. 5. Turn off the computer. Check the keyboard flex cable connection to the trackpad and the trackpad flex cable connection to the main...

The microphone is not working

Check the Sound system preference pane and verify that the selection under the Input tab is built-in microphone. 2. Check the signal level and level meter and adjust the gain. 3. Reset PRAM shutdown the computer, press the power button, then hold down the Command-Option-P-R keys simultaneously until you hear the startup chime at least one additional time after the initial startup chime . 4. If there is no sound output from the internal speaker nor is the microphone working, verify all cable...

To remove the right fan

Macbook Pro Replacement Fan

Remove the three Torx T6 screws shown below. 2. Remove any Kapton tape, if necessary, and disconnect the fan cable JST connector shown below by holding the cable just next to the connector and gently tugging straight up. 3. Lift the fan up and to the right, carefully peeling the tape away from the heatsink, preserving the tape for reuse during reinstallation.

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. Boot from the MacBook Pro Mac OS X Install Disc 1 which came with the system hold down C key while booting . Select the desired language. Select Disk...

Startup Sequence

The Intel-based MacBook Pro starts up very much like the previous professional Macintosh notebook computers. If power is available to the system from the battery and or AC power adapter, pushing the power button will boot the system and begin the boot process. The screen will stay dark. The sleep LED will glow solid. This will last a few seconds. As the system boots, a power-on self test POST will be performed. See POST Error Codes listed later for failure results. If the system is not muted,...

Internal hard drive not recognized

Boot from the MacBook Pro Mac OS X Install Disc 1 which came with the system hold down C key while booting . 2. If not the primary boot volume, use Apple System Profiler to check under 'Hardware Serial-ATA' option to see if the system recognizes the hard drive hardware. 3. Check the SMART status. If the status is 'About to Fail' or 'Failing,' replace the hard drive. 4. Reseat the hard drive flex cable. 5. Check the hard drive flex cable for damaged connectors a connector peeled off the flex...

PowerOn Self Test POST Error Codes

The computer automatically performs a power-on self test when it is turned on after being fully shut down not a restart . This section describes what to do if you hear beeps during startup. When this occurs, the sleep LED will stay on, occasionally flashing. MacBook Pro relies on a combination of tones and blinking sleep LEDs to display power-on self test POST error codes. If the computer detects no SDRAM Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory also referred to as RAM , or the RAM installed...

Display has permanent vertical or horizontal lines

Check for the latest System software update 2. Remove the display housing and check that the flex connection is properly inserted, aligned and seated in its connector on the panel. Misalignment can cause multiple video issues. During insertion, the connector should be perfectly straight, not at an angle, and the connector should slide into its mate in a flat position, parallel to the LCD panel, not obliquely. See illustration below. Correct Insertion Incorrect Insertion Correct Insertion...