Thanks for reading the main macbook write up. In the following paragraphs, I’ll explain the nitty gritty of the mod and write it as a skilled grammarian would write. I have a comedic youtube video of the mod that I will post as well.
The parts I used were obtained primarily through ebay, while the hard drive (hdd) was scalped from newegg. My main goal was to get a working, genuine, mac for as cheap as possible. As a commenter pointed out, most of the broken logic boards have problems with battery charging or a USB port not working or other hardware problems.
The parts list:
-Logic board – A1181, 13.3″ white, 2.0 Ghz macbook, horizontal configuration – $165 through ebay from hammerhead tech
-Horizontal heatsink (included a fan built into it) – Came with logic board
-Wireless WIFI Card AR5BXB6, A1181, 13.3 macbook – Came with logic board
-Wireless antenna (2) – $4 from ebay
-Magsafe DC connector for the logic board – Came with the logic board
-Magsafe 60W power adapter – $24 from ebay
-iSight/Mic with data cable A1181, 13.3 macbook – $5.95 from ebay
-BT 2.0 Bluetooth Board with antenna – $.99 from ebay
-1GB of DDR 667 Ram – My alter ego (best friend) had 2 spare 512MB sticks that he donated to the cause
-Fujitsu MHW2160BJ 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5″ SATA 3.0Gb/s – $50 from newegg
-Hard drive cable – $.99 from ebay
-The keyboard portion of a 13.3″ A1181 white macbook – $11 from ebay
-Mini DVI to VGA adapter (I have a DVI adapter as well) – $14 from fry’s electronics
-Linksys Router (2) – Already had them
-Piece of Plexiglas – Already had it
The logic board is labeled surprisingly well, although I did look at a schematic a few times to verify that each slot was what its short acronym described it as. Most of the connectors would fit into only one socket, but better safe than sorry in this instance.
Do a test run with all the components hooked up and the keyboard plugged in. At this point, it is the closest it will be to its original form factor. You are going to need to connect the system to another mac and share the optical drive (unless you connected an optical drive to the board). The reason for this is that you need to get leopard onto the hdd. The method I used for this was firewire target disk mode (google should be able to help).
After you have OS X installed, you need to change one system setting before you can hack up the keyboard connector and make your custom power cable. Under power settings, “power up after power failure” needs to be set. Now you’ll need to clip off the other track pad connector and leave the smaller of the two. If you trace the leads from the power button on the top of the keyboard, you’ll see that it leads back to the fourth wire from ground. On the photo below, it is the fourth connector up from the bottom. You just need to solder a wire to this wire and then one to the jagged part (it’ll be ground) and then connect these to your switch. Once you have a good connection (the 4th pin connector is ridiculously small-break out your soldering compressor-removing the other pins is also helpful), then connect your magsafe to power and press your power button; your system should turn back on. The final bit of advice is to never shut down, doing so will cause it to not boot up again unless you hook up another keyboard. So just stick to restarting and then pulling the magsafe connection and you’ll be fine. I will post more detailed pics in the morning. I’ll also post the video then as well.
I hope this helps anyone who might be attempting a macbook mod of their own. Good luck with your mods.