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For that Mac, the thunderbolt port is a part of the motherboard (on the left, 3rd from the top): So unless you're able to source the parts, perform a package exchange that clearly is a machine solder and then test things, the most economical repair would be to exchange change the whole motherboard. As long as there is no physical damage inside, this would ...
Looks like Apple iPhone Bluetooth headset. Link to Apple site
While I'm sure it IS possible to just replace the thunderbolt port it would be labor intensive and a specialized procedure. So yes, this is a replace the entire logic board procedure. Apple DOES offer a flat rate repair service for out of warranty Macs though. They talk about it a little bit in their KB article - AppleCare Direct Mail-In Repair Serivce - ...
Thunderbolt and USB are quite different protocols, so you can't just use a cable -- it would need to have active electronics in it to convert between the protocols. And that means it would cost a lot more than a cheap commodity USB hub and so no one would buy it -- they'd just get a hub instead. If you're concerned about the power drain, get a powered USB ...
This is the iPhone Bluetooth Headset, discontinued March 2009. The support page for the hardware is: http://www.apple.com/uk/support/headset/
Generally all changes you made yourself are not liked at Apple. They cancel your guarantee. But I don't think I will be an issue other than that. They will probably just replace it. I wouldn't tell them though, that you made these changes, because depending on how nice the person you get to repair your MacBook is, he'll maybe just ignore that you modified ...
As a matter of fact "Kanex" the only company I know of that offers "true" adapters put their Thunderbolt to eSATA + USB 3.0 adapter on the market 18 hours ago, at a price point of 69.95$
Buyer beware since this is a total ripoff. I bought one of these overpriced MacBook Pro QCard2 – 3 Port for $149, which turned out to be a used late 2013 13″ MacBook Pro Retina airport/bluetooth card. iFixIt has these for $79.95, so I got ripped off by these bozos.
The most likely cause would be the fan causing the noise. See this post from bMike 'Is it possible to install an SSD ...imac' where he points out that "..the immediate downsides - You will need special tools and be handling some delicate parts. Also, there is concern that the temperature sensing since the 2009 model iMac causes the fans to run faster with ...
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