I have an A1369 Macbook Air (mid 2011 13 inch model).

It appears that the backlight fuse is blown. I have some hypotheses as to why that happened, but before pluging a new fuse back in, I would like to make sure the short to ground is gone.

How can I test whether there is still a short to ground ? More specifically, where should I point the probes in my multimeter on the motherboard ?

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Bring it to a repair shop. Poking a motherboard in general is extremely dangerous for the components. You may further break things in the process.

If you do accept this risk and wish to continue... It would seem to be pretty hard. Apple, being Apple, doesn't label anything on the board. Based on some motherboard pictures on eBay, you'd probably want to use the ground pin from one of the other peripheral connectors (which have good data sheets with pinouts) and hope that everything is on the same ground bus (which I think is true). If you know/suspect what caused the shortage, see if any of its pins beep the meter. There should be one (the ground pin). If any others do, that indicates a short (unless there are two+ ground connectors, like on Thunderbolt).

TL;DR: You should probably have a repair shop check, and it's pretty hard to check it yourself.

  • Thanks for your answer. So I understand how to find a ground pin. But then how to find a "positive" pin ? Mar 18, 2017 at 12:47
  • Any fuse is probably connected through the positive side, and you could again probably borrow a pin from an internal connector of some kind.
    – Kisa Ayano
    May 6, 2017 at 2:06

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