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I accidentally ripped it when removing an old hard drive. Now the computer won't power up. What is it and can it be replaced?

Photo of bottom of MacBook with battery removed

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The orangey cable? I can't say exactly what it does, but it's clearly a data cable of some sort, and so an integral component.

You might want to look through a complete tear-down on ifixit.com, which might identify it. You're unlikely to find that as a spare part, unless you buy another similar model (eBay 'For Spares') and strip out the part you need.

Given the age of the Mac, you might be better off putting money into a newer model. A 2009 or higher MacBook would give you significantly better hardware, more compatible with newer software and hardware.

  • Thanks a lot. I'm gonna keep looking for the part. I have a 2014 MBP as my main computer. I was trying to install Linux Mint on this one to use for other things. I'd like it not to go to waste. – David Bonin Jan 25 at 14:43

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