MacBook Air A2337 camera not detected after history of liquid damage repair

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MacBook Air A2337 camera not detected after history of liquid damage repair
Device MacBook Pro A2337
Affects part(s) Motherboard, Camera, Display assembly
Needs equipment
Difficulty ◉◉◉◌ Hard
Type Soldering, Part replacement

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Problem description

No camera detected after a history of liquid damage on the 820-02016 logic board.


Detail all measurable or observable symptoms in this section.

  • Camera not detected.
  • Possible signs of liquid damage.
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Diagnostic Steps

Corroded TCON connector with corresponding short on the display (LP670 will also be blown)

  • Check continuity on LP670.
  1. Place your multimeter in continuity mode and measure across the component. LP670 is a filter, so it is essentially a wire.
  2. Your reading should be close to 0.01. You will often find this component visually exploded/burned with adjacent trace damage. Usually, there will also be corrosion on the display camera connector which will require replacement of the connector and sometimes the entire display assembly (left side of the primary display connector).
  3. If LP670 measures normally, proceed to the next steps. If LP670 is blown or burned, proceed to the "LP670 blown or visibly burned repair steps" below.

Blown 5v supply filter (LP670)

  • Always inspect the camera connector/cable on the display if this filter is blown.
  • Check camera function with a KNOWN GOOD display.
  1. You don't have a board issue until you know you don't have a parts issue.
  2. If LP670 measures normally, test with a known good display and display cable, or place the board in a known good housing.
  3. If the camera works normally with a different screen/enclosure, the display is the issue and will need to be replaced. BE SURE TO CHECK LP610 FIRST!

Repair Steps

LP610 blown or visibly burned

Understand that this fault occurred because of a catastrophic short within the TCON board of the display. If you replace LP670 without addressing the display issue, LP670 will fail again.

  • Generally, when LP670 blows, there will be corresponding pad and trace damage, and jumper wires will usually be required. 36 or 37 AWG enamel-coated copper wire is recommended for jumper wires in this application due to the power requirements of the webcam and ambient light sensor, which are both powered off this filter.
  1. The recommended jumper point for the input side of the LP670 (PP5v_S2) is CP717. Ensure you have continuity between PP5v_S2 and LP670.
  2. Using conformal coating on the jumper wire is strongly recommended.
  3. Use a 120 Ohm ferrite filter rated for 1.5 amps in a 402 package size only, preferably from a donor board. Do not substitute a resistor, wire, or fuse.
  4. After LP670 is replaced, and jumper wires are run as needed, replace the display assembly or replace the camera connectors on both the cable side and TCON board side on the display. If any internal layer damage is noted to the TCON board or camera cable, replace the display assembly.

Only a display for an A2337 MacBook Pro should be used. An older display for an Intel-based MacBook Air will not work and may cause further damage.