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    Late 2008 Macbook pro help
    I have a late 2008 MacBook Pro. I was having problems with the speakers sounding distorted and I read online about a fix you can do with rubber cement. I followed a guide on iFixit's website and put the glue on the speakers as I saw others do online. I waited a few hours and put the computer back together. At first it seemed like it worked, the speakers sounded great and I had no issues. Later in the day I moved my laptop and set it down and the wifi suddenly stopped working. It said something like "WiFi: No Hardware Installed". I did turned the computer off and opened it up to make sure nothing was loose or looked unusual. I then did some googling and tried a few fixes (resetting the NVRAM & SMC). I tried to turn the computer on again and it made no difference. I turned it off and turned it on again a few days later when I had time and now the computer won't even turn on. When I hit the power button it sounds like it's turning on and it does the "chime" noise but the screen remains black. I've tried a few things for this as well (PRAM & SMC reset) and nothing makes a difference. I think I obviously messed something up when I tried to fix the speaker but I don't know what or if it's fixable. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Late 2008 Macbook pro help
    chscag's Avatar
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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
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    Welcome to our forums.

    The best suggestion I have for you is to take the machine apart again and check to see if everything is as it should be. Use the ifixit site as a guide. You have to consider that a 2008 machine is 10 years old and what has happened may just be coincidental. I don't see how putting glue on the speaker cones could impact the WiFi or cause the machine not to come on.

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    Late 2008 Macbook pro help
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    Jan 01, 2009
    Winchester, VA
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    Maybe in the disassembly, reassembly process(es) you broke, cut, pinched, failed to connect something internally. Then when you moved it, that something stopped working. As Charlie suggested, I would go over what you did painstakingly, checking every cable and connector for proper installation and inspecting for any breaks or kinks.

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