How long do you think you could get by without the use of your command key? i know that personally, a broken command key would make me crazy, because Im addicted to keyboard shortcuts. Well, if your command key, or any other function of your keyboard is busted, the fix might just be replacing your upper case. Unlike earlier versions of the Macbook Pro, the Unibody versions have the keyboard integrated into the uppercase, so replacing the keyboard means replacing the upper case. Hi, Im mj with iFixit, and today Im going to show you.
How to replace the upper case in 13 unibody macbook pro. this tutorial is a great overview of the process, but of course, when youre performing your repair, youll want to follow the stepbystep instructions in the repair guide on our site. The one Im working on is a mid 2011 version, and while the process is very similar for the earlier iterations, there are enough differences that you definitely need to be following the repair guide. This is probably the most involved repair one can perform on this computer, but.
Its totally feasible if you can carve out an hour or so to do it. that being said, im going to get my parts and tools together so I can get started. For this repair I am going to need: Spudger Plastic Opening Tools Phillips 00 Screwdriver T6 Torx Screwdriver T8 Torx Screwdriver Triwing Y1 Screwdriver Rather than getting all the separate screwdrivers.
I’m going to go ahead and use my 54 piece bit driver kit. because it has all the bits that I need to get the job done. Of course your also going to need your replacement upper case, and although it is not necessary, I am going to use a screw tray. There are a lot of tiny screws involved, and I want to make sure to keep them all organized. So to get started I’m going to go ahead and remove the lower case that is held in place by all of these phillips screws along.
The bottom. okay so with the bottom off, we can see all of the guts in the Macbook pro. Before I go any further I am going to disconnect the battery from the logic board, Because we want to make sure that there is no residual electricity running through the machine. So to do that, you are going to use your plastic spudger, and kind of lift up the left side of the connector and then the right side of the connector like your walking it out of the socket.
Now that it is disconnected, the first piece that we are actually going to remove is the fan. That is held in place by just a few torx screws and one cable so, I will go ahead and take those screws out. Okay, Now the cable you want to be really gentle with, because i have heard a lot of people that have actually ripped the entire connector off of the board, so when your lifting up on the cable you want to make sure to be lifting up on the connector and not the socket.
That is actually stuck to the logic board, so be extra gentle during this step. now that that cable is disconnected, the fan should lift out pretty easily. The next thing we are going to do, is get started on removing the logic board, and that is held in place by several screws and several cables. So I’m going to get started by disconnecting these cables right here. The next cable that I a going to work on is the data display cable, and it is a little.
Tricky it has a little latch that flips up. after it is flipped up, you can just pull the cable right out. There is also a bracket that i am going to remove while I’m here. Which is held in place by a couple of screws. With this bracket out. I can get to work on all the screws that are holding the logic board in place. Okay so that was the last screw, but before we can lift the logic board out there is actually a microphone that is glued down the the case, so I am going to.
Short and Easy Apple Macbook Pro Trackpad and Battery Replacement Tutorial Mid 2009 model
Hey you think different right? you made a super smart choice by buying that mid 2009 macbook pro, you know, except for all the money you spent on it. Let’s say hypothetically you need to replace the battery or track pad, because hypothetically a Mac can break. And you don’t know any geniuses or maybe it’s out of warranty and it’s just not the same since Tim Cook took over. Or you know,.
Whatever. it’s pretty easy to tell if your track pad is out of whack. It starts jumping around erratically. This is sort of a common problem and it’s super easy to fix. I suggest googling erratic track pad mac book pro first just to do a little research and see if you can fix it in other ways by positive thinking or snake oil. Okay so you’ve.
Googled and googled or maybe you’re just not a positive person. and you just want to replace the track pad. To do this you’re gonna need a few tools. First of all, the track pad was pretty easy to find on eBay for about 35 bucks. You just need a few tools a tiny Phillips head screwdriver, a triwing screwdriver and a beer. Since you probably don’t have a triwing screwdriver.
Unless you’re into fixin’ shit. you can find one cheap on ebay. The beers there for you to enjoy, you know, or to spill all over the exposed electronics. Okay so open the damn case. Just remove the screws with the Philips head screw driver. Ideally there’s 10 of them. Or in the case your shit’s not nice like this one. Some may have already fallen out.
Okay so you gonna take out 8 to 10 screws or whatever. Uhh. you notice that there’s gonna be a few screws near the hinge that are a little bit longer. Just make a note of where they go. Alright that was easy, now your genius! No not that kind of genius just an Apple Genius. Alright now if you just need to replace the battery, this will save you some time.
The batteries held in place by those two triwing screws. Remove those then remove the battery connector. Since I don’t have to replace my battery you’re going to have to imagine me putting in a new one and replacing the case. You can probably stop watching the tutorial now. You know, you’ve got things to do. So you’re sticking around.
Because you need to finish up the track pad. you’ve got that art project. and tutorial with bizarre religious symbolism doesn’t edit itself, right? Right. So to get to the track pad of course you have to remove the battery. Which you’ve already done. Cool. You’re awesome. Now take the screwdriver.
Remove the tiny brackets used to hold the track pad in place. You may need have some tweezers on hand to pick them up. There’s a total of eight four screws per side. After removing the screws, unplug the track pad from its connector. You’re gonna say well umm. you didn’t actually pull up the connector! Well I did, but I forgot.