You would need to replace a lot of parts, as the connectors on the A1151 are different from those on the rest of the original 17" MBP models. Also, the keyboard and left I/O board, while identical in form factor, are actually incompatible.
to follow up on the discussion, if I want to change the A1151 board on my MBP by a 1229 (or 1261) board, I will also need to change:
- the left/right fans (or connectors)
- the left/right thermal sensors
- the I/O board
- the keyboard
is there any other parts?
Then try this one. It says compatible on MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo Motherboard / Ports: DVI Video Out, 1000BaseT Ethernet, Firewire 800, Firewire 400, USB 2.0 — Currently out of stock.