MacBook Core Duo Optical Drive Replacement
MacBook Core Duo optical drive replacement.
- Author: iRobot
- Difficulty: Moderate
Upgrade or replace the combo or SuperDrive (requires a slim drive).
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- Battery 2 steps
- Memory Cover 2 steps
- Upper Case 8 steps
- Optical Drive 11 steps
- Optical Drive Cable 2 steps
- Optical Drive 5 steps
Starting near the display and working around to the front of the computer, pry up on the upper case. It is held with clips on the right above the optical drive. These will release with some firm lifting pressure.
Be careful when prying up the upper case. It's very easy to slice open a fingertip and thus provide the blood sacrifice the Mac gods sometimes require of those who insist on doing their own repairs.
There's a trackpad and keyboard ribbon connecting the upper case to the logic board, so don't pull the upper case off entirely just yet.
If you have trouble getting the clips to release, be careful that you are not prying the plastic top of the upper case away from its metal frame.
Remove the 2.8 mm Phillips screw securing the optical drive.
The Bluetooth cable may be covering the screw; carefully push it aside before removing the screw.
Do not over-tighten this screw when re-mounting. You could break the plastic enclosure.
After removing the screw, push the metal tab backwards, towards the fan, to release the front of the optical drive.
Use a spudger to carefully pry the silver metal bracket off the left side of the optical drive. Be careful not to bend the bracket, as it is very thin and bends easily. If the bracket doesn't come free easily, heating the adhesive may make prying the bracket off easier.