MacBook Core Duo Upper Case Clips Replacement
MacBook Core Duo upper case clip replacement.
- Author: Andrew Bookholt
- Difficulty: Moderate
Use this guide to replace the gray plastic upper case clips that secure the upper case above the optical drive opening.
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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.
The clips are captive to the lower case on Santa Rosa MacBooks and later and are thus not replaceable on these models.
The four plastic upper case clips are installed in the aluminum framework above the optical drive opening.
To remove the clips, simply slide them out of the aluminum framework away from the side of the lower case.