Installing MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261 Keyboard
- Author: iRobot
- Difficulty: Moderate
This guide shows the hidden screws you must remove when replacing the keyboard.
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Step 1 — Keyboard ¶
Use a spudger to pry up the translucent plastic sheath covering the keyboard connector.
Step 2 ¶
Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the black plastic flaps locking down the keyboard and keyboard backlight ribbon cables.
Step 3 ¶
Slide the orange keyboard backlight ribbon out of its connector.
Step 4 ¶
Peel up the orange tape covering the keyboard backlight connector.
Step 5 ¶
Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the brown plastic flap locking down the keyboard backlight ribbon cable.
Step 6 ¶
Use a spudger or your finger to slide the keyboard backlight ribbon out of its connector.
Step 7 ¶
Carefully peel up the orange ribbon cable which carries the power and sleep signals.
Step 8 ¶
Peel up the two black protective sheaths on the bottom of the keyboard. It is not necessary to fully remove these, but only to peel them back enough to access the screws beneath.
Step 9 ¶
Remove the ten identical Phillips screws attaching the keyboard to the casing.
The keyboard on A1261 models is secured with twelve screws. Their locations are shown in the second picture.
Step 10 ¶
There are four locking tabs along the back edge of the keyboard holding it in place. These tabs must be straightened before you can remove the keyboard.
The keyboard on A1261 models has five locking tabs. Their locations are shown in the second picture.
Step 11 ¶
The first frame shows a tab in the "locked" position and the second frame shows the same tab in the "unlocked" position.
Use needlenose pliers or a spudger to bend each of the four tabs so that they are all in the "unlocked" position.
Step 12 ¶
Slide the keyboard ribbon out of its connector.
If the keyboard ribbon won't slide out, make sure that the black plastic flap holding the ribbon in place is vertical.
Step 13 ¶
Place the upper casing on its edge and use a spudger to push the keyboard away from the casing, poking the spudger through the central keyboard screw hole. Grasp the keyboard as it separates from the casing.
Step 14 ¶
Maintaining your hold on the keyboard, lay the casing flat and gently bow the keyboard until the two tabs on either side of the keyboard come free.
Slide the keyboard away from the trackpad and out of the upper case.