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March 11, 2014
The trackpad had become unresponsive to both touch and click.
Had iFixit not had a very clear guide to replacement, I would not have undertaken the work myself. Kudos also to the designers at Apple-a very elegant and straightforward unit.
I was repairing my work notebook, and couldn't afford the downtime associated with sending it to a repair shop, so I was properly motivated.
It went quite well, but taught me a bit about the importance of patience, particularly in the reconnection of different types of connectors.
The Spudger is invaluable.
Be careful with the Spudger in disconnecting the smaller plugs from the logic board. Popping a socket off the logic board is a costly mistake.
Getting the logic board out in Step 22 involved using the Spudger to gently lift the board in a way that pried and lifted the speaker out of its recess. Patience is required not to bend it too much or apply too much force to get the board out.
The hardest step for me was getting the keyboard ribbon cable (removed in Step 17) firmly back into the ZIF socket. Manipulating the retaining flap to get the ribbon in straight (with the help of the Spudger), and to then push it in a flat plane to get it all the way home without bending was tricky. A cheap hands-free magnifier helped.
Putting the screws in little bowls, muffin tins, or an ice cube tray can help in not losing any. Working on a soft surface that keeps loose screws from bouncing off the table also helps. If all else fails, a magnet on a stick will help retrieve lost screws (even the SS ones are magnetic.)
Consider replacing the battery at this time. I did it for performance reasons, but another would be that two of the three the plastic screw tabs on the battery that hold it to the case were broken (over-tightening at the factory, shock over time?) I've seen this on a couple of MacBookPros.
February 19, 2014
erratic cursor movement
Perfect! My version of the MBP was a little different than the model shown in the instruction manual. I expected this and the repair was otherwise flawless. The materials that arrived from ifixit were well packaged and since it arrived on Valentines Day included a small package of candies. Those little touches that make you smile. Could not have had a better experience.
I strongly suggest that anyone who takes on a project like this have the correct screw bits. Apple laptops have an absurd mix of different screw heads and the type and size are not normally found in a mechanics tool box. I purchased a 54 piece bit kit from ifixit and it was a quality item and work perfect.
January 7, 2014
This trackpad had stopped functioning because of a chocolate milk spill.
This is my second trackpad installation and I, once again, took the shortcut of prying off the cable (CAREFULLY) so that I just took the battery and trackpad out and used the existing cable. It works GREAT!
Shortcut - see prior event - and happy fixing.
November 29, 2013
The trackpad seemed to have become possessed. It began running the computer the way it wanted to - deleting files, opening programs - whatever struck its fancy.
I chose to go with the shortcut and leave the existing cable intact so that I didn't have to take out the motherboard. The previous hint was a great help. Just using the spudger to gently pry the ribbon cable off the trackpad worked wonderfully. Getting the cable back into place just needed gentle nudging.
Thanks SO much to ifixit for this website. I'm much more confident about making repairs - certainly replacing parts is a breeze because of them.
October 30, 2013
I was mistakingly unwinding an external mouse chord above my MBP. I dropped the bloody thing from about 3 inches and shattered my tracked.
The repair was fairly simple, I did have to go and buy a new Tri wing screwdriver to get the battery out (maplins in the UK seem to be th sonly high street store to stock any - Maybe by some on ebay in preparation!). The instructions were simple to follow and this replacement part as in and working with 20 minutes.
I skipped the process of removing the motherboard to gain access to the cable, that would have been a bit of a pain, I left the original ribbon (flat) cable in place, it runs underneath the main board and reappears so to replace it you have to remove every screw and the cooling fans.
There is a drop of glue holding the ribbon onto your existing trackpad and the new one. Some gentle pulling will remove it, just don't pull on an angle, so no 45 degree pulling!, as the ribbons are prone to tearing. Gently ease it up vertically away from the trackpad, it is stronger than you think and it will ease up.. simple.
Ifixit delivered to the UK with 48 hours. Superb service.