Being Mac-minded for decades now, I've ordered one of the first sleekly unibody Macbook Pro from the Apple store in 2009.
What a joy when it arrived! Unpacking - pure delight .. Booting - Boom and up it went .. Now show that part to my family - Grab the opened lightweight with one hand, lift it up from the desk and CRACK! the trackpad was broken by my thumb ...
Although it still worked and I told everybody that Apple has invented the two button trackpad (see picture), this was a thorn in my side for years until ifixedit!!!
This was my first Notebook repair ever and I was quite uncertain if it wouldn't be a better idea to get this job done by a pro instead.
My fear decreased a bit while reading the repair guide on ifixit.com: Using a screw driver and unplugging some connectors should be a feasible challenge.
To be on the safe side, I've ordered the Pro Tech Base Toolkit in addition - Equipped to such an extent, what could go wrong?
After having taken a deep breath I started to unbolt the first screw and worked though the ifixit guide step by step. Less than half an hour later the job was done. Neither collateral damages nor mental breakdown occurred. Just a happy me holding my refurbished Macbook - This time with both hands!!!
It is simple when you've got the right tools.
Sure, the spudger isn't a rocket science tool whereas the availability of the correct screwdrivers is a crucial must-have!
Some remarks regarding the guide:
Step 5: You need to detach the Warning label before you can lift the battery and you should use the attached plastic lash to do this.
Step 10: Fumbling the cable through the case and past the logic board is the most difficult part of the job. After several fail attempts with the described procedure, I tried to route the cable through the case first and then put the trackpad into its brackets.
That was much easier than to route the cable with the pad already fixed to the case. At least if you don't have 4 hands and spider fingers...