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Title:

Damaged circuit board connection during keyboard removal

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I was following the instructions for keyboard replacement here: [guide|484|page=4] . I was following step 10. I did not have a spudger, so I attempted to use a plastic butterknife with the tip sanded down, but was not able to flip up the connector for the ribbon cable, so I tried using a very small flat-blade screwdriver. The connector wasn't flipping up. I am new at this, done something like it once before, replacing the screen on my son's PSP. I tried a little harder and half of the connector itself broke off from the circuit board to which the keyboard attaches. I've taken some photos of the damage:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25470661@N08/4368850696/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25470661@N08/4368852526/

I do seem to have put myself in big trouble. What is next? Can the board with the broken connector be replaced? Can it be repaired?

Hamfisted,

Morgan

== Update ==

FWIW, I got a 2nd, used keyboard & top case and the install of that keyboard went smoothly. It was an expensive learning experience! I did the work myself, thanks to ifixit.

Device:

MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Model A1211

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open

Accepted Answer:

+9057

Edit by: Morgan Fletcher ,

Title:

Damaged circuit board connection during keyboard removal

Text:

-I was following the instructions for keyboard replacement here: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/Installing-MacBook-Pro-15-Inch-Model-A1150-Keyboard/484/4 . I was following step 10. I did not have a spudger, so I attempted to use a plastic butterknife with the tip sanded down, but was not able to flip up the connector for the ribbon cable, so I tried using a very small flat-blade screwdriver. The connector wasn't flipping up. I am new at this, done something like it once before, replacing the screen on my son's PSP. I tried a little harder and half of the connector itself broke off from the circuit board to which the keyboard attaches. I've taken some photos of the damage:
+I was following the instructions for keyboard replacement here: [guide|484|page=4] . I was following step 10. I did not have a spudger, so I attempted to use a plastic butterknife with the tip sanded down, but was not able to flip up the connector for the ribbon cable, so I tried using a very small flat-blade screwdriver. The connector wasn't flipping up. I am new at this, done something like it once before, replacing the screen on my son's PSP. I tried a little harder and half of the connector itself broke off from the circuit board to which the keyboard attaches. I've taken some photos of the damage:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25470661@N08/4368850696/in/photostream/
+
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25470661@N08/4368852526/
I do seem to have put myself in big trouble. What is next? Can the board with the broken connector be replaced? Can it be repaired?
Hamfisted,
Morgan
+
+== Update ==
+
+FWIW, I got a 2nd, used keyboard & top case and the install of that keyboard went smoothly. It was an expensive learning experience! I did the work myself, thanks to ifixit.

Device:

MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Model A1211

Status:

open

Edit by: Sterling Hirsh ,

Title:

Damaged circuit board connection during keyboard removal

Text:

-I was following the instructions for keyboard replacement here: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/Installing-MacBook-Pro-15-Inch-Model-A1150-Keyboard/484/4 . I was following step 10. I did not have a spudger, so I attempted to use a plastic butterknife with the tip sanded down, but was not able to flip up the connector for the ribbon cable, so I tried using a very small flat-blade screwdriver. The connector wasn't flipping up. I am knew at this, done something like it once before, replacing the screen on my son's PSP. I tried a little harder and half of the connector itself broke off from the circuit board to which the keyboard attaches. I've taken some photos of the damage:
+I was following the instructions for keyboard replacement here: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/Installing-MacBook-Pro-15-Inch-Model-A1150-Keyboard/484/4 . I was following step 10. I did not have a spudger, so I attempted to use a plastic butterknife with the tip sanded down, but was not able to flip up the connector for the ribbon cable, so I tried using a very small flat-blade screwdriver. The connector wasn't flipping up. I am new at this, done something like it once before, replacing the screen on my son's PSP. I tried a little harder and half of the connector itself broke off from the circuit board to which the keyboard attaches. I've taken some photos of the damage:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25470661@N08/4368850696/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25470661@N08/4368852526/
I do seem to have put myself in big trouble. What is next? Can the board with the broken connector be replaced? Can it be repaired?
Hamfisted,
Morgan

Device:

MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Model A1211

Status:

open

Original post by: Morgan Fletcher ,

Title:

Damaged circuit board connection during keyboard removal

Text:

I was following the instructions for keyboard replacement here: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/Installing-MacBook-Pro-15-Inch-Model-A1150-Keyboard/484/4 . I was following step 10. I did not have a spudger, so I attempted to use a plastic butterknife with the tip sanded down, but was not able to flip up the connector for the ribbon cable, so I tried using a very small flat-blade screwdriver. The connector wasn't flipping up. I am knew at this, done something like it once before, replacing the screen on my son's PSP. I tried a little harder and half of the connector itself broke off from the circuit board to which the keyboard attaches. I've taken some photos of the damage:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25470661@N08/4368850696/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25470661@N08/4368852526/

I do seem to have put myself in big trouble. What is next? Can the board with the broken connector be replaced? Can it be repaired?

Hamfisted,

Morgan

Device:

MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Model A1211

Status:

open