Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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My front bezel won't snap back on?

I'm having trouble reattaching my front bezel. The two plastic "hooks" that snap into each slot in the bezel frame keep bending downward. I bend them back and try again, but still with no prevail. I'm afraid they're going to break if I keep trying because they're plastic. Is there a trick to popping them back in? I'm not sure if this is a common problem or it's just me? Any help on this matter would be appreciated. Also, is there any way to buy the "sticky material,'' in-between the front bezel and the bezel frame, that helps hold it down? If not, is there an alternative to that material? (i.e. some sort of two-sided tape)

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Please check to see exactly which machine you are talking about. I don't believe you have the machine listed to the right, a MacBook Core 2 Duo. Sounds like a unibody machine.

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I believe you are talking about the small plastic pieces that sometimes stay attached to the front bezel itself. We've found the best way to reattach the front bezel is to pop these pieces off of the front bezel and put them back into the mounts lining the outside of the LCD. Then you just need snap the front bezel to these and it should stay attached.

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This is regarding the small, grey plastic slotted mounts that fit onto the metal frame around the LCD screen.

When you remove the bezel, they often come off with the bezel rather than stay in the mounting holes.

I pop them off the bezel by placing my thumb over them then prying them off the bezel tab with a thin blade.

To attach them back to the LCD frame, place one end in the hole, then gently press toward the inserted end so it arches upward slightly, allowing for the other end to snap down into the hole. I use a spudger or a chopstick to exert the backwards pressure and press down with my finger.

Do not try to just mash them into the holes as this will merely bend the attachment tabs and potentially break them.

I still use double-sided tape to hold the bezel in place.

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