Early 2011 model, A1278 / 2.3 GHz i5 or 2.7 GHz i7 processor.

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Keyboard "integrated" into top case?

I've reviewed the related questions as well as the Guide for replacing the top case on my MBP. My question is this..

Why is the keyboard referred to as "integrated"? What piece is soldered or machined into place making the keyboard non-removable? I was able to find several suppliers on eBay selling these keyboards, both new and used, so it would appear they can be replaced.

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Steve W.

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Some of these can be replaced by removing about 68 tiny screws. The one you listed has the main part that goes bad and that is the printed circuit board under the keyboard. This is what shorts out and has to be replaced. I've done three of these replacements. Very time consuming. Two worked and one did not. I use a small Black & Decker Smart Driver that speeds the job: http://www.casa.com/p/black-decker-li400...

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They are attached with metal rivets and are a pain to remove.

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So, if I decide to tackle it, I'll need a drill and a handful of Pop-Rivets? :-)

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I successfully replaced the keyboard and backlight. Mayer was correct in that it is very time-consuming. I estimated closer to 80 tiny screws holding the keyboard in (and only lost one!). I think the Guide for keyboard replacement should be updated to show the option of swapping _just_ the keyboard instead of the whole top-case.

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