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Possible to upgrade to Matte High Resolution?

Hi, I have a Mid 2009 MBP 15" with Matte Display but it is currently cracked so there isn't a way for me to check if It is the standard or high res matte. Regardless, is it possible to upgrade to High Res or downgrade to Standard Res? I would just like to know so I know to order the replacement part. Thanks

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Take the LCD out and look at the back of it for the panel info. Use that to lookup what panel will work as a replacement. Most of the MBP systems have two different video services one for the standard display and another for the hi-res display version. Review the EveryMac listing for your exact model to see what it came with and check the video services spec between the standard and hi-res models if they are the exact same then you can do it. If there is a hi-res version you may not have a choice between gloss Vs matte as well.

FYI - This LCD uses CCFL's for the backlight so please dispose the old panel correctly.

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Actually this LCD is an LED and doesn't use CCFL. I have already checked my model on EveryMac and it shows that the max resolution is 1440x900 and says that Apple did offer the option for the Matte LCD. I just want to know if it is compatible with the High Res 1680x1050 Matte or if anybody has done an upgrade like this. I checked on ifixit and powerbookmedic and it shows a table that it is compatible with my year model but of course that doesn't mean I can upgrade to the higher res since each macbook is allowed for that option when you purchased it from Apple for high res or standard. I went ahead and purchased a High Res Matte anyways and hoping it works because I also checked on ifixit that the standard matte and the high res matte use the same LVDS cable.I hope it is plug and play and that the macbook detects the resolution.


True the Uni's are LED back lit. I do believe you switched the model on me. As to the core question here: The issue is not the LVDS cable but how it displays the image. Heres a good writeup Unibody MacBook Pro Q&A If you note the models that support the 1680x1050 display GPU also have more memory. As its needed to support the full raster of 1680x1050. Instead you'll get a distorted 1440x900 image within the 1680x1050 frame of the display. Bottom-line here your model won't offer the level of image a true 1680x1050 system can.


Thanks for your help, now I just have to hope it actually works. Main reason I bought the Higher Res is because the Standard Matte is basically sold out everywhere. Unless I wanted to pay $190 from ifixit for one which is to expensive for me. I went ahead and took a risk by going this route. If it doesn't work I guess Ill have to use a standard glossy display and get a glass panel and that shouldn't be a problem.


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