Mid 2009 Model A1278 / 2.26 or 2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo processor EMC 2326

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replacing keyboard on MacBook Pro 13"

How difficult is it to replace just the keyboard? (I see that several folks sell them)

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How difficult is it to replace just the keyboard? (Not the entire top case)

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You have to replace the whole upper case, here's the part: MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2009/Mid 2010) Upper Case

For installation instructions go to the More information on the parts page and click the link to Step-by-step installation instructions.

This is listed as a dificult installation.

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I've seen the adds on eBay too about buying just the keyboard, but so far have never met anyone that this worked for.

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Mayer, i've done that several times. I agree that it's not easy but separate keyboards are sold on ebay etc.

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Hey guys. Big question here: Do any of you guys tried the A1278 keyboard if it fits the A1343. I want a keyboard upgrade with light on my A1343 and, from what i see the layout is the same. I wonder if the connectors are the same. Please help. Reply me at cristian.zdrang@yahoo.com

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I'm doing it now, will update on how it goes.

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Mayer, no I can't find a part number on my keyboard, I saw one on the backlight 815-9996. On the keyboard I see the word "TOP" on the plastic circuitry & I saw some numbers but the were unreadable thought the circuit lines.

Just search ebay they should have the correct models labeled with years & sometimes model numbers.

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Update: FULLY WORKING, no issues. VERY DIFFICULT. One stripped screw and YOU'RE SCREWED!

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please do update, i am looking at doing this as well

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Replacing Just the keyboard is probably the most difficult repair besides pulling the display glass without it breaking, but takes many more steps. A 8/10 - very difficult on the repair scale.

That said, it does work just fine. As long as you have some experience with pulling the logic board, can follow instructions & you're careful It's possible.

Where to find them? ebay, like everything else. I found keyboard+backlight for $69 new.

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Was there a part number?

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where did you purchase JUST the keyboard?

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The keyboard is attached to the topcase with 40+ supertiny screws. Of corse you will have to remove the logicboard, optical drive and the middle bracket to get there. No need to remove the battery. After a liquid spill there are often issues with the keyboard backlight, though. Only a thorough clean, especially of the sides of the six LEDs and the "reflective plate" can remedy that.

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