Compatibility keybords between A1342 and A1278?


Sorry for my poor english level (I'm french).

My macbook's keyboard (13" Unibody white (Model A1342) Late 2010) is dead and I try to change it. I see a macbook keyboard (model A1278 macbook pro 13" unibody) cheap and I would know if we can put keyboard of macbook A1278 on a macbook A1342 ? Two kinds of keyboards seems to be the same.

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Sorry, no. Modern Mac laptops incorporate the keyboard into the top case assembly, which also includes the power button. The A1278 MacBook Aluminum (2008) and the A1278 MacBook Pro (2009-2013) share a model number, but they share no common parts. Apple's re-use of the A1278 model number is a source of irritation for those of us who own MacBook Aluminums; it makes it more difficult to locate the correct parts.

A1342 Unibody MacBook not-Pros are entirely different both from Aluminum MacBooks and from unibody MacBook Pros; the top cases/keyboards are not compatible.

iFixit currently stocks the top case/keyboard assembly for your MacBook, with a US English keyboard. Apple's original part numbers for the A1342 top case are 605-2396, 661-5396, 661-5590 and 818-1098; eBay searches on those part numbers bring up several Canadian French (QWERTY) keyboards at prices between US$60 and $160. My guess is that a French source such as might have more, and might also have French (AZERTY) top cases. Note: A1342 top cases usually do not include the trackpad; you'll either need to transfer the trackpad from your current top case, or buy a replacement top case that has the trackpad already in place.

It's possible to remove the keyboard from the top case, but it's a time-consuming job; there are a lot of tiny screws. Frankly, replacing a top case on any unibody laptop is a chore; you basically have to dismantle the entire computer to get the top case free.

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MacBook Unibody Model A1342 Trackpad Replacement

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Are you 100% sure that i doesn't fit? its the same connector and same layout, everything is the same, except maybe the power on button length, but thats an easy squeeze. I dont have one to try out. But in theory would an A1278 keyboard work in a A1342 logic board?


Hi everyone, it does fit! I did it on my A1342 and the connectors and layout are the exact same. The only "tricky" part is to figure out a way to actually attach the keyboard to the top case. In my case I glued it!


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Yes! Keyboard from A1278 absolutely capability (geometric & electric) to A1342

A1278 have another mounting holes, but it's may be fix

I replace (in my Macbook White A1342) keyboard from model A1278, and all works fine!

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Je viens de finir le montage et tout fonctionne parfaitement! J'ai trouvé le clavier pour A1278 en azerty sur Amazon (avec MacInfo, 25€ le clavier neuf contre +/- 200 tout l'assemblage).

Première chose à faire, vider intégralement le MacBook. Y compris l'écran etc. Il ne doit rester que la coque avec le clavier.

Il y a donc trois couches dans la coque du MacBook blanc a1342 : la plaque à l'arrière du clavier, le clavier, et la coque blanche.

J'ai chauffé la plaque au sèche-cheveux (les bords sont collés à la colle, et il y a une sorte de petit adhésif double face au milieu) avant de décoller petit à petit avec un couteau. Attention à ne pas trop chauffer ou la coque se déforme!!

Ensuite le clavier est attaché à la coque via des sortes de picots fondus. En attaquant par un angle du clavier on peut les déclipser en tirant doucement (en tirant trop fort on risque de casser le plastique blanc qui passe entre les touches).

Une fois la coque séparée du clavier j'ai passé les picots au papier de verre, lavé la coque, puis collé le clavier du a1278 à la coque avec de la colle néoprène, puis recollé la plaque à l'arrière. A l'origine le clavier du a1278 est prévu pour être fixé par des vis donc il a fallu improviser.

Pour info tout tombe au bon endroit, les touches comme le bouton power.

Et voilà! C'est un peu long, il faut s'appliquer, mais ça se fait. J'espère que ça servira à quelqu'un!

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Bonjour Huguet,

Je voulais savoir si vous aviez reussis le montage car je suis actuellement dans la meme situation. D'apres ce que l'on peut lire a gauche a droite effectivement le clavier a1278 se monterais sur le a1342 mais c'est au niveau des fixation que ca change?

Merci d'avance.

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Oui tout à fait cela fonctionne, par contre effectivement il faut trouver un moyen de fixer le clavier (picots en plastique pour A1342, vis pour A1278). Je l'ai personnellement collé à la colle néoprène!


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