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I need some repairing advice/help.

I am having trouble figuring out how to repair this MacBook 2008 Apple Macbook A1278 I have gotten from a friend. It was "hollowed/gutted" but I have some parts to it. My idea was finding another macbook same version to put the parts into the broken one. I am trying to revive this broken macbook because it has some things on it that I need, but can't do that if it doesn't work.

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Ashton, only you know what you have in your possession. Look through these guides and check the parts you have. You do not need to piece this together for "it has some things on it that I need" There are other means to access you hard drive, which is the only place your computer stores information. Getting an external USB hard drive enclosure that will allow you to access your drive on a different computer would be one way.

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Check the guides listed in my answer. Compare the parts that you have to the parts in the guides. That will help you determine what you are missing.

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You do not need to rebuild this computer just to get "things from it" that you need. Those things will be stored on the hard drive. To access the hard drive all you would need is a external USB hard drive enclosure. Install your hard drive in that and then access the drive on a different computer.

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I would also like to use the actual computer too.

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You did not mention this in your original question. You clearly stated that " I am trying to revive this broken macbook because it has some things on it that I need, but can't do that if it doesn't work." No mention was made that you wanted to build it to use it. So I still think that you need to look at the guides and compare all the parts to the once you have.

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The LCD replacement will be costly.

Beside Apple doesn't sell you internal parts, I've checked.

Just open the bottom side out using a small screwdriver & then remove the harddrive.

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You can always buy Apple, but you CAN NOT buy parts that are inside.

Many fools love to buy Apple, but when it breaks. You are out of luck because only they repair it and charge you dearly or forced to buy a newer model.

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It can be helpful to troll Craigslist for a whole machine being sold for parts, especially in/around large cities. Also check independent Apple repair shops & PC repair shops which could have some Mac inventory.

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