Late 2011 model, A1278 / 2.4 GHz i5 or 2.8 GHz i7 processor.

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disassembling for cleaning the keyboard

The answer to my question included disassembling. I'm not sure how to disassemble to access the keyboard. I have changed the battery but that is all.

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After you get to the keyboard, Here's how to replace it, the 2010 & 2011 are close to the same so this should work for you. I use and electric screwdriver to take the screws out, this really speeds the replacement.

It takes me about 1 3/4 hours from start to finished machine: MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Keyboard Replacement

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This guide will get you down to the point where you can see and access the keyboard from below. Apparently everything else has to come out first to get access to the keyboard assembly. Looks like a huge pain! The author rated it difficult and from the pictures..... I believe him too!MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Late 2011 Upper Case Replacement

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