Replace Upper Case with Part from MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.2 15" 2011

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I have a MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 15," Late 2008 (A). It has a damaged upper case - there is separation between the aluminum and the LCD. And the hinge on one side is loose so the top doesn't lie flush with the lower case when closed.

Someone gave me a broken MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.2 15" 2011 (B) - the logic board is gone and the LCD is shot.

Is it possible to take the upper case and hinges off B, remove its shot LCD and insert the LCD from A, then attach the upper case from B onto A?

I know these are both old machines, and I'm not expecting much from them. But so far, apart for the adhesive and hinge issue on A, it's functioning surprisingly well - also has all the ports I love and use frequently which Apple has dropped from new models.

Any advice or help here would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Olaf

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It's not showing as compatible. But if you would post photos of the inside of both we may be able to spot if they actually are.

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Apple MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.2 15" Early 2011 Specs

Identifiers: Early 2011 15" - MC723LL/A - MacBookPro8,2 - A1286 - 2353-1*

Good part from 2011

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Early 2011 through Mid 2012) Upper Case

Listed COMPATIBILITY

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Early 2011/Late 2011/Mid 2012)

Models Model Numbers Options

MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.0GHz Core i7 (A1286) - Early 2011 MC721LL/A Early 2011 (661-5854)

Early 2011 (661-5854) - USED

Early 2011 (661-5854) - Grade B

MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.2GHz Core i7 (A1286) - Early 2011 MC723LL/A Early 2011 (661-5854)

Early 2011 (661-5854) - USED

Early 2011 (661-5854) - Grade B

MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.3GHz Core i7 (A1286) - Early 2011 MC723LL/A Early 2011 (661-5854)

Early 2011 (661-5854) - USED

Early 2011 (661-5854) - Grade B

SPECIFICATIONS

Apple Part #:

661-5854, 661-6076

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Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 15" (SD) Specs

Identifiers: Mid-2009 15" - MC118LL/A - MacBookPro5,4 - A1286 - 2324*

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Late 2008/Early 2009) Upper Case

COMPATIBILITY

Unibody 15" (Late 2008) MacBook Pros

Unibody 15" (Early 2009) MacBook Pros

SPECIFICATIONS

Apple Part #:

661-4948

Models Model Numbers Options

MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (A1286) - Late 2008 MB470LL/A Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948) USED

Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948)

Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948) Grade B

MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo (A1286) - Late 2008 MB471LL/A Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948) USED

Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948)

Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948) Grade B

MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo (A1286) - Early 2009 MC026LL/A Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948) USED

Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948)

Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948) Grade B

MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo (A1286) - Late 2008 MB471LL/A Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948) USED

Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948)

Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948) Grade B

MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo (A1286) - Early 2009 MC026LL/A Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948) USED

Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948)

Late 08/Early 09 (661-4948) Grade B

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Late 2008/Early 2009) Upper Case Image
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Early 2011 through Mid 2012) Upper Case Image

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Thanks for your response, Mayer.

I made a mistake. The part I'm trying to replace is not the upper case, but the lid (?) - not sure what the proper term is. The aluminum case that is attached to the LCD. And also the hinges.

So, to reiterate: I have 15" late 2008 Macbook Pro (A) and I want to replace the aluminum lid and hinges, taken from 15" Macbook Pro 2011, (B).

Would that work?

Thanks!

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You're telling me I did all that research for nothing? I don't know if I want to tell you now. Nobody pays me to do this. I'll get back to you in a bit with an answer, I have to get over being POed first.

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Ha! I'm sorry! You did indeed to extensive research, for which I'm very thankful! I have tried to replace that top lid part in the past and I could have sworn it was referred to on iFixit as the upper case. My bad for not double - checking!

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Apology accepted. If that 2011 display is working, it is much more valuable to sell it rather than tear it up.

I looked it up and you can easily get double for the complete display as opposed to the $40 for the display cover. Here's the part you need:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Macbook-Pro-15-A...

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Great! Thank you for all your help!

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