Changing screen from standard 1440x900 to high res matte 1680x1050
I bought a refurbished early 2011 15" MacBook Pro (A1286) with the standard 1440x900 screen.
Is it possible to replace it with the high res matte 1680x1050 screen?
If yes, what do I have to do?
What rab777hp is is true, it is something that can be accomplished. The video circuitry on the logic board is the same for the high and low resolution screen options, as is the video data cable (LVDS). However, I have not been able to confirm that the early 2011 15" MBP utilizes the same LVDS cable as the previous years/models to enable you you use the screen in your comment. If the LVDS cables are the same, the LCDs are interchangeable
The only thing you may have to do in addition to changing out LCDs is change your display profile - you can find a number of working ones on Macrummors for various screen models/(manufac
Yes, you'll need this guide to install it, however finding the display itself may be a little tricky, since it's only found on custom build-to-order MBPs, it doesn't appear to exist in an aftermarket.
I just did this on a 15" MacBook Pro A1286 Mid 2012 model that I picked up to replace a 2010 that i custom orded with the hi-res screen from Apple years ago. I didn't think I would notice the difference in the regular screen verse the hi-res, but yah it was easily apparent to me. I couldn't find a post anywhere from anyone saying they had successfuly done this, only from other people interested in attempting the same thing. After researching the parts I found a good deal on a hi-res panel so I gave it a try, and it worked.