Early 2011 model, A1278 / 2.3 GHz i5 or 2.7 GHz i7 processor.

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Is the thick pad on top of the display data connector necessary?

After a 1/2 glass sherry spill over the top right of the keyboard, some keys stopped working (from memory, 8,i,k,/,shift, return, delete, & power on, at first)

I followed your excellent guides and youtube vids and totally dismantled the Macbook pro below the keyboard. Little or no signs of anything wrong. Left open for few days and cool hair drier. When I came to put it together I could not find the thickish black/grey pad (sort of triangular but not quite) which was attached to the pull tag on top of the display data cable connector, nor the black sticker on the backlight connector. I replaced that with a small piece of black insulating tape but what to do about the thick pad on top of the display data cable connector. Is it cushioning, temperature control or what? Can I replace it wait a small piece of neoprene foam (wet-suit type).Shoul dit be stuck on, to what and with what? I'm reluctant to reconnect the battery, close the case and try it in case it's important and not being there cause more damage. A speedy reply would be most helpful. I need to know if the spill has caused only temporary or permanent loss of key function. Your guides are fantastic. Keep up the good work

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That pad helps keep the connector held down and in place. You're most like;y going to need to replace the upper case on your machine as I've never seen this model recover from a liquid spill to the keyboard. I like the neoprene idea for a replacement. This part is pricey and if you have a couple of weeks to get it from China you can save some: MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Early 2011/Late 2011/Mid 2012) Upper Case

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