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Can I replace the keyboard on my 15" MacBook Pro mid 2010?

After a liquid spill and a 72 hour dry out in rice, our macbook pro 15" mid 2010 is working fine except for the keyboard. It seems to be stuck in caps lock mode. This makes it impossible to do anything that requires a password or numbers. Is there a way to fix this?

If not is there a way to replace the keyboard? How much should I expect to spend?

Thanks!

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I have this same problem, and disassembling the entire machine is daunting to me and probably risky.

I am able to still use the machine, tho (using it right now),

I simply have the lid closed and am using an external keyboard, mouse and screen. Sadly, that does mean it's not portable anymore, really, but at least I was able to get all my data off the drive, etc.

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Hi Jason, be careful: using an external display uses the discrete GPU all the time. In my case, it led to burning the GPU due to the common GPU overheat/bad soldering issue common on this model. So a few months after, my machine start crashing all the time... fortunately some guys found a way to throttle the GPU (see my other post in this topic) and now it's 99% stable.

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Yes, you can. Here's how I did it.

Replacing keyboard on MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2010

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No answers yet, so thought i would just add a few things......

Here is a guide for the upper case:MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010 Upper Case Replacement

This is difficult as the guide says, it is NOT something i would recommend a person with no experience trying to tackle, unless they are just good at this kind of thing having repaired computer before....... Specials tools, easy to break connectors etc.

Entire computer needs to be taken apart to gain access to this area you need fixed.

I really don't know how much some thing like this would cost, Maybe someone else would have an accurate estimate?

if not fixing your self, you could check at the apple store however not sure they will void any further warranty work if under apple care.

Could also check for licensed or approved what ever the term is for apple repair places in your area, check online reviews for local places that do apple repair and have certified apple repair people ( not sure if you have a warranty or not from apple) and these local places should be less expensive........ and might be willing to work with you on parts, you may even be able to bring your own replacement part in.

Depending on how much new parts are, you can see how much a new top case ( with keyboard etc) is going for on ebay. Just have to make sure it's the correct model # part number etc and good sellers are usually helpful with that.

and of course however it ends up being fixed, keep that old top case and you you may be surprised how much you can sell it for on ebay even in non working condition, people always need/want this kind of thing working or not.

Lastly, what ever repair place you use, make sure the motherboard and other internals are inspected and cleaned so no water or corrosion from the water spill remains laying in wait to cause further problems.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. I will be looking into the options you listed!

Lisa

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Old topic but maybe i'm not the only one to still try to fix a MBP 2010...

My keyboard has the LEFT SHIFT key permanently enabled due to liquid ingress, which forces startup without extensions. Here is a workaround if you can't replace your keyboard:

- if you press the LEFT CTRL key during the early stage of startup, it will cancel the effect of other stuck keys such as mine, and allow normal startup.

- then, you can use a Freeware called Karabiner to disable the failing key (you can also setup an alias key if needed).

On my side I received a replacement keyboard and will soon try to install it, now that my MBP with failing GPU does not crash anymore thanks to this thread: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/gpu...

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any success replacing your keyboard? im having a similar issue with my 15" mid 2010 MBP - dead keys and the occasional perma-engaged 'o' key. Is it possible? looking for repair guides and parts for replacing the keyboard - otherwise a perfect machine.

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