Skip to main content

Introduction

Use this guide to replace a damaged front display bezel.

  1. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Use your fingers to push both battery release tabs away from the battery, and lift the battery out of the computer.

  2. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement, Memory Door: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three identical Phillips screws from the memory door.

    • Make sure to record which sets of screws came from where. This will help when re-assembling.

  3. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the memory door up enough to get a grip on it, and slide it toward you, pulling it away from the casing.

  4. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement, Upper Case: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two Phillips screws in the battery compartment near the latch.

  5. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following 6 screws:

    • Two 10 mm T6 Torx screws on either side of the RAM slot.

    • Four 14.5 mm Phillips screws along the hinge.

  6. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the four Phillips screws on the port side of the computer.

  7. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Rotate the computer 90 degrees and remove the two Phillips screws from the rear of the computer.

  8. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Rotate the computer 90 degrees again and remove the four Phillips screws from the side of the computer.

  9. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Do not yank the upper case off quickly. The case is attached to the logic board via a ribbon cable.

    • Lift up at the rear of the case and work your fingers along the sides, freeing the case as you go. Once you have freed the sides, you may need to rock the case up and down to free the front of the upper case. This stage can be quite tricky. Over the DVD reader are 4 tabs set back which pull out vertically.

    • Note that the two small tongues on the left hand front of the upper case may bend while you remove the upper case. When re-installing, you may need to bend them back to fit in the grooves in the lower case.

  10. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the trackpad and keyboard ribbon cable from the logic board, removing tape as necessary.

    • Remove the upper case.

  11. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement, Display Assembly: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the two antenna cables attached to the Airport Extreme card.

    • The white antenna cable connects to the left side of the Airport Extreme card.

  12. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Deroute the Airport antenna cables from their channel in the left speaker.

  13. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the iSight, inverter, and left fan cables from the logic board by gently pulling in the direction of each cable.

  14. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Disconnect the display data cable from the logic board.

  15. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the silver T6 Torx screw securing the ground loop on the display data cable to the casing.

  16. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 1
    • Support the display with one hand while removing the following 3 screws:

    • Two 9.5 mm silver T6 Torx screws with threads on only part of the shaft on the inside of the display hinges.

    • One 9.5 mm silver T6 Torx screw with threads on the entire shaft on the outside of the left hinge.

  17. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Grasp the display assembly on both sides and lift it up and out of the computer.

  18. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement, Rear Display Bezel: step 18, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement, Rear Display Bezel: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the two 5 mm Phillips screws from the lower left and right corners of the display (two screws total).

  19. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 19, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 19, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 19, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger perpendicular to the face of the display between the plastic strip attached to the rear bezel and the front bezel.

    • Do not insert your spudger between the plastic strip and the rear bezel.

    • With the spudger still inserted, rotate it away from the display to separate the front and rear bezels.

    • Work along the left edge of the display until the rear bezel is evenly separated from the front bezel.

  20. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 20, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger perpendicular to the face of the display between the plastic strip attached to the rear bezel and the front bezel.

    • With the spudger still inserted, rotate it away from the display to separate the front and rear bezels.

    • Work along the right edge of the display until the rear bezel is evenly separated from the front bezel.

  21. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 21, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 21, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger between the front bezel and the plastic strip attached to the rear bezel near the screw holes at the bottom corners of the display.

    • Rotate your spudger toward the rear bezel to separate it from the front bezel.

    • If necessary, enlarge the gap between the lower edge of the rear bezel and the clutch cover until the two components are completely separated.

  22. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the rear bezel by its bottom edge and rotate it away from the display assembly to separate the top edge.

    • Remove the rear display bezel from the display assembly.

  23. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement, LCD Panel: step 23, image 1 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement, LCD Panel: step 23, image 2 of 3 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement, LCD Panel: step 23, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the pieces of yellow kapton tape from the bottom left corner of the display.

    • Remove the pieces of tape securing the display data cable and camera cable to the display.

    • Peel the three green antenna ground straps off the copper tape along the bottom edge of the LCD.

    • The adhesive connecting these straps to the display is very strong. An edged tool is helpful to separate the adhesive while you peel the straps off.

    • Remove the piece of tape securing the camera cable to the LCD.

  24. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully peel the camera cable off the foam tape along the top edge of the LCD.

  25. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 25, image 1 of 1
    • Use the tip of a spudger and carefully flip the ZIF connector bar up to release the before the camera cable.

    • Gently pull the camera cable away from its socket on the camera board.

    • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the LCD.

  26. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 26, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the display data cable connector away from its socket on the LCD.

    • Pull the connector parallel to the face of the LCD.

  27. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 27, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 27, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the four black Phillips screws along the left and right edges of the display (eight screws total).

  28. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 28, image 1 of 1
    • The next few steps will require you to separate the LCD from the adhesive applied to the upper and lower edges of the front bezel. A heat gun may be helpful to soften the adhesive to prevent damaging the LCD panel during removal.

    • The adhesive is applied such that it sticks to a thin steel strip around the perimeter of the LCD. When prying your LCD away from the front panel, be sure you are separating the front panel from the steel strip on the LCD.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to gently lift one of the top corners of the LCD out of the front bezel.

  29. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 1
    • Work your way along the top edge of the LCD, slowly prying the attached steel strip away from the front bezel.

  30. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 30, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 30, image 2 of 2
    • Now that the top edge is free, slightly lift the LCD out of the front bezel for enough room to pry the steel strip along the lower edge of the LCD away from the front bezel.

    • Pry along the lower edge of the LCD until it is freed from the adhesive on the front bezel.

  31. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 31, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 31, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the inverter out of the clutch cover.

    • Disconnect the LCD backlight connector from its socket on the inverter board.

  32. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 32, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the LCD out of the front bezel, minding any cables that may get caught.

  33. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement, Front Display Bezel: step 33, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement, Front Display Bezel: step 33, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the inverter out of the clutch cover.

    • Do not pull the inverter cable too far out of the clutch cover, as its ground loop is very fragile and easily broken.

    • Disconnect the inverter cable from the inverter by pulling its cable away from the socket on the inverter board.

    • Remove the inverter and set it aside.

  34. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 34, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 34, image 2 of 2
    • If you have a Core Duo machine, refer to picture 1 and remove three Phillips screws connecting the clutch assembly to the lower edge of the front display bezel near the display data cable.

    • If you have a Core 2 Duo Model A1211 machine, refer to picture 2 and remove two Phillips screws connecting the clutch assembly to the lower edge of the front display bezel near the display data cable.

  35. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 35, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single black Phillips screw from behind the display data cable.

    • Slide the small steel bracket away from the right clutch hinge and remove it from the clutch assembly.

    • If you have a Core 2 Duo Model A1211, there is no steel bracket. Simply remove the screw and continue to the next step.

  36. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 36, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three Phillips screws along the inside of the clutch cover near the inverter/camera cable.

  37. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 37, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 37, image 2 of 2
    • Push the open edge of the clutch cover away from the left clutch hinge to pop it off the clips attaching the two parts.

    • If necessary, repeat this process for the right side of the clutch assembly.

    • Remove the clutch assembly from the front display bezel.

  38. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 38, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 38, image 2 of 2
    • De-route the display data and inverter/camera cables around the clutch hinges and remove both cables.

  39. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 39, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 39, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the four T6 Torx screws securing the left clutch hinge to the front display bezel.

    • Remove the left clutch hinge and set it aside.

  40. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 40, image 1 of 2 MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 40, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the four T6 Torx screws securing the right clutch hinge to the front display bezel.

    • Remove the right clutch hinge and set it aside.

  41. MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo Model A1150 Front Display Bezel Replacement: step 41, image 1 of 1
    • Front display bezel remains.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

6 other people completed this guide.

One Comment

Works Perfectly! Replaced the broken bezel on my wife’s laptop without any difficulties!

mkeehnel - Reply

Add Comment

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 1

Past 7 Days: 1

Past 30 Days: 8

All Time: 25,208