MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Front Display Glass Replacement

Replace the front glass in your MacBook Pro 17" Unibody.

Have you ever wondered how your display seems to work just fine, despite the huge cracks running across the front of it? Likely, you have just cracked the protective glass covering the LCD. Use this guide to remove a damaged or cracked display glass.

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge your fingers between the lower case and the vent, and lift upward to release the clips holding the lower case to the upper case.

  • Remove the lower case.

Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

  • Whenever working near the logic board, it is always wise to first disconnect the battery to avoid short circuits.

  • If present, grab the plastic tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the device. For Late-2011 models the battery connector will not have a tab and is simply a plug that inserts straight down into the motherboard--to remove pry the plug straight up.

  • If the plastic tab is missing, use a spudger to pry the connector up from its socket.

  • Pull the tab parallel to the face of the logic board.

Edit Step 4 Display  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 Display  ¶ 

  • Before disconnecting the camera cable, a small plastic retainer stuck to the logic board must first be moved out of the way. In late-2011 models you can skip this step because there is not a plastic retainer on the camera cable connector.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to push the small plastic cable retainer away from the camera cable socket for enough clearance to remove the camera cable.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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  • Pull the camera cable toward the optical drive opening to disconnect it from the logic board.

  • The camera cable socket is very fragile. Do not apply any upward force to this socket, as it may break off the logic board. Pull the camera cable parallel to the face of the logic board.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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  • Carefully pull the Bluetooth cable toward the fans to disconnect it from the Bluetooth board.

  • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the optical drive.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

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  • Use the flat end of a spudger to peel the thin plastic cover off the top and sides of the Bluetooth board housing. For late-2011 models check out the other picture because the connector location is in a totally different location.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Bluetooth antenna connector up and off its socket on the Bluetooth board.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • If present, remove the small piece of EMI foam near the Bluetooth board.

  • De-route the camera cable from the slot molded into the Bluetooth board housing.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 7.1 mm Phillips screws securing the camera cable retainer to the upper case.

  • Remove the camera cable retainer from the upper case.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Lift the black plastic flap attached to the display data cable retainer and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the MacBook.

  • Pull the display data cable out of its socket.

  • The display data cable socket is very fragile. Do not lift the connector upward as you disconnect it, as the socket may break off the logic board. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

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  • Remove the two 7.1 mm Phillips screws securing the display data cable retainer to the upper case.

  • Remove the display data cable retainer.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Remove the two outer 6.8 mm T6 Torx screws from each of the two display brackets (four screws total).

  • We purposely have you leave one screw attaching each display bracket to the upper case to aid in future steps.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Open your MacBook Pro so the display is perpendicular to the upper case.

  • Place your opened MacBook Pro on a table as pictured.

  • While holding the display and upper case together with your left hand, remove the remaining T6 Torx screw from the lower display bracket.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Be sure to hold the display and upper case together with your left hand. Failure to do so may cause the freed display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging each component.

  • Remove the last remaining T6 Torx screw securing the display to the upper case.

Edit Step 16  ¶ 

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Grab the upper case with your right hand and rotate it slightly toward the top of the display so the upper display bracket clears the edge of the upper case.

  • Rotate the display slightly away from the upper case.

  • Lift the display up and away from the upper case, minding any brackets or cables that may get caught.

Edit Step 17 Front Display Glass  ¶ 

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Edit Step 17 Front Display Glass  ¶ 

  • It's very easy for the rubber display gasket to deform when exposed to heat, so it is best to remove it before using a heat gun to remove the display glass.

  • Insert a plastic opening tool underneath the black rubber gasket at the bottom left corner of the display assembly.

  • Gently pry the wide edge of the gasket up from the back case.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

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Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Starting with the freed corner, pull the left gasket off the left side of the display assembly.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Continue pulling the display gasket off the display assembly across the top edge.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

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Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • Continue pulling the display gasket off the display assembly down the right side.

  • Pull the gasket off the bottom edge of the display to completely free it and set it aside.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

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Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • In the following steps, you will use a heat gun to soften the adhesive securing the outer black border around the underside of the front glass panel to the display.

  • Before starting, be sure to clean the display glass with a lint-free cloth moistened with a mild solution; it will make the suction cup adhere better, and will make checking for dust on reassembly easier.

  • With the heat gun set to low, start by heating the outer black border near the upper right corner of the glass panel.

  • Due to the heat applied, it is normal for a layer of condensation to develop on the inside of the glass panel and/or the outside of the LCD. It can be removed with glass cleaner once the glass is separated from the display.

Edit Step 22  ¶ 

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Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • With the panel sufficiently heated, fasten a heavy-duty suction cup near the lower right corner of the display glass.

  • To attach the suction cups we sell, first position the suction cup with the movable handle parallel to the face of the glass panel. While lightly holding the suction cup against the glass, raise the movable handle until it is parallel with the other handle.

  • Gently lift the corner of the display glass enough to insert a guitar pick between it and the display assembly.

  • Use the guitar pick to gently pry up the adhesive securing the front glass to the display.

  • Pry up the glass panel along the right edge of the display up to the halfway point.

  • Leave the guitar pick in place halfway up the right side of the display and remove the suction cup.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

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Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Use a heat gun to soften the adhesive under the display glass along the right and top edges of the display.

  • Attach a suction cup to the upper right corner of the front glass panel.

  • Pull up on the glass panel while you use a second guitar pick to separate it from the rest of the display assembly.

  • Continue working along the right edge of the front display glass until it is separated from the display.

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

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  • Work along the top edge of the display assembly, carefully prying the adhesive up with the guitar pick.

  • Stop prying about an inch before you reach the iSight camera. Leave the guitar pick in place and remove the suction cup.

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

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Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • Repeat steps 22 through 24 for the left side and the left top edge of the display.

Edit Step 26  ¶ 

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Edit Step 26  ¶ 

  • After prying up the three edges of the display glass, you should have four guitar picks resting underneath the panel, as shown.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

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Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • With the heat gun set to low, heat the bottom edge of the display to soften the adhesive holding the glass in place.

  • A number of cables and the AirPort card lie underneath the clutch cover, so do not heat the area for too long.

  • Slowly lift the top edge of the glass panel and gently rotate it out of the display.

  • If necessary, use a plastic opening tool to free any part of the lower edge of the glass that is still attached.

  • Before reassembling, be sure to clean both the inside of the glass display panel and the LCD as any dust or fingerprints trapped inside will be annoyingly visible when the machine is on.

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

For more information, check out the MacBook Pro 17" Unibody device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

important to reassemble the "lower case" successfully: the threads of the seven 3mm phillips screws are drilled at an angle :-/

mysterioes, · Reply

Very important note; this guide is NOT correct for the Macbook Pro 17" A1297 late '11.

The A1297 has an assembly adjacent to the optical drive, identifiable by 4 antenna connectors, 1 usb cable (with very small connector) and one PCI-e flat cable running across the optical drive.

I did not take pictures, but found one on the web. I'm very new to iFixit and have no idea yet on how to create a guide, but here's the picture showing the assembly on top (this pic only has 3 antenna wires, the A1297 has 4, but at least you'll know what to look for.

- carefully undo all connections and 2 screws

- remove the assembly and flip it over

- again carefully remove the shielding tape

- undo 3 tiny screws

- gently pry the airport card from the assembly (the flat cable will be a bit of a pain)

- reverse process with replacement card.

image can be found here:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2446...

Remon, · Reply

I recommend using anti-static protection, i.e., wearing a ground strap, or at least touch metal chassis inside the computer before unplugging cables. Otherwise, you might create an ESD discharge into your RAM and have to replace it like I did!

d68ef792, · Reply

This step is a little difficult in reverse, that is, when re-attaching the battery. It helps to tilt the laptop up so you can see the edge of the board that accepts the plug. It may look like there are two slots for it, it goes in the bigger slot that is further away from the board.

yary hluchan, · Reply

Is this step really necessary? It is not part of the instructions how to replace the HDD in Apple's User Manual of the 2011 17" MBP.

Tobias Hahn, · Reply

As it says in the step: "Whenever working near the logic board, it is always wise to first disconnect the battery to avoid short circuits." It is not required, but it is simple insurance to avoid a $1000+ repair should you accidentally short components on the board with something metal.

Andrew Bookholt,

There was no tab on my model. Battery is affixed to board and screws must be removed.

bhodges2, · Reply

Mine also, and looks as if removing connector could damage motherboard.

Stephen,

* There is no tab on the A1297 (late 2011) model's battery connector. Be careful with the connector, it chips off the edges easily! Otherwise the same as bhodges2 & Stephen's notes.

** (Pleas also include the exact Model and Part numbers like P/N: MD311D/A; Mod.: A1297 in the comments and notes for your MBP)

Pinguman, · Reply

Why are there no guides for the Late 2011 17" MacBook Pro A1297 (2.4GHz i7 quad core, MD311LL/A)??? I just replaced the RAM in mine and discovered that not only is there no tab on the battery connector, but the connector pulls straight up, perpendicular to the logic board, rather than parallel. I almost ripped the wires out of the connector by trying to pull it out parallel to the logic board like this guide instructed! After finally getting it out, my advice to those with the Late 2011 model is to use a spudger to loosen the edges of the connector then lift the connector straight up to get it out safely.

Dave, · Reply

I replaced the display on my late 2011 model and noticed that it was quite different than the tutorial given here so I detailed all the differences to help others with late-2011 models on my blog: http://johnfixesstuff.blogspot.com/2014/...

jmueller,

I think I should have a photo of the plastic retainer as there may be more people like me who were afraid to take the part.

Cassio Machado, · Reply

I viewed a YouTube video showing this process. There was a warning about the stripping of the Torx screws being common on this mid-2009 model MBP. Is that something you have come ever across? It's the only thing holding me back from attempting this myself. TY in advance!

s0mvh, · Reply

Taking those hinge screws out can be difficult (they are fat, and they resist turning). In my first attempt I destroyed the Torx screwdriver bit (soft metal, I discovered, so the bit twisted into a corkscrew before it snapped off). After buying the ifixit screwdriver set I found that the driver bits were tough enough, but the screws still would not budge! So, I used a small mole-grip wrench to hold the metal part of the screwdriver, and GENTLY turned until I felt the screw give way with a click. Luckily, the threads did not strip. However, if you find that even with that extra torque from the wrench, it is still resisting in a big way, go one more step and try a very tiny drop of thread-loosening fluid on it. (That last suggestion, however, is risky, so be careful.... do not let any fluid get anywhere except the screw, and then give it time to work).

rpwl,

What's the url to the youtube video you mentioned?

David Fear,

I just did this now (11:21 am, Sept 18 2014) A tip for removing glass bezel on the frame if you don't have a heat gun. I used a very sharp but super thin razor (the one for shaving) and slice the adhesive. Be careful not to hit the lcd. After slicing all around, get any thin plastic card and slide it all around the bezel until the glass comes off. I have a mid 09 macbook pro 17" that had a broken lcd and a 2010 macbook pro i7 17" that had a logic board problem but good lcd. Both A1297. I did it twice using my method.

J A N Marquez, · Reply

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