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MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2009 Display Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

Use this guide to replace the entire display assembly.

Step 1 Display  ¶ 

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Step 1 Display  ¶ 

  • Apple sticks a small strip of clear plastic with adhesive applied to one side of the logic board behind the camera cable connector to keep it in its socket. When moving it out of the way, be sure not to break any surface-mount components off the logic board.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to rotate the plastic retainer away from the camera cable connector.

Step 2  ¶ 

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Step 2  ¶ 

  • Pull the camera cable away from its socket on the logic board.

  • Pull the connector parallel to the face of the logic board, not straight up.

Step 3  ¶ 

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Step 3  ¶ 

  • Peel the camera cable off the adhesive securing it to the body of the optical drive.

Step 4  ¶ 

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Step 4  ¶ 

  • This step is only required if you have an anti-glare display. If you have a glossy display, skip to step 12.

  • Disconnect the Bluetooth cable by pulling the male end straight away from its socket.

  • Pull the connector parallel to the face of the logic board, not straight up.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Bluetooth antenna cable up from its socket on the board.

Step 5  ¶ 

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Step 5  ¶ 

  • This step is only required if you have an anti-glare display.

  • Remove the two 8 mm Phillips screws securing the Bluetooth/camera cable retainer to the upper case.

  • One of the screws may remain captive in the Bluetooth/camera cable ground loop. If replacing the display, be sure to transfer this screw to the new unit.

  • Lift the Bluetooth board/cable retainer assembly out of the upper case.

Step 6  ¶ 

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Step 6  ¶ 

  • This step is only for glossy display machines. If you have an anti-glare display, skip this step.

  • Remove the two 8 mm Phillips screws securing the camera cable retainer to the upper case.

  • One of the screws may remain captive in the camera cable ground loop. If replacing the display, be sure to transfer this screw to the new unit.

  • Lift the camera cable retainer out of the upper case.

Step 7  ¶ 

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Step 7  ¶ 

  • Grab the plastic pull tab secured to the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer.

Step 8  ¶ 

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Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the single 7 mm Phillips screw securing the display data cable retainer to the upper case.

  • This screw may remain captive in the display data cable ground loop. If replacing the display, be sure to transfer this screw to the new unit.

  • Remove the display data cable retainer from the upper case.

Step 9  ¶ 

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Step 9  ¶ 

  • Be sure the display data cable lock is rotated toward the DC-In board before proceeding.

  • Pull the display data cable connector straight away from its socket.

  • Make sure to pull the connector parallel to the face of the logic board, not straight up from its socket.

Step 10  ¶ 

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Step 10  ¶ 

  • Remove the outer two T6 Torx screws securing both display hinges to the upper case (four screws total).

Step 11  ¶ 

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Step 11  ¶ 

  • 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.

Step 12  ¶ 

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Step 12  ¶ 

  • 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.

Step 13  ¶ 

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Step 13  ¶ 

  • 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.