MacBook Core Duo Upper Case Replacement
MacBook Core Duo upper case replacement.
- Author: iRobot
- Time estimate: 10 - 20 minutes
- Difficulty: Moderate
Use this guide to replace your MacBook Core Duo's upper case, which also contains the trackpad and keyboard.
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Step 1 — Upper Case ¶
Remove the following 3 screws:
One 11 mm Phillips #00 in the middle of the case.
Two 14.5 mm Phillips #00.
Step 2 ¶
Remove the following 3 screws from the rear wall of the battery compartment:
Two 3 mm Phillips #00. (A1181 has three 3 mm screws and one 4 mm.)
One 4 mm Phillips #00 on the right side.
Step 3 ¶
Remove the two 6 mm Phillips #00 screws from either side of the right wall of the battery compartment (not the ones closest to the battery connector).
Step 4 ¶
Remove the four 3 mm indicated Phillips #00 screws from the front wall of the battery compartment. When working from the left, remove the 2nd, 4th, 7th and 9th screw.
Step 5 ¶
Remove the following 4 screws from the back of the computer:
Two 7 mm shouldered Phillips on the far sides.
Two 10.5 mm Phillips toward the center.
Step 6 ¶
Remove the two 5.2 mm shouldered Phillips #00 screws from the optical side of the computer.
Step 7 ¶
Starting near the display and working around to the front of the computer, pry up on the upper case. It is held with clips on the right above the optical drive. These will release with some firm lifting pressure.
Be careful when prying up the upper case. It's very easy to slice open a fingertip and thus provide the blood sacrifice the Mac gods sometimes require of those who insist on doing their own repairs.
Step 8 ¶
While holding up the upper case (from the bottom or the top), use a spudger to pry up the orange trackpad and keyboard cable from its connector.