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MacBook Core Duo Front Display Bezel Replacement

MacBook Core Duo front display bezel replacement.

  • Author: iRobot
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Use this guide to replace the plastic frame around your MacBook Core Duo's LCD.

Step 1 Front Display Bezel  ¶ 

The following steps should be identical for both white and black MacBooks.

Step 1 Front Display Bezel  ¶ 

  • The following steps should be identical for both white and black MacBooks.

  • Use a thin plastic card to release the tabs holding the front display bezel to the display assembly. There are five tabs along the left side of the display bezel.

  • Don't use a card that cannot be replaced if damaged. The clips can be difficult to remove and the card can bend and break, rendering it useless.

Step 2  ¶ 

Continue to free the tabs along the the top edge of the display assembly.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Continue to free the tabs along the the top edge of the display assembly.

  • Be careful when working near the iSight camera.

Step 3  ¶ 

Next, free the five tabs securing the display bezel on the right side.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Next, free the five tabs securing the display bezel on the right side.

Step 4  ¶ 

Lift up the front display bezel from the top and use your plastic card to free the tabs along the bottom edge of the display bezel. Make sure that your card is between the metal frame around the LCD panel and the display bezel and not touching the LCD panel itself.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Lift up the front display bezel from the top and use your plastic card to free the tabs along the bottom edge of the display bezel.

  • Make sure that your card is between the metal frame around the LCD panel and the display bezel and not touching the LCD panel itself.

  • After freeing all holding tabs, lift the front display bezel away from the display assembly.

Step 5  ¶ 

Sometimes when removing the front display bezel, the retaining clips that should remain captive in the LCD brackets come out with the front display bezel. Follow this and the next step to transfer the clips back to the LCD bracket. Use a metal spudger or another thin tool to carefully pry the gray plastic clips off the tabs molded into the front display bezel. A 0.8mm flat screwdriver may be useful for this step.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Sometimes when removing the front display bezel, the retaining clips that should remain captive in the LCD brackets come out with the front display bezel. Follow this and the next step to transfer the clips back to the LCD bracket.

  • Use a metal spudger or another thin tool to carefully pry the gray plastic clips off the tabs molded into the front display bezel. A 0.8mm flat screwdriver may be useful for this step.

  • Be careful, as the clips are made of thin plastic and are inherently delicate.

Step 6  ¶ 

Insert the longer end of the retaining clip beneath the edge of its recess cut into the LCD bracket. Use the edge of a metal spudger to push the shorter tab on the other side of the retaining clip into the recess cut into the LCD bracket.

Step 6  ¶ 

  • Insert the longer end of the retaining clip beneath the edge of its recess cut into the LCD bracket.

  • Use the edge of a metal spudger to push the shorter tab on the other side of the retaining clip into the recess cut into the LCD bracket.

  • The second picture shows the LCD bracket properly installed.