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Malfunction as of spilling red wine over keyboard
Great guide, the comments are the best part of it, alas I found them afterwards
Some screws (4x) were very tight and therefore damaged and difficult to remove (picture 1)
I used a needle file to create new grip and remove them
The battery cable connector (picture 2) also damaged
the picture in the guide suggests to pry at the corner, better try this slowly with different angles of attack
Luckily it operated normal in spite of the damage
The speaker connector also damaged (picture 3)
removal of the connector should be done very careful
it took some time to reinstall it in the proper way
Installing the track pad
So glad I came this far and tightened the T6 Torx screw of the track pad without checking... Experienced it during boot up, everything had to be done over again (second time was much easier)
Keyboard ribbon cable (picture 2)
though I installed it the right way
By placing the battery afterwards the cable is easily displaced and the Mac Book won't boot up
So I had to remove the under case for the third time
The lower case is constructed of rubber-coated aluminum.
the rubber coating gets lose when removing the lower case multiple times… (picture 4)
With the metal spudger the job was done
and YES in the end everything worked as it should. I fixed it !!
Read the guide thoroughly AND ALL the comments before you even start
J'ai voulu nettoyer mon clavier mais j'avais mis trop de produit. Mon Macbook est tombe en panne.
J'ai trouve le site IFIXIT sur internet. j'ai voulu regler la facture par PAYPAL mais cela m'a été refuse. c'est avec appréhension que j'ai regle par Carte Bleue. Mais tout c'est bien passe. Ancien technicien de maintenance je n'ai pas eu de mal a changer la piece. Mon ordinateur fonctionne de nouveau a merveille.
IFIXIT est une entreprise sérieuse. j'ai pu suivre mon colis durant son transport et FEDEX m'a livre des que ma piece a été libérée par la Douane
My 2 year old pulled some key caps off the keyboard, and then my 4 year old spit lemonade all over my macbook.
It went fairly well. I put most of the screws in bowls or baggies labelled with the step number from the repair guide. This helped find the right screws when putting it back together.
Separate the different sized screws. Some in the same step differ by less than a mm. Buy a good phillips screw driver; the iFixit torx and tri-wing drivers gave me no problems, but the Canadian Tire phillips drivers gave me a lot of trouble. I was worried I was going to have to drill out a few screws and find replacements.
I was given a white MacBook from a friend of mine.
She told me that the keyboard and superdrive where suddenly not working properly anymore. (the superdrive did not eject and the keyboard was just sporadically reacting)
According to a licensed service center, she brought the laptop to before asking me for help, the repair would have cost around 600 €, which was way out of her budget.
Also she was told that the damage was due to a "cocoa-spill", which she thoroughly denied ever happened.
At first I tried the usual, aka. run test programs and then take it apart to clean and check for optically visible damage.
The programs all told me that everything was fine, but upon unscrewing the lower case, I was greeted by the biggest cocoa-stain I've ever seen.
So I took the whole thing apart and cleaned everything.
Et voila, the superdrive worked like a charm again.
For the keyboard which was beyond repair (some milk probably had shortened the internal contacts), I ordered a replacement from ifixit.
After reassembling everything (and changing a few keys) I was done.
Time: around 6 hours, mainly due to my cleaning and fiddling
could probably be done in 2
- even if you live in Austria (as I do) the parts arrive very fast, but beware of import fees
- get some good tools (had to upgrade in the process of taking the thing apart because the screws were suffering)
- don't believe it when people tell you that no liquid was involved
I spilled some coffee over my keyboard, enough to stop some keys from working.
I ordered the upper case from Germany and it came relatively fast.
It was successful and the only thing I had problems with was getting the keyboard cable back into it's "lock". I had to remove the battery again to pull the cable a little further outside to have more space to work with.
It took way more time than I expected but be patient, it's worth the time after all.
Prepare yourself and take your time.
How come the keys aren't working on the computer anymore? I don't know. Maybe its because we accidentally spilled a drink on it. Uh-oh. Well the mac store wants over $300.00 to fix it. The local computer store said they can't help us so it was internet search here we go. I would have never really wanted to have to do this. I tear our cars apart all the time and things usually work out. My wife said she thought this was right up my alley. So click it and ship it along with some tools and i was faced with 47 steps of removing the keyboard let alone getting it back together.
All in all it went fairly well. I had to back track a couple of times to get everything back right but the biggest fear was wondering if I got the keyboard plugged in right. It doesn't go back in easy since you are bending a tape and sticking it into a slot. I did not know if I went far enough for it to work but I guess I did.
My mac did not have step 33 in it and I wondered if I was missing something. It should be noted that this step may not be necessary. My optical drive and rear speaker came out at the same time. More information about knowing if your keyboard connections are good might give more peace too.
Accidental water damage seeped into the keyboard. I know I can get this for cheaper on other websites but time was of the essence so I put in more cash than I would have for this fix. I've used this machine since 2009 and did not want to get a new laptop so I decided to perform the repair manually.
Amazingly I did not break anything even though this was my first time fully disassembling this laptop. Thanks to the ifixit instructions.
When performing this repair be *very* careful not to break anything and patience is key. I spent 4 hours doing this repair. Also check out Quick File Rename, the best utility to rename files and folders! :)
Last year, my laptop was ruined after sitting in a pool of water on my bed. I accidentally left my brand new water bottle on my bed with the flip lid not fully closed. My laptop was plugged in at the time of the disaster. I left the laptop in a pizza box full of rice while I went on a pilgrimage through Spain and Portugal. When I returned, the laptop would not turn on so I brought it in to a repair shop. They initially installed a new hard drive and then told me I would need a new keyboard so I requested to have the new hard drive taken out and the old one re-installed because the cost of having it repaired in a shop would have not been worth it. I have an interest in repair so I decided to tackle to repair myself.
I found iFixit while Googling my laptop model and was happy to find such a user friendly step-by-step repair guide. I was also happy that you could also purchase the parts directly from the site.
The installation of the new hard drive and upper case went very smoothly, however, upon completion, I noticed that my optical drive was not working. So I used a USB flash drive to install the 'Start-Up' software.
Mission accomplished!! Out with the old and in with the new!
AMAZING! My optical drive is still not working but I will probably end up installing an additional hard drive to replace it. Mostly everything now-a-days is downloadable anyway. The installation of the hard drive and upper case went so smoothly, I was so surprised!
Be careful not to mix the screws up. I used scotch tape and labeled each step but I still managed to mix a few up and loose a few.
Thank-you iFixit! I'm so happy with my experience!!!
Keyboard was spill ed on, sticky/non working keys
Video left out a couple of steps but was otherwise very accurate and easy to follow.
Don't drink near your macbook.
I spilt wine on my macbook and it destroyed the keyboard. I had to use a USB keyboard for years until I somehow came upon this fix it site. My curiosity was peaked. I saw I could purchase the keyboard separate so I ordered it along with the dual hard drive enclosure to replace my defunct optical drive. I also ordered 16 GB of ram and a 480GB SSD drive to upgrade the current components.
I would be blind going at this alone, but with this site's extremely easy to follow guide I replaced my unibody keyboard, swapped out my optical drive with a dual HDD (which used to be the original hard drive), upgraded my ram from 2GB up to 16GB and changed my HDD to an SSD. I was ready to scrap this macbook, but because of this site my macbook is working like new and fully upgraded.
My advice is to simply use a muffin tin to seperate screws for each step to not mix them up. Otherwise follow the guide and it should be really easy. Saved lots of money by fixing it myself. The only hard part (but not really hard) was making an exact bootable copy of the existing hard drive to the new one.