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Replacing the top case/keyboard/trackpad of macbook pro

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MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2012 Upper Case Replacement

1 - 3 hours

Difficult

My Problem

My son spilled a glass of water on my wife's 2011 early macbook pro. The keyboard and trackpad no longer behaved properly

My Fix

The repair took a long time. It was difficult. But in the end it was successful.

My Advice

Take your time. It is a good idea to have an egg carton or ice tray (or two) to keep screws sorted in the order of the repair step. The hardest part I think was step 17 replacing the keyboard ribbon cable when I was re-assembling everything. What I wound up doing was using tape to grab the ribbon cable to pull it so it would seat properly. Make sure all cables attached to the logic board are available after re-seating the logic board. I had twisted the track pad cable, buried the subwoofer connector, as well as the optical drive. Got them all sorted out eventually.

Spudger Image
Spudger

$3.99

Phillips #00 Screwdriver Image
Phillips #00 Screwdriver

$6.99

Anti-Static Mat Image
Anti-Static Mat

$24.99

Anti-Static Wrist Strap Image
Anti-Static Wrist Strap

$7.99

Tri-point Y1 Screwdriver Image
Tri-point Y1 Screwdriver

$12.99

TR6 Torx Security Screwdriver Image
TR6 Torx Security Screwdriver

$6.99

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Early 2011-Mid 2012) Upper Case Image
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Early 2011-Mid 2012) Upper Case

$299.99

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