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  • Answer to: Why is my built in camera not working

    It's possible that the cable has come loose. Which model MBP 15" do you have? You should be able to check out one of the guides for your model which will show you up to the point of pulling out the isight camera cable. If I knew your model I could direct you to the most relevant guide. edit check out the below guide up to step 13: MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Model A1211 Inverter/Camera Cable Replacement
  • Answer to: Trackpad partly stopped functioning after tea spill?

    Hi Pieter, I just did a near-complete teardown of the 2010 MBP thanks to tea. If you follow the upper case replacement guide you can get to the point where you can see the trackpad right away just by removing the battery. Fortunately for me (but unfortunately for you), there didn't appear to be any tea around the trackpad area. However, from my experience inside the case, there's a *chance* you may be able to partially dissassemble the trackpad and do some cleaning that may remedy or mediate the issue. In any case I would suggest pulling it apart for cleaning just to make sure there is no other damage that can become a bigger problem later on down the road. Take a look at the attached pictures and you can see that the trackpad has screws that you may be able to remove to do some deeper cleaning. You may also benefit from the info provided in the question and answers from my own tea spill :)
  • Answer to: What kind of screwdriver to open base of 2010 15" unibody?

    It seems to be dependent on the screwdrivers... I bought a set of bits at fry's and the #00 was too small and I had to use the #0. They turned out to be pretty crappy quality, so I ordered the 54 bit set from ifixit, and the #00 fits perfectly. Just make sure that before you start using any pressure, the screwdriver is seated quite firmly into the screw without a lot of "wiggle". If its too small or large, you'll end up with a stripped screw. In general though, if you have the time, I'd order the bit set from here since overall they were much higher quality than anything I had a available locally. Only took about 3 days for me to get them as well :)
  • Answer to: Black display frame for anti-glare model?

    The "true" black frame is underneath the glass, so I doubt it would be possible to do it with OEM parts. It's not like the frame on the anti-glare, which surrounds the display from the outside (you can touch it). Makes you wonder though... If the frame dimensions are similar, might it be possible to disassemble a glossy screen, remove the frame, and install it on an anti-glare? Might be a fun thing to try if you had access to some broken screens.
  • Answer to: installed new hard drive, won't recognize disc

    You need to go to Utilities menu in the Mac OS X Installer application that boots from the Leopard CD. Open the Disk Utility application and use it to partition and format the drive. Afterward, quit Disk Utility and continue with the Mac OS X Installer. Your new drive should now be available as a target for the installation. update in reply to OP's comment: Basic Answer: It kind of depends on what you want to use the drive for other than just the operating system installation. If you're not experienced with partitioning, I would just set it to 1 and use all available space for the one partition. Choose "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" as the format. Also, click on options, and choose "GUID Partition Table". If you do decide to leave space on the drive instead of using the entire amount for the partition, you can create other partitions in that space later on from OS X, or even increase the partition size so that it sucks up the remaining space. So leaving space unallocated won't hurt you in the long run. The Lon...
  • Answer to: What if the triwing screw is flattened by me

    you can use a dremel or file to make a small straight groove in the middle of the screw head which will help with markus's suggestion of using a flathead screwdriver. it takes a bit of patience and some trial and error, but eventually you will be able to fit the flathead and remove the screw. update: The answer I provided is pretty funny to me now... I had to do a teardown on mine and I stripped the EXACT same screw on the EXACT same model :) I ended up using a small pair of grooved grooved pliers to turn the screw from the outside. Maybe this needs to be noted in the battery removal guide, seems like they extra-loctited that screw or something.


  • MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010 Upper Case Replacement

    I switched the colors denoting the 2 screws in this step. I can't speak for anyone else's, but in my MacBook Pro the screw on the left in the picture was twice as long as the screw pictured on the right. However, I guess I don't really understand editing on the site because my changes do not show up in the history or the document.

  • MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010 Upper Case Replacement

    Cool, thanks! Glad to help :)

  • Motorola Droid Rear Case Replacement

    This is actually extremely difficult to do with the plastic spudger pictured. I was forced to use the thin sharp tip on a metal spudger to get any leverage, which slightly damages the plastic.