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MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Models A1226 and A1260 Upper Case Replacement

The ins and outs of replacing your upper case.

Schritt 1 Upper Case  ¶ 

Use a spudger to pry up the translucent plastic sheet covering the keyboard connector.

Schritt 1 Upper Case  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to pry up the translucent plastic sheet covering the keyboard connector.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the black plastic flap locking down the keyboard ribbon cable.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the black plastic flap locking down the keyboard ribbon cable.

  • Slide the orange keyboard backlight ribbon out of its connector.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

Peel up the orange tape covering the keyboard backlight connector.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

  • Peel up the orange tape covering the keyboard backlight connector.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the brown plastic flap locking down the keyboard backlight ribbon cable.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to flip up the brown plastic flap locking down the keyboard backlight ribbon cable.

Schritt 5  ¶ 

Use a spudger or your finger to slide the keyboard backlight ribbon out of its connector.

Schritt 5  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger or your finger to slide the keyboard backlight ribbon out of its connector.

Schritt 6  ¶ 

In this step you will be peeling adhesive to give access to screws, it is not necessary to fully remove these shields. Peel back the black protective sheath on the right side of the upper case.

Schritt 6  ¶ 

  • In this step you will be peeling adhesive to give access to screws, it is not necessary to fully remove these shields.

  • Peel back the black protective sheath on the right side of the upper case.

  • Similarly, peel back the black protective sheath on the left side of the upper case.

Schritt 7  ¶ 

Remove the 12 identical Phillips screws attaching the keyboard to the casing.

Schritt 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the 12 identical Phillips screws attaching the keyboard to the casing.

  • There are six locking tabs along the back edge of the keyboard holding it in place. These tabs must be straightened before you can remove the keyboard.

Schritt 8  ¶ 

Slide the keyboard ribbon out of its connector.

Schritt 8  ¶ 

  • Slide the keyboard ribbon out of its connector.

  • If the keyboard ribbon won't slide out, make sure that the black plastic flap holding the ribbon in place is vertical.

  • It is common for the small ribbon just beside the keyboard ribbon to wear out with use in this model. (Keyboard and trackpad would not work but power button will.) The solution is to apply pressure directly on that cable where it enters the flap (with a piece of plastic or a folded paper that is pushed against by the battery).

Schritt 9  ¶ 

Place the upper casing on its edge and use a spudger to push the keyboard away from the casing, poking the spudger through the central keyboard screw hole. Grasp the keyboard as it separates from the casing. Maintaining your hold on the keyboard, lay the casing flat and gently bow the keyboard until the two tabs on either side of the keyboard come free.

Schritt 9  ¶ 

  • Place the upper casing on its edge and use a spudger to push the keyboard away from the casing, poking the spudger through the central keyboard screw hole. Grasp the keyboard as it separates from the casing.

  • Maintaining your hold on the keyboard, lay the casing flat and gently bow the keyboard until the two tabs on either side of the keyboard come free.

  • Slide the keyboard away from the trackpad and out of the upper case.

  • Reassembly Tip: Ensure that the keyboard backlight ribbon emerges cable through the hole in the upper case.

Schritt 10  ¶ 

Remove the two Phillips screws securing the black antenna holder to the upper case.

Schritt 10  ¶ 

  • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the black antenna holder to the upper case.

  • Lift the black Bluetooth antenna holder off of the upper case.

  • Disconnect the Bluetooth antenna cable from the Bluetooth board.

  • Lift the Bluetooth antenna out of its housing in the upper case. The Bluetooth antenna may be secured to the upper case with an adhesive, so rocking the antenna board from side to side may help it come free easier.

Schritt 11  ¶ 

Disconnect the Bluetooth antenna cable from the Bluetooth board. Lift the Bluetooth antenna out of its housing in the upper case. The Bluetooth antenna may be secured to the upper case with an adhesive, so rocking the antenna board from side to side may help it come free easier.

Schritt 11  ¶ 

  • Disconnect the Bluetooth antenna cable from the Bluetooth board.

  • Lift the Bluetooth antenna out of its housing in the upper case. The Bluetooth antenna may be secured to the upper case with an adhesive, so rocking the antenna board from side to side may help it come free easier.

Schritt 12  ¶ 

Remove the single Phillips screw securing the Bluetooth board to the lower case.

Schritt 12  ¶ 

  • Remove the single Phillips screw securing the Bluetooth board to the lower case.

Schritt 13  ¶ 

Peel up the Bluetooth data cable from the adhesive on the upper case, removing tape as necessary. Disconnect the Bluetooth data cable from the upper case.

Schritt 13  ¶ 

  • Peel up the Bluetooth data cable from the adhesive on the upper case, removing tape as necessary.

  • Disconnect the Bluetooth data cable from the upper case.

  • Lift the Bluetooth board and attached cable off the upper case.

  • To install your replacement upper case, install your current Bluetooth board, antenna, and keyboard into the replacement case and reassemble your computer.