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replace the keyboard with a late 2010 model or fix a wine drenched dot

Have a MacBook mid 2011 that got wine spilled over it a couple of years ago, all works except the dot and comma keys, they do work sometimes but mostly not. Wifey have the computer now and she demands a fix.

I also have a late 2010 model that I use for parts, can I use the keyboard from the 2010 in the 2011 model? The newer one have backlight, the old one not but we can live without that, any other known issues?

Has anybody tried to clean the Keys from underneath? Removing the foil and dig in from there? Which would be an option as well...

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First, salvaging the older systems keyboard to fix your newer system I think you'll find is not that easy. It would be just easier getting a proper replacement keyboard which are not that expensive.

As for trying to recovery your current keyboard. I'm sure the acids in the wine has eaten away at the contact & traces enough so the key is not fixable given the amount of time thats past. Sure its worth trying as long as you're not under a time crunch.

I would first see if popping off the key cap and using some distilled water on a cotton swab (Q-Tip) is able to get to the damage. If not removing the keyboard from the uppercase would be the only other way. While you would need to go this far if you where to replace the keyboard alone so if it fails to work you really haven't lost anything in the process. The only rub here is some of the keyboards are riveted Vs screwed or a combo of both. So while you might be able to salvage the keyboard you may not have enough fasteners to support the keyboard.

If you get a new keyboard make sure the supplier also gives you the needed fasteners with it.

Here's the IFIXIT guide to get to the bare uppercase: MacBook Air 13" Mitte 2011 oberes Gehäuse austauschen and heres a similar system guide on keyboard replacement: MacBook Pro (13 Zoll, Mitte 2010, Unibody) Tastatur Austausch jump to the last steps for reference.

MacBook Air 13" Mid 2011 Oberes Gehäuse Bild


MacBook Air 13" Mitte 2011 oberes Gehäuse austauschen



50 minutes - 1 hour

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 Tastatur Bild


MacBook Pro (13 Zoll, Mitte 2010, Unibody) Tastatur Austausch



2 - 4 hours

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Thanks Dan. My plan would be to swap the upper cases with keyboard and all, to avoid having to remove the actual keyboard...

I would get the keyboard as a replacement but I have a Swedish keyboard and I am living in Germany so locating a spare is not that easy, unfortunately.

But thanks for your input!


That works too!


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