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Halogen bulb murders LCD panel. iFixit rescues the survivors!

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MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009 LCD Replacement

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009 LCD Replacement

1 - 2 Stunden

Very difficult

Mein Problem

A fist-sized black hole was left in the upper center of the LCD display after an adjustable halogen lamp decided to take a nap on the upper edge of my open laptop while I was preparing dinner.

Meine Reparatur

My husband and I replaced the panel over a three day period. He removed the various screws and parts while I read through the directions and organized the parts for reassembly. We used 9 or 10 rectangular magnets from various vacations (Thank you Glacier, Yellowstone, Acadia, Banff, Jasper, Shenandoah, Yosemite, Arches, Rocky Mountain and Grand Teton National Parks) to hold the screws removed at various steps and labeled the magnets with the appropriate step number so we could reassemble with ease. All was going well until I found that the suction cups I tried to use were not strong enough. Amazon Prime to the rescue! We packed up all the pieces/parts in individual zip-lock bags and waited for the UPS man to arrive two days later with the suction cups. The toughest part was removing the glass panel from the LCD. I personally thought the micro-steps in that section of the repair guide to be overkill... I read through them only to find we had already completed most of them based on information in the first step or two. Anyway...the machine is all back together and working wonderfully. I also took the opportunity to replace the battery while we had the whole thing opened up. So simple... not sure why Apple says the consumer shouldn't do the replacement. My only complaint is that I ordered a Torx6 screwdriver, as recommended by the iFixit site when I order the LCD panel, only to find that not one of the Torx head screws we needed to remove were #6. RB went digging and found a Torx8 socket buried with other mystery parts that somehow found their way into his hardware collection. Thank goodness!

Mein Rat

The magnets worked very well for organizing screws and saved me from depleting my printer cartridges and wasting paper. Removing the glass beginning at the lower right corner of display and working counterclockwise was better for us than starting at the upper right as mentioned in the guide. I already gave my opinion on the glass removal steps. The only frustration my husband mentioned was that consecutive pictures in some locations in the guide showed the MacBookPro in different orientations. He would turn the computer around to match the pic (so he knew he was seeing the instructions and computer clearly) and then have to turn it once again for the next step. Also, I edited the instruction for removing the camera bracket, which was unnecessary if replacing the LCD panel. Don't order a Torx6 for this repair...

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TR6 Torx Security Screwdriver


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MacBook Pro 13" Unibody LCD Panel


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