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Classical touch of beauty, from Leipzig traverso to "Citroën DS" Penryn

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MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261

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MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261 Keyboard Replacement


Mein Problem

I am in love with my Apple MacBook Pro Penryn 17 inch. I think the Penryn model is a classical example of beautiful ever-lasting modern design, the Citroën DS of laptops.

It is not without reason that you see it in movies, like "It's complicated", and in ads. My babe has cost a lot as well.

There were wear marks on the "a", on the "s" and on the "n". I had probably typed with dirty hands. I was so ashamed about the rudeness, or is it sloth, I had done to my beauty, I had to repair.

And I had the money, by selling a 1920 Leipzig Moritz Max Mönnige wooden traverso flute to a flute graduate from the conservatory who wanted it next to his metal traverso flute, and who had also fallen in love at first sight of this grand classical traverso model. Life is tough, but sometimes really grand for easily inflammable guys.

I got $ 2,611 for the flute, an amount which I divided with my two brothers, for it was the flute of my deceased father. I got $ 1,045 as share and for my selling activities.

Meine Reparatur

You sent me not a T6 Torx screwdriver, but it was a T8, as I could assess in the tool shop I went to the next morning, after the first night I wanted to spend on the repair. Look at the photos.

So this night I had to do something else. The next morning I bought a T6 Torx screwdriver, and a T5, to be absolutely sure I would encounter no more obstacles. There is a photo of the three screwdrivers.

So I started. When I came to see the motherboard, after removing the lid in which the keyboard is fixed, I was scared. I had been taking numerous photos but now it became serious.

How to get the ribbon off the motherboard without damage? There was a translucent orange tape on the spot the ribbon was fixed to the motherboard.

I pulled it off, and off came a square of soft black rubber with the tape. O my God! But it was just some rubber. I carefully pulled the ribbon out of the motherboard, out of a little black rectangle.

I was too stressed to take a photo of the orange tape with the soft black rubber on it.

I went on, and learned by carefully poking with the fine tip of the spudger how you can unloose the things you call "the flap" which fixes a ribbon to a connection. I was not yet familiar with this kind of connection, so, it was adventure again.

I had to unloosen ribbons that were glued to the surface, by carefully poking with the flat end of the spudger. Again, some excitement here.

6 of the twelve screws which hold the keyboard fixed were covered by little black plastic circles. I unpulled them. I have a photo.

I was not really sure whether i could insert the keyboard ribbon far enough into the connector with the flap, when I had the new keyboard in, but it turned out to be a great succes! The new keyboard worked right away!

And it is an American one, instead of the European which was in it, I find the American more practical for me, who can type with ten fingers "blind"!

Mein Rat

Be more careful about sending the right equipment, don't send a T8 Torx screwdriver instead of the right one, the T6.

The 6 little black plastic circles I described above could be mentioned in the manual. But they were not a problem.

The long thin ribbon carrying the sleep signals is glued to the surface. That could be mentioned. In the photo below it is unloosened.

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