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Original post by: ToddR ,


== Replacing Only the Keyboard - It Works!!! ==

I had a friend who spilled both red and white wine on her MacBook Pro 13" mid-2012 Unibody (MBP) keyboard; at separate times. The final straw was the red wine she spilled on it in early December 2013. The MBP would boot up fine and was still working, although, the keyboard was inoperable.

'''Temporary fix''' was to connect a wireless Apple keyboard via Bluetooth which worked out great until the problem could be solved permanently; on or about 1/8/2014.

It would be apparent that the keyboard replacement or uppercase replacement at Apple would be a bloody fortune; approx $929.00. So, we went onto iFixit first to see if a keyboard would be purchased. No, it cannot, but '''you can purchase a complete uppercase for about $299.95'''; which is probably the better fix as you will see why. That was a bit rich for my friend.

'''Permanent Fix''': So, we found the right keyboard on eBay for $29.95. This was somewhat risky, however, it was delivered on time and once installed, worked very well.

The iFixit guide for this MBP was a terrific help. Although, we followed most of the disassembly advocated in the guide. Replacing the keyboard only allows the avoidance of a few steps like: (1) battery can stay in, (2) the display can stay connected (mechanically, not electronically), (3) the trackpad can stay put, and (4) a couple of various cables like the hard drive cable, etc.

The project took about 2 hrs start to finish. It is a difficult repair for most, however, anyone with intermediate experience in these matters will find the repair of moderate difficulty. The real challenge with doing only the keyboard replacement is the fact that once the back plastic cover and plastic light array are taken off the back panel of the keyboard, there are literally 67 tiny little screws (Phillips 00 or 000 depending on the driver) holding the keyboard in place against the uppercase body.

One last important item is that when all assembled be sure to re-insert the Display cable probably. We thought that it was inserted properly, but upon boot, the screen stayed dark. After a brief lowercase removal and re-insertion of the display cable, the display worked perfectly.

'''The keyboard is like new and for $29.95 and 2 hours, this friend saved a lot time, effort, and $$$'''.