You do NOT have to replace the ENTIRE top case. Although it is STRONGLY advised (as it is a HUGE pain in your !*& to replace), you can still replace the keyboard yourself.
- I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGES DONE TO YOUR LAPTOP COMPUTER THROUGH THIS PROCESS!! ***
- Very VERY carefully... remove the:
- Battery (to avoid unwanted electrical discharges)
- Remove the HDD
- Remove the Fan
- Remove the SuperDrive/Optical Drive/CD ROM Drive (Whatever you personally refer it to as)
- Remove the Logic Board and MagSafe Charging Board
Your computer should look COMPLETELY empty inside.
You should see a black sheet and slowly VERY CAREFULLY peal that away and so forth.
You should now see a metal grid-like thing with a whole bunch of screw-holes. Remove all of the screws.
Replace the keyboard as desired, starting with the metal sheet from the keyboard. Replace the old metal sheet and work your way in reverse. :P
Estimated Time to Replace Keyboard:
1 hour and 30 minutes (on a non-busy day)
Wait for Bens answer on this.
I'm looking at doing something similar and from all of the information here, the rest of the internet I don't think it's possible.. Although my 13" Macbook Pro has a crack screen the lads in the Apple Store told me it would cost around £400 with the display (not the LCD! Just the glass)and there being fine a chance that the upper and lower casing may have to be replaced.
After talking with them after that bombshell for a bit of glass I had a look at prices of second hand for sales and it turns out that I'm better off selling this one in the condition its in and get about £400-500 for it! So I'm going to do a bit of saving and selling and hopefully get a Thunderbolt Macbook Pro!
It may be the same case for you might just be better off doing the same as me and getting one of the new monsters!
por Patrick Kerley
darn im looking to find a replacement motherboard, for the mid 2010 13" unibody model and was hoping i could also draw on motherboard parts from the 13" unibody 2009 model as these seem to be slightly cheaper and more available, apple list price on replacing a mid 2010 2.4ghz unibody motherboard £399.99 which seems a little too close to its actual value second hand wise to justify, especially as they may the top case and magsafe etc need replacing.
If anyone works out definitavely whether these parts are interchangeable that would be good. If the batterys are different between the two, then will it boot if the battery is not plugged in and operating of the power cable only ? I think the magsafe boards in these machines are to small to truly contain all the charging circuitry as such I think some of the charging stuff must be contained on the MB therefore if the batterys are different then probably the MB may not be interchangeable ?
This 2010 unibody 13" laptop would not have died if the battery was removable, as a small amount of coffee went into the keyboard and hey presto to remove the battery requires 8 philips to be removed and two tri wing security screws to get the battery out ? (tip : unless you flip the connector of and leave it in ) whichever way the screws mean the water and power are guaranteed both to be present in this liquid spill scenario much longer than most other laptop designs, as such the likeliness of frying your MB is much higher than with other laptops.>:(bad design imo). If you have a sealed in battery your insurance is to get a condom silicon keyboard protector type cover for your keybaord.
por ancient scream
Any update to this thread? I too have the 13-inch mid-2009 Macbook Pro with 2.26 GHz CPU. Would like to upgrade it to the 2.53 Core 2 Duo.
por Modugu Vikram Reddy