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MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Upper Case Replacement

Replace the upper case on your MacBook Pro 17" Unibody.

  • Auteur: Andrew Bookholt
  • Geschatte tijd: 1 - 3 uren
  • Moeilijkheid: Moeilijk

Use this guide to replace your MacBook Pro's upper case. Replacing the upper case requires removal of most components inside your computer, including the display assembly.

Stap 1 Upper Case  ¶ 

Using its attached pull tab, lift the hard drive out of the upper case.

Stap 1 Upper Case  ¶ 

  • Using its attached pull tab, lift the hard drive out of the upper case.

  • Do not try to completely remove the hard drive just yet! The hard drive cable is still attached to the upper case.

Stap 2  ¶ 

Pull the hard drive cable connector away from the body of the hard drive. Remove the hard drive from the upper case and set it aside.

Stap 2  ¶ 

  • Pull the hard drive cable connector away from the body of the hard drive.

  • Remove the hard drive from the upper case and set it aside.

Stap 3  ¶ 

Remove the two 2.2 mm Phillips screws securing the hard drive cable to the upper case. Remove the hard drive cable from the upper case.

Stap 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 2.2 mm Phillips screws securing the hard drive cable to the upper case.

  • Remove the hard drive cable from the upper case.

Stap 4  ¶ 

Remove the two 10 mm Phillips screws securing the front hard drive bracket to the upper case. Remove the front hard drive bracket.

Stap 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 10 mm Phillips screws securing the front hard drive bracket to the upper case.

  • Remove the front hard drive bracket.

Stap 5  ¶ 

Use an iPod opening tool or another soft thin-edged tool to carefully lift up a corner of the "Warning: Do not remove the battery" sticker off the right speaker/subwoofer enclosure. Peel the sticker off the right speaker/subwoofer enclosure.

Stap 5  ¶ 

  • Use an iPod opening tool or another soft thin-edged tool to carefully lift up a corner of the "Warning: Do not remove the battery" sticker off the right speaker/subwoofer enclosure.

  • Peel the sticker off the right speaker/subwoofer enclosure.

  • It is not necessary to peel the sticker off the battery.

Stap 6  ¶ 

Remove the three 6.5 mm Tri-point screws securing the battery to the upper case. Using its attached pull tab, lift the battery out of the upper case.

Stap 6  ¶ 

  • Remove the three 6.5 mm Tri-point screws securing the battery to the upper case.

  • Using its attached pull tab, lift the battery out of the upper case.

Stap 7  ¶ 

Carefully disconnect the Bluetooth cable from the Bluetooth board.

Stap 7  ¶ 

  • Carefully disconnect the Bluetooth cable from the Bluetooth board.

  • Pull the cable parallel to the face of the optical drive toward the port openings.

Stap 8  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to peel the thin plastic cover off the top and sides of the Bluetooth board housing.

Stap 8  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to peel the thin plastic cover off the top and sides of the Bluetooth board housing.

Stap 9  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Bluetooth antenna connector up and off its socket on the Bluetooth board.

Stap 9  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Bluetooth antenna connector up and off its socket on the Bluetooth board.

Stap 10  ¶ 

Remove the small piece of EMI foam attached near the Bluetooth board.

Stap 10  ¶ 

  • Remove the small piece of EMI foam attached near the Bluetooth board.

Stap 11  ¶ 

Remove the three 3.5 mm Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case.

Stap 11  ¶ 

  • Remove the three 3.5 mm Phillips screws securing the optical drive to the upper case.

  • To remove the screw closest to the battery, it may be helpful to use a T6 Torx screwdriver to first remove the upper case bracket directly above it.

Stap 12  ¶ 

Remove the optical drive assembly from the upper case.

Stap 12  ¶ 

  • Remove the optical drive assembly from the upper case.

Stap 13  ¶ 

Remove the following three screws securing the subwoofer & right speaker to the upper case:

Stap 13  ¶ 

  • Remove the following three screws securing the subwoofer & right speaker to the upper case:

  • One 2.6 mm Phillips screw

  • Two 12.3 mm Phillips screws

Stap 14  ¶ 

Remove the subwoofer and right speaker assembly from the upper case.

Stap 14  ¶ 

  • Remove the subwoofer and right speaker assembly from the upper case.

Stap 15  ¶ 

Remove the two 7.1 mm Phillips screws securing the camera cable retainer to the upper case. Remove the camera cable retainer from the upper case.

Stap 15  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 7.1 mm Phillips screws securing the camera cable retainer to the upper case.

  • Remove the camera cable retainer from the upper case.

Stap 16  ¶ 

Remove the two 7.1 mm Phillips screws securing the display data cable retainer to the upper case. Remove the display data cable retainer.

Stap 16  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 7.1 mm Phillips screws securing the display data cable retainer to the upper case.

  • Remove the display data cable retainer.

Stap 17  ¶ 

Remove the two outer 6.8 mm T6 Torx screws from each of the two display brackets (four screws total). We purposely have you leave one screw attaching each display bracket to the upper case to aid in future steps.

Stap 17  ¶ 

  • Remove the two outer 6.8 mm T6 Torx screws from each of the two display brackets (four screws total).

  • We purposely have you leave one screw attaching each display bracket to the upper case to aid in future steps.

Stap 18  ¶ 

Open your MacBook Pro so the display is perpendicular to the upper case.

Stap 18  ¶ 

  • Open your MacBook Pro so the display is perpendicular to the upper case.

  • Place your opened MacBook Pro on a table as pictured.

  • While holding the display and upper case together with your left hand, remove the remaining T6 Torx screw from the lower display bracket.

Stap 19  ¶ 

Be sure to hold the display and upper case together with your left hand. Failure to do so may cause the freed display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging each component.

Stap 19  ¶ 

  • Be sure to hold the display and upper case together with your left hand. Failure to do so may cause the freed display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging each component.

  • Remove the last remaining T6 Torx screw securing the display to the upper case.

Stap 20  ¶ 

Grab the upper case with your right hand and rotate it slightly toward the top of the display so the upper display bracket clears the edge of the upper case. Rotate the display slightly away from the upper case. Lift the display up and away from the upper case, minding any brackets or cables that may get caught.

Stap 20  ¶ 

  • Grab the upper case with your right hand and rotate it slightly toward the top of the display so the upper display bracket clears the edge of the upper case.

  • Rotate the display slightly away from the upper case.

  • Lift the display up and away from the upper case, minding any brackets or cables that may get caught.