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A Mac. A cat. Coffee.

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MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010 Upper Case Replacement

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010 Upper Case Replacement

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Mijn probleem

I knocked my morning coffee into my Macbook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2010) while reading the NY Times online and reaching to pet the cat that was sitting just to the right of the computer. This was the same cat that killed a previous MacBook two years ago. This time it was my fault - but I think she was happy about it.

I turned the computer upside down immediately after the spill and then turned it off. However, I didn't have the tools to dismantle it immediately and take out the battery. The guys at work lent me an ifixit pro tool kit but I didn't get home until 8 hours after the spill.

I used the ifixit guides and toolkit to dismantle and reassemble it for testing. I cleaned the parts with denatured alcohol and let it dry for three days. There wasn't much liquid in the case and the motherboard looked fine. After reassembly, I found the keyboard stuck in all caps, although the track pad was working. I used a cheap USB keyboard to get around the problem and everything else tested fine. After reading customer's suggestions, I decided to buy a replacement top case and do it myself, rather than hand it over to a computer repair person who would charge me massive money. Besides, I wanted to get another geek stripe to go along with the ones I have for web design and development.

Mijn oplossing

The part came two days after I ordered it and it was beautifully packed and protected. Dismantling the Mac was easy, if a bit terrifying when disconnecting tiny contacts. Its amazing how easy the process can be if one has the right tools. I put the screws for each component in its own shot glass. The glass was placed next to the component out of the way of my spuggering cat. The whole process took about three hours. It started up from the battery and everything seems to work fine. Amazing!

Mijn advies

Do the work when you are most awake and do it with steady hands. Work on a light colored surface. Use the shot glass for its intended purpose only after the task is complete. I recommend Bourbon.

MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2010) Upper Case afbeelding
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody (Mid 2010) Upper Case


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