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Not that difficult at all

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MacBook Pro 17" Models A1151 A1212 A1229 and A1261

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

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

Difficult

Mijn probleem

The display on one of our A1261 MBPs decided to go wonky; since it's the one regularly used by my wife I swapped in the LCD panel from an A1229 that was only occasionally used (no swapping lids thanks to different antenna, camera and cable configs) and then installed a new 17" panel from IFixIt in the donor A1229.

Mijn oplossing

It's really a pretty brain-dead procedure; I'm not sure why it was classed as "difficult" other than the fact that there's a metric buttload of tiny screws involved. Getting the A1261 apart was marginally easier than the A1229 thanks to a more enlightened design for the WiFi antennas, but neither was particularly challenging.

Mijn advies

Have either a ton of containers (or a divided box) so you can associate the fasteners removed with each step in the guide -- it will make it much easier to put the thing back together. Be sure you understand how the connector for the camera releases (both in the lid and on the motherboard); the retention mechanism can be a trap for young players and the guide doesn't to a very good job of illustrating how it works. The replacement panel sold by IFixIt is a later rev than used in either my donor A1229 or the A1261; there's a relief in part of the frame such that a couple of the screws can't be installed (but there's no particularly negative effects).

Don't be intimidated by this repair. The proper screwdriver, a hand lens and patience with the RF connectors on the motherboard are key; everything else is just an interminable collection of screws.

Good luck!

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