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Fixing Viola II

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Mijn probleem

It was late April and I was having a rocking Friday night sipping wine and multi-zoning between my laptop and the TV when a small splash of chardonnay trespassed my MacBook Air keyboard. The “pebblets” were enough to cause alarm, but nothing that would send me running for a blow dryer and digital 911. So it was much to my surprise to learn 2 days later that 7 of my keys didn’t work.

Mijn oplossing

Once I grasped how the retaining flaps functioned with the sockets and ribbons, getting the computer stripped down to the upper case was actually not that hard. My two biggest hurdles were making sure the crappy T8 Torx Screwdriver I borrowed from my IT department didn't strip my screws in steps 28-34 and re-inserting the logic board. Despite the warnings, I managed to secure it in place only to realize a few steps later I had covered up the right speaker cable and the keyboard backlight ribbon cable. Oops. I quickly backed out of that and I was on my way. The other fun challenge was getting the mic ribbion back into its slot. That was a squirly one.

Mijn advies

When I committed to the project I knew organization and patience would be my besties. I pre-read the instructions 2 separate times and prior to getting to work, set out enough containers with labels for each step that required removing screws. I also prayed to the patron saint of computers throughout the week. :)

Spudger afbeelding


P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver Retina MacBook Pro and Air afbeelding
P5 Pentalobe Screwdriver Retina MacBook Pro and Air


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