How to replace keyboard on MacBook Pro 13″, 15″, 17″

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MacBook Pro unibody

In this guide I explain how to remove and replace failed or damaged keyboard on a MacBook Pro 13″, 15″ or 17″ unibody laptop.

As an example, I am doing it on a MacBook Pro 15″ (Early 2011) but it will be very similar for most MacBook Pro unibody model years 2008-2013.

In my case some liquid was spilled on the keyboard and some keyboard keys stopped working.

In a MacBook Pro the keyboard is mounted to the bottom side of the top case assembly. It means in order to replace the keyboard you will have to remove most internal components. You will need a set of fine Phillips and Torx screwdrivers.


How to disassemble HP Pavilion dv7t-3000

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HP Pavilion dv7t-3000 disassembly

In this post I will show how to disassemble a HP Pavilion dv7t-3000 series notebook.

This guide should work for HP Pavilion dv7-2000 and dv7-3000 series too.

I’m taking it apart because the notebook gets very hot while running games and other multiple programs. It happens because the cooling module is clogged with dust and has to be cleaned up.

I will clean up the CPU heatsink and replace thermal grease on the CPU (processor) and GPU (video chip). This procedure requires complete disassembly.

If your HP Pavilion dv7 doesn’t look like one in this guide, I have some other disassembly guides. Check out links to related models I post at the end of the guide.


Taking apart Asus K52F

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Asus K52F disassembly

In this guide I’ll be taking apart an Asus K52F laptop.

I will go though the following disassembly steps:

STEP 1-4: Removing the bottom cover and accessing main internal components.
STEP 5-11: Remove the optical drive, hard drive and fan.
STEP 12-19: Disconnecting and removing the keyboard.


How to repair damaged key on MacBook Pro keyboard

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MacBook Pro with damaged keyboard keys

In this guide I explain how to repair damaged keys on a MacBook Pro keyboard (unibody style).

In this particular case I’m fixing a MacBook Pro 13-inch laptop keyboard with two damaged keys but same steps will apply to MacBook Pro 15-inch and MacBook Pro 17-inch models.

I’ll take spare parts for repair from a damaged keyboard I have laying around. You can buy spare keys online.

If you have a few keys missing or damaged, it might take sense to buy the entire new keyboard instead of individual keys and use it as a donor.


Replacing keyboard on MacBook Pro 13-inch (Late 2011)

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MacBook Pro 13-inch Late 2011 keyboard replacement

In this guide I explain how to replace the keyboard on a MacBook Pro 13-inch (Late 2011).

According to Apple, the keyboard is part of the palmrest assembly and if the keyboard fails, the entire palmrest assembly has to be replaced.

This is not 100% correct.  Of course, you can buy a new palmrest/keyboard/trackpad assembly and replace the whole thing but it’s possible to replace just the keyboard itself.


Fix MacBook Pro liquid spill yourself

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Liquid spilled on MacBook Pro laptop

In this post I will go though steps explaining how to fix a MacBook Pro after liquid spill.

Not all liquid spills can be repaired but if you do everything correctly there is a good chance to get your computer back to life.

In the following example I am working with a MacBook Pro 13-inch but all following steps will be the same for all MBPs.

VERY IMPORTANT: After you spilled something on your laptop turn it off right away. Do not try to turn it on! It has to be disassembled for liquid damage inspection.


Turning on MacBook Pro without power button

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Sometimes, when you troubleshoot a MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air problem you need to turn it on without using the power button. Is it possible? Yes, it is!

In these laptops (unibody style) the power button is permanently attached to the keyboard. Basically, it’s a part of the keyboard as you can see on the following picture.

Macbook Pro power button

If the keyboard failed (let’s say you spilled liquid on it) and the power button stopped working there is a workaround for turning it on.

You cannot use this method to turn on your MBP on a daily basis but it is a good troubleshooting technique. It might help to figure our if the motherboard still works even though the computer doesn’t turn on when you push on the power button.

You can turn it on by shorting the power-on pads with a small flathead screwdriver for a couple of seconds. The power-on pads located on the motherboard. In order to access them you’ll have to remove the bottom cover and it’s very easy.


How to disassemble HP G72 and Compaq Presario CQ72

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HP G72 laptop disassembly

In the following guide I explain how to disassemble an HP G72.

This guid also works for Compaq Presario CQ72 models.

In this particular case I’m taking apart an HP G72-B57CL laptop.

I’ll go though the following major disassembly steps:

STEP 1-6: Removing the hard drive and optical drive. Accessing the CMOS battery, wireless card and memory modules.
STEP 7-15: Disconnecting and removing the keyboard.
STEP 16-20: Removing the top cover assembly.
STEP 21-26: Removing the motherboard.
STEP 27-30: Accessing the cooling fan and DC jack cable.