How to replace thermal grease on MacBook Pro

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MacBook Pro bottom cover removed

In this guide I explain how to replace thermal grease on a MacBook Pro.

You can use the following instructions for 13″, 15″, 17″ unibody MBPs.

When you remove the bottom cover you can access and clean up the cooling fan but the heat sink is mounted on the other side of the motherboard. In order to replace thermal grease the motherboard has to be removed.


How to repair not clicking MacBook Pro trackpad

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If a MacBook Pro trackpad stopped clicking there are a few things you can try to troubleshoot and repair the problem.

This could be related to:

1. Failing (swollen) battery.

2. Wrongly adjusted trackpad screw.

3. Failed trackpad.

Let’s go thought the troubleshooting techniques step by step.

MacBook Pro trackpad not clicking


Replacing MacBook Air keyboard after liquid damage

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In this post I will guide you through the keyboard replacement procedure on a liquid damaged 11″ or 13″  MacBook Air.

In my case a little bit of water was spilled on the lower right corner. After that some of the keys stopped working but the rest of the laptop worked just fine. I was able to use it with an external USB keyboard.

MacBook Air liquid damaged keyboard


How to access files on failed MacBook Air

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In this guide I explain how to access and recover files from a failed MacBook Air, assuming it’s not the hard drive or solid state drive (SSD) related failure.

Let’s say the laptop suffered from liquid spill, was dropped or just stopped working but you don’t have your files backed up.


MacBook Air  (Late 2008 and Mid 2009)

These models came equipped with a 1.8″ 120GB SATA HDD or 128GB SSD with a 24 pin ZIF connector.

For the following procedure you will need a small Phillips screwdriver (size #0).


Remove 10 screws securing the laptop bottom cover. Remove the cover.

The hard drive located on the left side from the fan.

MacBook Air 2008-2009 hard drive


After cloning Mac OS X my MacBook Pro boots slow

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My MacBook Pro hard drive was running out of space. I decided to replace the hard drive with a larger one and clone the OS. I used built in Disk Utility to clone the old hard drive to the new one and the clone process was done without errors.

After cloning Mac OS X to the new hard drive, I found that now my MacBook Pro boots much slower than before but after it boots up everything works as good as before.

If you experience the same problem here’s the solution.


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.


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.


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