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From: franconia (Rep: 105)Date: 11/24/2016 16:06
Forum: Computer Tech And "Fix-It Stuf - Msg #103Thread #673887707 (Rec: 0)
Decided to fix an older MacPro laptop from 2009. The keyboard had a few keys not responding to touch; letters asdfg. Ordered a replacement keyboard which arrived with a slight bend in it. The power on/off button wasn't secure either but I decided to give it a try anyway.

This is where things get tiny… really small. I managed to get everything out, optical drive, hard drive, main board, ribbon cables so thin they looked like translucent butterfly wings, fan, microphone, speaker and wifi assembly. About 150 screws in all, the ones which hold the keyboard in place are so small… like breaking the last 1/32nd of an inch of a sharpened pencil. Luckily I had bought a magnetized screw driver and lever kit.

After a two hour reassembly the power wouldn't come on… took it all apart again and emailed the seller of the keyboard for an RMA. Return Merchandise Authorization, another keyboard or refund.

Then the hubris of this event, I decided I might be able to clean up the original and make it work as the power button worked fine on the original. So I'm installing it and have paused at installing the backlight panel. I'm wondering if its even necessary? I certainly don't need backlit keys as my typing skills are ok.

Anyway some advise to anyone attempting a complete tear down and reassembly. Get a good magnifying glass or one of those on a small stand. Get a good light, or two, you'll want at least 200 watts. Prepare where to put and fetch a large number of tiny screws and other small things. Remember the sequence you do things.

Waiting on wrapping this up to see if it works.

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