Saturday, April 23, 2016

Apple MacBook Pro 17 - How to remove and replace the display of Apple MacBook Pro – How to remove the case – How to remove and isolate the battery – How to remove display connections – Laptop repair and service

Category: Laptop Repair and Service 

Contents of this article 

  • How to remove the Bottom cover 
  • How to isolate the battery 
  • How to remove the display unit 

Apple MacBook Pro 17 

DISPLAY DISASSEMBLING PROCEDURE 
Removing the bottom cover  
Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:
Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.
Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.
Wedge your fingers between the lower case and the vent, and lift upward to release the clips holding the lower case to the upper case. Remove the lower case.
Removing the Battery 
Whenever working near the logic board, it is always wise to first disconnect the battery to avoid short circuits. If present, grab the plastic tab attached to the battery connector and pull it toward the front edge of the device. For Late-2011 models the battery connector will not have a tab and is simply a plug that inserts straight down into the motherboard--to remove pry the plug straight up. If the plastic tab is missing, use a spudger to pry the connector up from its socket. Pull the tab parallel to the face of the logic board.
Removing Display
Before disconnecting the camera cable, a small plastic retainer stuck to the logic board must first be moved out of the way. In late-2011 models you can skip this step because there is not a plastic retainer on the camera cable connector. Use the tip of a spudger to push the small plastic cable retainer away from the camera cable socket for enough clearance to remove the camera cable.
Pull the camera cable toward the optical drive opening to disconnect it from the logic board. The camera cable socket is very fragile. Do not apply any upward force to this socket, as it may break off the logic board. Pull the camera cable parallel to the face of the logic board.
Carefully pull the Bluetooth cable toward the fans to disconnect it from the Bluetooth board. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the optical drive.

Use the flat end of a spudger to peel the thin plastic cover off the top and sides of the Bluetooth board housing. For late-2011 models check out the other picture because the connector location is in a totally different location.

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Bluetooth antenna connector up and off its socket on the Bluetooth board.
 If present, remove the small piece of EMI foam near the Bluetooth board. De-route the camera cable from the slot molded into the Bluetooth board housing.
 Remove the two 7.1 mm Phillips screws securing the camera cable retainer to the upper case. Remove the camera cable retainer from the upper case.
 Lift the black plastic flap attached to the display data cable retainer and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the MacBook. Pull the display data cable out of its socket. The display data cable socket is very fragile. Do not lift the connector upward as you disconnect it, as the socket may break off the logic board. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.
 Remove the two 7.1 mm Phillips screws securing the display data cable retainer to the upper case. Remove the display data cable retainer.
 Remove the two outer 6.8 mm T6 Torx screws from each of the two display brackets (four screws total). We purposely have you leave one screw attaching each display bracket to the upper case o aid in future steps.
 Open your MacBook Pro so the display is perpendicular to the upper case. Place your opened MacBook Pro on a table as pictured. While holding the display and upper case together with your left hand, remove the remaining T6 Torx screw from the lower display bracket.
Be sure to hold the display and upper case together with your left hand. Failure to do so may cause he freed display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging each component. Remove the last remaining T6 Torx screw securing the display to the upper case.
 Grab the upper case with your right hand and rotate it slightly toward the top of the display so the upper display bracket clears the edge of the upper case. Rotate the display slightly away from the upper case. Lift the display up and away from the upper case, minding any brackets or cables that may get caught.