MBA 2010 bottom case screw order

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    s2dio

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    Hello everybody.

    I have a question about putting the bottom case (plate) back.

    Is there a special (or recommended) order to put the screws in to ensure that the bottom case is properly aligned? To avoid wobbling, creaking etc.

    Maybe there is some kind of a "service manual" for the Air 2010? (there used to be one for the original Air).
     
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    ifixit.com.

    'Nuff said.
     
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    s2dio

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    sorry, I should have mentioned that I've checked ifixit.com, and they have no specific directions on that. All they say is "Remove the following ten screws: Two 9 mm Torx Plus screws, Eight 2.6 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws. To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order."
     
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    This is what you are looking for. I took a screen shot from the page of the Air 2010's service manual.
     

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    s2dio

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    yes, that is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much.

    But could you also give me a link to that manual, because it that I've searched a lot a places using various search terms, and could not find it.
     
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    Welcome aboard Newbie, THIS is what makes this forum, members like you!;):D:apple::apple:
     
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    s2dio

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    Thank you. Bally555. Hope it will help me re-seat the bottom case properly and get rid of the creaking sound coming from the bottom case.
     
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    Does anyone have the manual for the 11" MBA ? Great Post ! :D
     
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    Since the 11" and 13" are almost identical, I suppose that the technician guide mentioned here applies to both.
     
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    TheMacBookPro

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    There is a specific service manual for each Mac, including the 11-inch Air.

    I've uploaded it to Mediafire: http://www.mediafire.com/?745cwqotg5zjiq5 (mba_11_late2010.pdf)

    Hopefully this helps someone.

    Cheers
     
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    Surprisingly for me, the 11" and the 13" have different bottom screw assembly orders! Thanks for pointing that out!
     

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