17" Macbook Pro upgrade to WUXGA High Res

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  1. bleepjay macrumors member

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    So I bought my first Mac and got it today and are pretty pumped. I bought it used and got a decent price on it, but it is the regular display, and I think I want the High Res Display.

    I noticed the thread about a Hi-def MBP but that thread is more focused on the 15". I'm assuming this will be a pretty easy upgrade where I could swap out the screens because the hardware should support the upgraded LCD?

    Am I correct in thinking this? Any recommendations as to where to get a screen? Does Apple offer to do the upgrade at all? I don't mind doing it, but if it's not much more expensive for them to do, I'd rather the do it.

    I appreciate all help in advance.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Apple offers 1920x1200 as BTO in the Store. You should have just gotten it there...
     
  3. bleepjay thread starter macrumors member

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    I would have but saved a good amount of money by buying it used. I'm wondering if I need to try to sell this one and get the exact one I want or if the upgrade can be done rather easily
     
  4. bobbleheadbob macrumors 6502a

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    I have one (17" hi res MBP) and love it. Apple only sells them direct as an option when you order. I'm 99% sure you can't upgrade an existing MBP thru them. Not sure if you could do it yourself or not.

    How about selling the one you got used and buying a new one with the config you want direct thru Apple? Sometimes they are available for a discount thru the refurb :apple: store. There's a couple up there now for $2,500.
     
  5. bleepjay thread starter macrumors member

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    So is that the only option? I've replaced LCD screens in other laptops (PCs) before but never a Mac. Is it a very similar replacement.
     
  6. Eric. macrumors regular

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    See if you can find some Apple certified repair centers around you. They may be willing to sell you a panel.
     
  7. bleepjay thread starter macrumors member

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    So should I stay away from the panels I see on ebay that are for this MBP?
     
  8. Bubba Satori macrumors 601

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    Wow, I've heard of going about things the hard way, but this takes the cake. :rolleyes:
     
  9. bleepjay thread starter macrumors member

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    What do you mean Bubba? I bought the regular display, but after having it a little while, and because I am going to be using this for software development, I feel the higher Res will be a lot more beneficial. Do you think my best option would be to sell this and get one with the display?
     
  10. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502

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    As long as you are confident in your ability to replace the display it doesn't seem like it's THAT hard. I think people are just used to the closed box un-changeable ways of the Mac...

    iFixit.com probably has all the documentation you need to preform the swap and I don't think the LCD connectors would be different, the one this you should make sure of is the physical size of the display. I think the 17" Hi-res is LED and the low res is still a tube light or something, that could cause issues.

    The cost you saved however may be blown away by the cost of the panel. Here's one (I think) http://www.welovemacs.com/6614628.html but it's like $899 without the old one to swap. This place says they'll repair one for $550 but I don't know if they would put in a different one...
    http://www.macservice.com/macbookpro.html

    Good luck.
     
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  13. bleepjay thread starter macrumors member

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    I can just go into the store and exchange my computer? I don't understand. How much credit would they give me? Keep in mind that I bought this from somebody.
     
  14. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502

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    I'd say NO. At least if you spend the $500-$700 then you are for sure to end up with the correct panel; these guys you may or may not get the correct one for your $300. Even if you do get the correct panel (unless all the 17" MBP are the same screen then I don't see how them listing 17" hi-res is enough detail), they give 4 month of warranty as opposed to a year for the other guys...

    I would try to find a MBP with the screen you want and a trashed logic board or something and pull the screen before I did the ebay panel, but I don't know; I could be completely wrong. The guy you linked to has really good feedback and is a power seller so if indeed it was the correct LCD with no issues then it's a helluva deal...
     
  15. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Oh, well in that case you can't exchange…
     

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