So, a little background: I went through financial hardship and don't have the machine in my signature anymore. I had to sell my Retina 13" Pro (Haswell) to pay rent and was ultimately reduced to using a heavy gaming laptop (MSI GX60). I couldn't handle the weight and obnoxious size of the thing so I posted it here and on my college's free and for sale forum as a potential MacBook Trade. Ultimately, I got a few lowball offers (The machine is worth $750 at least on Ebay) but finally got an offer I'd at least entertain. Mid-2010 Apple MacBook Pro 13" with a cracked LCD plus $320 on top. I priced around and figured I could replace the cracked LCD (I have a heat gun and I used to be a PC technician) for around $75 shipped. So essentially I'd have a Mid-2010 MacBook for roughly $750-cost of trade so around $500. I figured it wasn't a "bad" deal because I do need some extra cash and the machine is more than capable of covering my needs. But man did this screen go through its wars. (I'm going to post pictures). In this thread, I will be documenting: The initial restoration phase (Going to take her apart, clean up the dust, reapply a thermal paste because it's the Nvidia 320M version). The 'spare upgrades' phase (Going to install a 120GB Corsair Force GT SSD, upgrade to 8GB of ram with a spare DDR3 kit I have laying around) The 'repair phase' (using my heat gun, removing the cracked glass and replacing it with new glass. I THINK the LCD is fine because I don't see any color issues with it. Any recommendations on how I can check it? And I'm going to try to remove the corner dent on the clamshell and buff out all the scratches. I only need to use it from now until Late July/Early August when I start working full time so I think it should be sufficient. Anything I should know about these machines other than the heat issue?