Can I upgrade my macbook pro 17 inch screen?

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  1. Sethable macrumors regular

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    My work bought me a new 17 inch laptop. I would like to upgrade its screen.
    Is it possible to just take it to an apple store or something and have them install the upgraded screen?
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    No they don't do upgrades at the store. What are planning on doing?
     
  3. Sethable thread starter macrumors regular

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    well I also have a certified apple service center. Could I just get them to order the part and install the screen?
    I just want the higher res and the led back lighting.
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Apple will definitely not do it. However I'm not sure about third party. You're looking at a $800 upgrade FYI.
     
  5. Sethable thread starter macrumors regular

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    really? it is only a 100 dollar upgrade on the system new..
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Yes it's expensive for third-party services to do it. It is substantially cheaper to do the upgrading yourself, but I have no idea how it will done.
     
  7. Sethable thread starter macrumors regular

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    hmm well I don't mind doing it myself I was just hoping to basically pay 100 bucks and get it upgraded heh.
     
  8. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    It's expensive because the high res and the low res version are esentially two different laptops, I'm not even sure if you can upgrade the screen.
     
  9. Sethable thread starter macrumors regular

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    really other then the screen set I don't see the difference. it plugs in the same.
    ah well.
     
  10. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    Not really, they've got the same internal components, just different screens, so it is possible to have done. OP, this is certainly more than $100... think about it, $100 is the difference between the two screens on Apple's website and they certainly don't get the things for free and $100. A screen is an expensive part and when you throw in labor, it might be around that $800 mark.
     
  11. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    The cheapest way you might get it, if the MBP is really brand new, would be to see if it could be exchanged. Offer to pay the difference (which might include a restocking fee) to your work, and see if Apple (or whatever reseller it was purchased from) will do it.

    Worth a try...

    :apple::apple:
     
  12. Sethable thread starter macrumors regular

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    hmm well I came up with an easier solution.
    Work will purchase me one of these...

    link
     

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