Changing prev gen MBP keys

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  1. anirudh macrumors 6502

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    Was wondering if this was possible? Am used to the chicklet style keys on the MB and the Air
     
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    The keyboards are built into the topcase on both generations MacBook, MacBook Air, and on the 2nd Generation MacBook Pro. I am sure it could be done, but would require some Frankenstein effort.

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  3. jvlog macrumors member

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    actually they keyboard is screwed into top case from the under side. IE if you buy a replacement top case u need to transfer the keyboard from the old one over. so in theory it wouldn't be that hard to put a chicklet style keyboard in if someone where to make one that fit those detentions. but i seriously doubt there is or ever will be one made to fit the old MBPs
     
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    Sorry for not being clear, and you are correct. It isn't exactly built in, however there are so many screws, and the uncertainty of connectors would likely make the swap a PITA for most. It is not too difficault to pull the topcase on a white MacBook, but the work to access the keyboard on a new MB or MBP is a bit more involved since you have to remove all components, and the logic board.

    I am not even sure the pinouts for connections are close enough to make it worthwhile.

    Personally, I miss the removable keyboards of the older systems. It was nice to know that a user could easily pull the keyboard out, and replace it if it was to get damaged, or too worn.

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  5. anirudh thread starter macrumors 6502

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    @quadra

    I dont mean the NEW MB and MBPs (with the unibody). I mean the early 2008 MBPs? Do I need to open up the guts of the machine just to take out the keyboard? That would suck :-( But apart from that, do the key sizes and layout match that of air or old MB?
     

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