DIY your own iMacbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ozkar, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. ozkar macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2012
    My original 13" macbook pro was bought in 2009
    and the display was dead, staff at Apple Store quoted the cost would be >$600aud to fix it


    A second hand mac for the same spec should cost less than $400 on ebay so I refused to fix it.
    Besides, I am so sick of using a 13" monitor in writing up my essays and reports as i have to open the source and MS word at the same time.
    So I determined to tear it the screen and keyboard apart to ensure the out of order monitor won't block my view like below.


    With a Shamesung 24" monitor at less than $300aud at Dicksmith
    (They are offering extra 15% off all Samsung monitor this weekend)


    iMacbook is done

    p.s. the wifi receiver of macbook pro is located inside the clutch cover
    remeber to take it out otherwise u hv no wifi signal

    updates on day 2:
    The airport card is dead [No idea whether it was due to sweat on my hand shorted the circuit or not]
    Using Lan cable right now, doesn't matter much since i have turned it to a desktop computer already.
  2. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    If you put the airport card in upside down (connector wise) you will kill the card, and quite often the MLB. If you don't have experience, just pull the airport card out before you kill the board!

    And they actually make quite nice little desktop computers!
  3. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    Really random place for that sticker, that would bother me beyond belief.
  4. ozkar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2012
    can u talk more in-depth about the upside down of the airport card?

    no idea why it is required to place the airport card in that way
  5. trigonometry macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2010
    South Carolina
    Why not just use the MBP in clamshell mode with external display, mouse, and keyboard? Seems like a more elegant and simpler solution.
  6. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    On most unibody MBP models which have the clutch mounted airport card, the cable is physically able to fit both ways. However, if you put it in back to front, it will often short the logic board (You'll notice a small puff of smoke, followed by either an inability to use any airport card in the unit, or sometimes complete death of both the airport and logic boards.

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