Frankenstein rMBP -swapping screens

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  1. canhaz macrumors regular

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    In my ceaseless quest for a Macbook Pro that makes me happy, I've been thinking about something a little crazy:

    Buy a late-2013 rMBP, and swap the entire retina display (lcd panel and bezel), with my late 2011 Matte MacbookPro screen.

    No idea if this would work, or if it's even the right size, fit and finish. But I'm really that desperate for a fast, cool, quiet matte MBP.

    Also 1680x1050 is a great resolution for me until retina resolution support reaches full adoption in software.
     
  2. undesign macrumors regular

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    That would be an interesting project. I'd actually prefer a lower resolution screen, lol.
     
  3. Quu macrumors 68020

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    Won't work. The display connector is completely different.
     
  4. canhaz thread starter macrumors regular

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    well there goes that idea :(
     
  5. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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  6. canhaz thread starter macrumors regular

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    Interesting thread! Thing is though, AG film on glass, on top of lcd, ends up looking pretty mediocre...
     
  7. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020

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    At least unlike with the glossy cMBP, the LCD is fused directly to glass. There's no plastic in-between.

    So a regular matte display would be: LCD->plastic->antiglare film
    And instead you would have: LCD->glass->antiglare film

    Glass may be a little more reflective than plastic but it's still better than:
    LCD->plastic->air gap->glass->antiglare film

    It may not be exactly what you're looking for but it's definitely safer than your frankenstein idea ;)
     
  8. canhaz thread starter macrumors regular

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    Haha, yes you're probably right. It might actually look ok on the new fused rMBP screens. :)

    Thanks for the help.
     
  9. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816

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    Why not just get a hi-res cMBP from a couple years ago, slap a SSD in there, and upgrade the heck out of it?
     
  10. undesign macrumors regular

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    What about swapping screens from an early 2011 MBP with a mid 2012 MBP?
     
  11. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Just take care whose name you throw about so casually!:(
     
  12. canhaz thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well ...I have 16GB ram and a 500GB SSD already. The issue is the CPU throttles under high load and overheating. This tends to only happen when the dedicated GPU is in use and clamshell mode (as that adds overall heat to the system). (and yes I've done everything to fix, including redoing thermal paste etc). Also it's a problem usually in summer moreso.

    Could do, but really wanted a haswell, without dedicated GPU...

    canhaz ur soul? :D
     

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