Fun Project: MacBook Unibody --> MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by iDutchman, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. iDutchman macrumors 6502a

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    Fun Project:

    I had a dead water damaged MacBook Pro 13" 2010 (looking new!) given for free. I knew the only dead part was the logic board so I went ahead and looked for some fun project.

    I found an late 2008 MacBook unibody with a dead screen for €275 euro's. I went ahead and bought the MacBook. The outer casing had no visible damage whatsoever and there were no signs of a water spill.

    So far so good!

    The took the MacBook Pro apart and installed the screen onto the MacBook. Also, I took the backlight from the MacBook Pro as well as the little backlight keys and installed them as well! I had some 8GB 1333Mhz RAM lying around and the 128GB APPLE SSD that was inside the given MacBook Pro still worked, so I installed that as well!

    Now, I have a late 2008 MacBook looking like a 2009+ MacBook Pro 13''. The only difference is on the bottom (user-removable battery).

    Specs:

    2Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
    8GB 1333Mhz RAM
    128GB APPLE (Toshiba) SSD
    Nvidia 9400M 256MB graphics.

    Pretty nice for 275 euro's eh?! Just wanted to share!
     

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  2. east85 macrumors 65816

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    This is awesome. Looks like it'd be worth it just for the higher resolution screen, how hard was it to connect the screen into the original MacBook? I definitely have thought about making this mod for the resolution upgrade alone (the upgraded resolution would be perfect).
     
  3. iDutchman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    There is no resolution upgrade. It's just the name that's changed;). It's the identical screen
     
  4. Medic278 macrumors 6502a

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    I got to hand it to you this was a great idea. It looks great and all for 275 euros! Much cheaper than replacing the logic board. Kudos for the idea.
     
  5. east85 macrumors 65816

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    Ah bummer, on a positive note though you definitely got your moneys worth and a working MacBook! :D
     
  6. yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a

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    Woah, I litteraly always wanted to try this but didn't have the skill! Nice
     
  7. SuperDuperCruzr macrumors newbie

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    13 inch Macbook Unibody & 13 inch Macbook Pro Unibody

    I'd like to upgrade my Macbook Pro Unibody to use the 2-piece bottom cover from a Macbook Unibody. It looks possible when I removed the 1-piece bottom cover of the Macbook Pro, but I don't have a Macbook Unibody to compare any longer. Can you confirm this modification? This would be a sweet modification for Macbook Pro users that want to easily swap a second battery when on travel.
     
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  9. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    How hard was the transplant job? I am looking to do something similar. I have built several PCs but I am wary of fiddling around inside laptops. Do you think this job is within my skills?

    As an example, I've replaced the hard drive on two ibooks - a job which required total disassembly of the laptop (and killed one :eek::eek:
     

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