Help determining if this is an official part?

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  1. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    It looks genuine. Is there a market for counterfeit MBP parts?

    If you're concerned have you tried to contact the seller?
     
  2. vbman213 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I contacted the seller and he said it is an official part. However, I'm still concerned that the photo fails to show the "Designed by Apple" + regulatory icons on the back
     
  3. Wafflausages macrumors 6502

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    I don't think they'd have that since there's usually a serial no or model on the bottom. Probably just comes straight out of the factory
     
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  5. Xgm541 macrumors 6502a

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    I dont think apple sells that part individually. Its probably part of the whole lower assembly.

    The eBay link looks legit.
     
  6. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I'm pretty sure Apple sells this as an individual part.

    Here it is on iFixit. Quite a bit more expensive though.
     
  7. Xgm541 macrumors 6502a

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    A re seller can buy it but I doubt you can waltz into an apple store and purchase one of these.
     
  8. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    It does seem legit.
    The print isnt there probably since it came straight from factory or somewhere.
     
  9. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Maybe not an Apple store but there are 3rd party Apple authorized service providers that would sell you the part. We used to sell Powerbook and iBook keyboards at the one I used to work at.
     
  10. vbman213 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Received this part a few days ago and finally got some time to install it. It doesn't fit quite right... The two middle screws that run parallel and through the plastic exhaust grill are off by a couple of mm and won't allow those screws to grab the threads.
     
  11. therealseebs macrumors 65816

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    That seems really, really, odd. Is it possible that it's for a slightly different model or something?
     
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  13. therealseebs macrumors 65816

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    1. Ask seller. Possible there is some obvious or desireable explanation. Depending on how you paid, and how much you care, you might try to chargeback for it.
    2. Drill new holes.
     
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  15. therealseebs macrumors 65816

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    How so? It's super-thin aluminum. You know where you want the holes to be. It's like a five-minute job with one of those rotary tools. :)

    I guess it depends how close the alignment is. If they're close enough to be overlapping where they want to be, enlarging the hole a little in one direction is probably fine. 8/10 screws attached exactly right, and two in holes that are a little off, is no big deal.

    Once you get into the realm of "replacing parts yourself", you might as well be ready to mess around a bit.
     
  16. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Have you though of contacting the supplier?
    This guy does have pretty good feedback upon his sales.
     
  17. vbman213 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Here is his reply:

    What's slightly weird though is that those screws in question should be perfectly perpendicular with the bottom case ( those screws don't go in at angles). But it looks like it's slightly deformed... I'm starting to question whether or not this is actually an OEM part. Although, it really feels and looks like a real Apple part.
     
  18. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Seems like its not from factory.
    "This part should fit your MBP" meaning its unofficial and is a copy.
     
  19. vbman213 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Possibly, or he was referring to how the part was marketed in his listing. He listed it as being compatible with a range of A1286 (2010 to 2012) macbook pros. I just can't believe that this is a non-OEM part. I've handled many Macbook Pros (disassembled) and this bottom case feels like the real mccoy
     
  20. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    According to Apples documentation, 6 of the 10 screws do go in at a slight angle.

    Check out page 38.
     
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  22. vbman213 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not the top four screws (the three longer and one shorter) that run along the hinge edge of the bottom. They go down straight.
     
  23. Snowshiro macrumors 6502

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    That's a pretty big leap based in a fairly ambiguous sentence.

    Just out of curiosity, since I've never seen one for my Mac, does anyone know if a manual like that exists for the rMBP 15" retina like the pdf linked in #21? I've never seen one, and searching Apple's site just came up with a much more basic introductory guide.
     
  24. vbman213 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No because the rMBPs are not user serviceable. However, if you know where to look online (I can't help you because it's a violation of the rules), you could find possibly find a repository of internal service manuals for Apple products (these are the ones that Geniuses use...)
     

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