How to fix Mbpro 15" 5,4 trackpad?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pjny, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. pjny macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    My friend's 2009 15" Macbook pro 5,4 has an issue with the trackpad being erratic. It doesn't properly respond to movement and is responsive in a random fashion making it impossible to use. I can click on stuff properly.

    I am not sure if it is a battery bulging problem causing trackpad to function improperly.

    He went to Apple a couple of years and they said there was water damage. I opened up the laptop and the inner side of the bottom plate has trackpad shaped rust stains.

    Can I fix this myself?

    Is there a place to fix this in New York where he lives or a place that will fix it for a reasonable price? The computer is old but works. But if they want $800 we might as well buy a new one.

    Everything else works with the laptop so I'm not sure how the rust occurred.

    Thanks
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

    Altemose

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    The easiest way is to remove the battery and inspect it. My guess is that the trackpad assembly is dying or the cable is crimped or corroded. A new trackpad assembly including screws isn't too expensive, and iFixit has some fantastic guides!
     
  3. bobcan macrumors 6502a

    bobcan

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    Yes, as mentioned above, iFixit is a great resource for Videos on component replacement and breakdowns of how the machines go together/come apart.. and some links to Parts as well, or ebay likely will also have many options if you can troubleshoot enough, and get p/n specifics!!

    This should be the link to yours (mid-2009 thru 2010) if a MBP 5,4 ~ Good Luck!!

    http://www.ifixit.com/Device/MacBook_Pro_15"_Unibody_Mid_2009
     

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