I killed my Keyboard! Need Parts!

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  1. Old Muley macrumors 6502a

    Old Muley

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    This afternoon I decided to clean up the keys on my mid 2010 MacBook Pro 13" (MC374LL/A), and in the process I broke a number of the keys. I figured finding replacement keys would be no big deal, but that is proving to be a challenge. Individual keys are available for $4 to $9 each, with is crazy expensive.

    In my searching I stumbled across a couple of listings for a product called "Apple KIT, KEYCAP, BLACK BACKLIT, VERSION D - 922-9277" which sounds to me like it might be what I need. Any information on how to obtain Apple parts? I really don't want to spend a ton of money buying individual keys, and I don't need the entire upper case replacement I've found on some sites.
     
  2. Old Muley thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I saw those auctions and might consider picking one up. I just don't relish the idea of replacing the entire keyboard.
     
  3. skitzogreg macrumors 6502

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    I can't be the only one who glanced quickly at this thread and thought it said:

    "I killed my Keyboard! Need Pants!"
     
  4. Jamesesesesess macrumors 6502a

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    I don't blame you... having to unscrew and screw 60+ tiny screws? It is a pain in the ass, I've done it before on an HP laptop. Losing some of the screws in the assembly is also a given unless you have a real steady hand. Then again, I'm not a professional.

    Here's a link with some information on what you found: http://www.scribd.com/doc/51818127/24/Keycap-Replacement

    I'm sure you've already found this link, but in case you haven't, you can get the key caps for $40 http://www.impactcomputers.com/922-9277.html

    Personally, I would replace the key caps instead of replacing the entire keyboard, because I would probably mess something up internally, but if you're handy, replacing the entire keyboard isn't a horrible idea either.
     
  5. Old Muley thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks Jamesesesesess, I ordered a kit this morning from Impact Computers so we'll see how it works out. As I searched around I also found this part available from "Gainsaver", but from other threads here I know they are best avoided.
     
  6. Old Muley thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Dang!

    I ordered the "in stock" part from Impact Computers two days ago, and yesterday I get a call from them saying it is out of stock, but they'd special order it for me for an extra $20 bucks. While I appreciate the customer service call, you'd think they would honor their posted price. Now I've got to find a different supplier.
     
  7. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    Makes you wonder what he did to kill the keyboard, eh?
     
  8. dljeffery macrumors regular

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    Why not buy one of those eBay full keyboards, remove the keycaps you need and put them on your existing keyboard?
     
  9. Old Muley thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You read my mind, since I just did that a few moments ago. Hopefully it will work as I managed to find a youtube video that showed the correct and careful way to remove/install keys.

    The whole "need PANTS" thing is funny and has given me chuckle. Had I managed to break more than I did, my pants would have definitely needed a good cleaning. :eek:
     
  10. Old Muley thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Success!

    My eBay-sourced keyboard arrived today. Initially I was going to pop off the key caps and simply put them on my existing keyboard, but I discovered that wouldn't work. My MBP has(had) the "revision B" keyboard, and the one I received was a "revision A". This meant I couldn't swap out the keys, since the mechanics of the scissors springs is completely different. So I decided to dive in and with the help of ifixit I was able to replace the entire keyboard. Honestly, pulling my Macbook apart was a bit anxiety-producing but it worked. Probably the worst part was removing and installing the 50 or so micro-screws that hold the keyboard in place.
     

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