Keyboard Swap

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  1. HIMAN1998 macrumors 6502

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    Could I put the backlit keyboard from a mid-2010 MacBook Pro in my Late 2008 MacBook?
     
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  3. HIMAN1998 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Okay, what about the Magsafe board from my Late 2008 in the Mid 2010?

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    never mind, found my answer to that on iFixit, which was down at the time.
     
  4. DmbShn41 macrumors 6502

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    Nope.

    It's not a mater of physical size, as that most likely would work. It's a matter of proper position of the keyboard ribbon cable in relation the motherboard, and if there is a backlight connector on the motherboard (possibly power consumption too?).

    The only model that I know of with swappable keyboards, and someone please correct me if I'm wrong, are the Late 2008 2.0 Ghz model (non-backlit) and late 2008 2.4 model (backlit). Most, not all, 2.0 Ghz motherboards had the backlight connector on motherboard, and the keyboard ribbon cable was in same position on both. The non-backlit keyboard would fit on the higher end computer, obviously no backlight.
     
  5. HIMAN1998 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have the Mid 2010 now, and the keyboard ribbon cable is in the same position on both. If I can't get this water damage fixed, I might try and do a swap. I've found issues on the Mid 2010 with trackpad clicking, too.
     
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    I couldn't get the Mid 2010 Pro to boot, so I did the swap of just the backlight. It works perfectly fine now.
     
  7. DmbShn41 macrumors 6502

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    Good to see you got it booting. Everything else working well? Trackpad?

    Mid 2010...can't that go to 16Gb Ram? Max it out.

    Water damage unfortunately almost always gets the keyboard and backlight. Whether it's immediate or over time, it'll happen eventually.
     
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    The Mid 2010 is the Pro I pulled the keyboard backlight out of to put into my Late 2008 MacBook. My Late '08 is already maxed out at 8GB RAM. The Pro's logic board I think has completely died on me.
     

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