Mac Book Pro 17" - Touch Screen

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  1. phoanglong
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    Hi guys/gals,
    I'm thinking about install a touch panel to my Macbook Pro, not the newest version as it is absolutely can't not be install :D. What do you guys think? Will it be a waste of money, is there any disassemble guide ?
    Thanks
     
  2. michael.lauden
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    why not just get a modbook and save ruining your MBP
     
  3. phoanglong
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    sorry I don't really understand your reply ??? I'm trying to install the touch panel for my Macbook Pro 17", just a question of what do you guys think, is it possible to install one?
     
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    I think it's a total waste of time, money, and effort. Then again, I don't see the point of touch screens when a keyboard and mouse are just as, if not more efficient ways of interacting with the computer.
     
  5. phoanglong
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    :rolleyes:But when it comes to graphic designer, don't you think it will be more "fun" to have a touch panel install into it, i found a website that sold this touch panel that can be install without disassemble the Macbook. But I would love to hide all the wires and stuffs, and stick it permanently into my Macbook pro. Here is the website.
     
  6. Digital Skunk
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    The truth is, the money spent on a 17" Mac Book Pro is great, and tearing it apart for a novelty thing like a touch screen is a even greater waste of money.

    I THINK you shouldn't do it. Unless of course you have the RAW cash to blow away on a novelty venture that won't get you much outside of having a 17" MBP worth $3000 or so that has a $1000 touch screen mod to it.
     
  7. phoanglong
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    Can not be more agree with you with the part i spent more than £2k into this Macbook pro, but I found the website up there that only sell the touch screen panel for under £100..:D
     
  8. magamo
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    I will never do it myself but always enjoy videos and pictures of superb Mac mods. I guess it doesn't matter much if it's more efficient and worth the price. But again, I will not mod my Mac for a touch screen.
     
  9. phoanglong
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    Okie last though :D, I will get the kit order and then try to mod this, wish me luck. Will update the pictures and videos after everything is done.. either it has a lot of wires or no wires at all :D
     
  10. Benguitar
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    Bad Idea, Not Possible


    Okay dude, I don't think you get it.

    Installing Touch Panel into MacBook Pro (or any Apple product) = MAJOR Voiding of the warranty and a 99.99% chance of ****ing up your machine in the process.

    That is why if you are going to do it, get a cheaper MacBook or even a PC to try it out on first, and still I wouldn't go disassembling you MacBook Pro just so you can "try" and have a touch screen so all your friends will worship you.

    Slow your creativity down a little bit and just get a Tablet.


    $500.00 for Tablet that works fine.

    or

    Risk of losing $2800.00 or more for something that isn't professionally installed on a product that WASN'T designed for having a touch screen.
     
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    Only a 99.99 chance of screwing something up if you're an idiot.

    OP, if you know exactly what you're doing, go ahead.
     
  12. Benguitar
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    Nobody's perfect, everyone makes mistakes. So yeah, there is still a chance.

    But hey do what you want, I just simply expressed my opinion.


    (which most users hate my opinion)
     
  13. phoanglong
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    thanks guys, I'm disassembling my macbook pro right now and i think it is working fine, following by this induction:
    The guys that selling me the touch panel said that i will take up to 2 weeks to get all the components and ship it to me, so I will take this easy. But if it is not possible to install the touch panel into my Macbook pro the hard-way (by hard-way I mean without the wires :D) I will try to install it the easy way, let see how it going.. Will update soon.
     
  14. michael.lauden
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    oh my god. you are brave good luck..................

    let me emphasize the ...'s






    ...........
     
  15. Benguitar
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    There is a fine line between bravery and stupidity. ;)

    I really hope nothing bad happens, but gosh that is like trying to steal the name tag off a Apple Genius without him noticing and then getting out of the store.


    (yeh, weird metaphor)
     
  16. phoanglong
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    Too bad guys, sorry to disappointed all of you :(. I have a look again at all the equipments and everything that needed to have this project done. Apple just did a too good job to put thing together that leave no space left for me to put anything else.

    To have this project done, I have to install a small part called controller board into my Macbook pro, but it is just too big to fit any where, even if i take out the right-side speaker :(:(:(...

    And the second thing is the thickness of the touch panel is 2.9mm which is thicker than the space that apple left..

    So I think this is not possible to install.. Sorry for raising this threat
     
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    Aren't modbooks pen enabled? I don't think they're touch.
     
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    Yes they have touch—they call theirs "Synergy"
     
  19. Digital Skunk
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    Wow, that's a cheap price.

    You can always grab an older Powerbook/Macbook Pro that would give you that extra tenth of an inch or so, or a really thin 17" PC (that may be an oxymoron).
     
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    Ah ... I see now on their trade show report - nothing on their website.

    Also, they used to have the modbook pro available to order from their website, but not now for some reason.
     

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