Macbook Pro 2012 Keyboard Replacement

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AnnatarSmith, Sep 8, 2015.

  1. AnnatarSmith macrumors newbie

    AnnatarSmith

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    My SO spilled coffee over her Macbook Pro 2012, 13". Fortunately the computer was saved and seems to work okay, except for the keyboard, which needs to be changed (according to the technician that she took it to). I asked a service person, and they said it would cost 200 Euros, which I think is quite a lot. So I decided to do it myself.

    What I am looking for is suggestions how to proceed, what to take into account when taking apart this computer and changing the keyboard, how to make sure the spare parts I buy are good quality. If anyone has experience with changing keyboard, I would be very happy to hear it. I have changed RAM on macbook pros before, but have never taken it apart further than that before, obviously there are videos online that make it look very easy, but would be great to hear someone's experience.
     
  2. hallux macrumors 68020

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    There are 2 different mid-2012 MBP. One is the rMBP and the other is the "classic". The "classic" has the Superdrive in it still. If it's the Retina one, that 200 seems reasonable as the entire top case has to be replaced (case, battery, keyboard, trackpad).
     
  3. AnnatarSmith thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks hallux. No, it is not retina, it's classic. If it was retina, I know that basically everything needs to be changed and 200 is not just reasonable, but a very good price, I would say. So on classic, you just need to take it apart and you can just unscrew the keyboard and screw new one in, at least that's how I understand. I was just wondering, how complicated the process really is. The videos on youtube (for example this one: ) seem pretty easy. But I was wondering how hard would it be in the home conditions, with a not very experienced person.
     
  4. boast macrumors 65816

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    I did it on a 2010. Other than losing half of those 1000 little screws, and once finishing realizing the keyboard wasn't fully flush on both sides (but still fine), it is not too bad. Easy to get done being careful and having patience.
     

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