Macbook pro mid 2010 keyboard replacement help

skim0686

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 25, 2014
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My 0 and command keys are not working. Reset the PRAM, installed a new copy of Mavericks and the keys still wouldn't work. Took it to the apple store and they ran some tests and said my keyboard had many keys that were on the verge of failing...? Not sure how they "measure" this but they said I need to replace both the keyboard and the top aluminum body which would cost ~$180 and take a week to fix... This is a purely hardware based issue.

I would like to fix this myself at home. If you've had to replace the keyboard on a macbook pro mid 2010 13inch edition, could you help me out? I don't know if I need to replace the entire aluminum body along with the keyboard or just the keyboard itself. Also my backlight is working fine, do I need to buy a kit that includes the lighting too?

Thanks!!!
 

prisstratton

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Dec 20, 2011
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
My 0 and command keys are not working. Reset the PRAM, installed a new copy of Mavericks and the keys still wouldn't work. Took it to the apple store and they ran some tests and said my keyboard had many keys that were on the verge of failing...? Not sure how they "measure" this but they said I need to replace both the keyboard and the top aluminum body which would cost ~$180 and take a week to fix... This is a purely hardware based issue.

I would like to fix this myself at home. If you've had to replace the keyboard on a macbook pro mid 2010 13inch edition, could you help me out? I don't know if I need to replace the entire aluminum body along with the keyboard or just the keyboard itself. Also my backlight is working fine, do I need to buy a kit that includes the lighting too?

Thanks!!!
You only need to replace the keyboard itself. Your existing backlight can be removed and re-installed.

I have not taken apart your specific model, but guides (see links below) show what needs to be done.

iFixit guide here:

(note: these guides are usually a complete step by step walk through, in this case it has been made by a “contributor” and as such is not as full featured. Please look at his comments at the bottom of the page where he explains all of the other steps that are required).

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Unibody+Mid+2010+Keyboard+Replacement/23632

YouTube keyboard replacement (your model) here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCmPqsvVP_8

As for parts, I had a quick look at eBay and it looks as if somewhere around $35 seems to be the average price for the keyboard.

http://www.ebay.ca/sch/i.html?_from...0+&_nkw=macbook+pro+13+2010+keyboard&_sacat=0

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/NEW-Genuine-...69?pt=PCA_Mice_Trackballs&hash=item2a406cd04d

Hope it helps.

Good luck.
 

skim0686

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 25, 2014
3
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bought this keyboard

http://www.ebay.com/itm/100-NEW-App...-13-2009-2010-2011-US-Keyboard-/181004098712?

this toolset

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009MKGRQA/ref=pe_385040_121528360_TE_dp_1

followed the steps here

https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Unibody+Mid+2010+Keyboard+Replacement/23632

but it is incomplete so I had to look up additional directions to remove the logic board, battery, optical drive, hard drive, and the speakers

The whole process took 3+ hours because I stripped some of the screws :(

Nonetheless my macbook works flawlessly now. Will probably upgrade the ram to 8gb and replace the current hard drive with an ssd in the future. Hope this helps someone out in the future.
 
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