Mid 2009 MBP Battery/Keyboard Replacement

SamBroughton

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 27, 2011
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Leicester, England
Hi Everyone

I recently bought a second hand MBP, and I'm really happy with it. The only problems I have is that the battery does not hold charge at all and the keys on the keyboard are quite sticky, and as it's out of warranty, I plan to replace them myself. Has anyone done this; is it difficult?

I was also looking through the App Store earlier and spotted GTA San Andreas. Would this run on my 13" MBP (2.23GhZ, 2gb RAM)? I'm also planning to upgrade the RAM, possibly to 8gb.

Many thanks. :)
 
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PS65

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SamBroughton

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 27, 2011
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Leicester, England
Replacing the battery is not difficult. See here.

I don't think you'll need to replace the keyboard, maybe just clean it. Try this.
Sorry, I should have been more specific. If I can I'll replace it, as the guy who had it before me lived both in Europe and in the UK, so when he bought it he had the european keyboard fitted (with vowels with umlauts over them where some of the grammatical keys should be), and some of the LED's are not as bright as my friends' 2011 MBP. I've seen videos on YouTube of how to do it, and I am reasonably familiar with how to handle electronic components, as I did 3 weeks work experience in an electronic development lab, and built my own PC with my dad when I was younger. Cheers for the links :)

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http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook-Pro-13-Inch-Unibody-Mid-2009-Upper-Case-Replacement/6040/1

To replace the keyboard, it requires a complete dismantling of the MBP. It can be pretty easy to break certain things if you're not comfortable/familiar with apple product take-aparts.
Got any tips then? :D

I know I'll have to wear one of those bands to remove static charge from me (the precise name for them escapes me), and you need some specialist tools, like a tri-bladed phillips screwdriver for the battery, but i'm pretty sure I can borrow one from my dad.

I was just after some advice on doing it, like what to look out for, like soft screws etc. Is it just a case of treating everything with care, and not forcing it?

Cheers :)
 

Ferry888

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Jun 22, 2009
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As I have the same problem, I also want to replace the keyboard myself. I've looked up some tutorials and found out that the keyboard consist of a few layers. They last black layer is glued on the top case. Now I'd like to know from anyone who has done the keyboard replacement their selves, what glue did you use to make it stick again. I guess the adhesive protects the logic board from any liquid going direct through the keyboard.
I know the procedure isn't easy but I'd rather save the 700 dollars for my next machine then to invest it in a old 2010 MBP.
Thanks in advance.
 
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