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Mocbook Pro Modding

ccashman92

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Aug 1, 2010
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Hey guys, I'm considering modding my Macbook Pro. I was wondering what all I can get away with without voiding the warranty? Does upgrading the RAM, HDD, or anything else by yourself void the warranty? What about changing the keys to a different color? Changing the Apple logos color? Backlight color? etc.

Anyone know of any other cool mods I can do?
 

Argon21

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Jun 25, 2010
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what exactly do you want to modify? and why? you've listed a bunch of internal components, all of which will void your warranty if you change them, except for the RAM which is user servicable.
 

ccashman92

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Aug 1, 2010
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Just talked to a local Apple representative and he told me that anything that you do work on by yourself that part isn't covered anymore. So you change the keys, the keys are no longer covered, you change the RAM, the RAM is no longer covered, etc.
 

Argon21

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Jun 25, 2010
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Just talked to a local Apple representative and he told me that anything that you do work on by yourself that part isn't covered anymore. So you change the keys, the keys are no longer covered, you change the RAM, the RAM is no longer covered, etc.
And obviously, any other parts that you managed to damage or break while modding the keys (or other things) are also no longer covered.
 

TZRaceR6

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Jun 8, 2010
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Changing out RAM and HDD do not void the warranties. They are the only two bits than can be changed out with relative ease. The optical drive is the next easiest bit along with the battery. Although will probably throw up flags though.
 

THX1139

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Changing ram or hard drive is NOT modding. Now, if you take out a hacksaw, spray paint, and a blowtorch.. then you're modding. And no, those would NOT be covered under warranty. Apple doesn't want you messing with their perfection because they know what is best for you.
 

tonywang.xmpt

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Jul 26, 2010
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Changing ram or hard drive is NOT modding. Now, if you take out a hacksaw, spray paint, and a blowtorch.. then you're modding. And no, those would NOT be covered under warranty. Apple doesn't want you messing with their perfection because they know what is best for you.

Exactly.
If you mod and something fails,
I've heard that you should just personally restore the "modded" items back to default
and hope that apple representatives won't see it. :3
(ie: taking out optical drive for a second internal HD)

edit://
When i first modded my new MBP,
my hands were shaking like made.
Now its natural :3
Can't tell if its a good thing for not.
 

TheBritishBloke

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Jul 21, 2009
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It will only void the warranty if you take it in like that... If you only replace the backlight on the keyboard, and the hard drive fails, then if you want Apple to replace the hard drive you need to put the original backlight back on.
 

alphaod

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Feb 9, 2008
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Let's say you wanted to change the color of the Apple logo:

You would need to remove the bezel and the take the LCD out of the top lid.
At this point you have voided the warranty on the lid (as a whole); should your screen breaks, you will need to pay for the new part.

Now at the same time let's say your HDD fails; as long as you didn't damage the HDD during your logo-color change work, your HDD will be replaced under warranty (assuming your machine is in warranty).
 
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