New clamshell but resolution is wrong

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  1. Beachguy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2011
    2012 MBP BTO. 2.6 ghz i7, 512GB SSD, etc. etc. It came with the hi-res display (1680x1050) but the screen got broken. I ordered a new screen from Amazon to replace it, but when replaced, I am only getting 1440x900 instead of the 1680x1050. I don't know if they sent me the wrong display or if something is a bit wonky about the replacesment (I did not do it- I have arthritis in my hand and couldn't get one screw to loosen.)

    Any ideas/suggestions/thoughts?

  2. treekram macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2015
    Honolulu HI
    The 2012 non-Retina 15" MBP came standard with a 1440x900 display. The 1680x1050 display was $100 extra. Did you order the correct display? Run the "System Information" app, select "Graphics/Displays" and it will tell you the native resolution of the display. If it says 1440x900, you ordered the wrong display. If it says 1680x1050, you should be able to go into System Preferences -> Display and change the resolution.
  3. Beachguy thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2011
    The one I ordered was SUPPOSED to be 661-6505, which was the display the Mac was made with. But I didn't know if it was possible to make a mistake installing it that caused it to be limited.

    And now I have discovered that it will not charge the battery. **groan**
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    The Matt 1050 screen was a buy to order option at the time you have the standard screen I imagine the screen you wan is quite difficult to get hold of now.
  5. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Quite often 3rd-party vendors will cross-reference parts. I deal with this A LOT when doing non-warranty repairs on Dell computers - I once had a vendor ship me an entire lid from a different model laptop and tell me the LCD inside was compatible with the system I was repairing, then expected me to rip out the LCD somehow and install it into the system I was repairing. The one you dealt with obviously just has a list of "compatible" parts and matched the wrong display. I would ask them to send you the CORRECT part, the one you thought you were ordering.
  6. smbu2000 macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2014
    That is the wrong part for your machine. The 1440 x 900 matte screen was the BTO option for the 2009 15” MBP. That was the first year that Apple introduced the matte screen option for the 15” MBP and it was at the same resolution as the glossy screen.

    Starting with the 2010 models the matte screen option became high resolution.
    For the 2012 model, there was another slight change. Previous models used 2 antennas (2 wires) in the display that connected to the WiFi card, on the 2012 model display they switched that to 3 antennas (3 wires) for improved WiFi signal/performance.

    My backup laptop is a 2009 15” MBP with the 1440x900 matte screen and I have swapped around parts on the 15” 2010-2012 models before.

    The other models screen will work on your system, but if you want to maintain WiFi performance I would specifically look for a 2012 screen for your 2012 machine.
  7. marioman38 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    Elk Grove, CA
    Its the wrong part probably said something like "compatible with Part XX-XXXX" in the description even though it is the lower res screen.

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