Update 2010 MacBook Pro screen to Hi-Res one??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by olletsocmit, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. olletsocmit macrumors 6502


    Jun 24, 2010
    So... my MacBook Pro is 5 years old now o_O (see my specs. below in my signature). I just turned it on and noticed that it looks like there is a pixel starting to go. its not stuck or anything, just looks cloudy/almost like a super tiny crack under the glass. I have really looked at it, there is a super small chance that its a piece of dust on top of the LCD but under the glass but i don't think so. I am super anal about things and no one else would notice it haha, but just makes me think the screen may start to get funky soon. I looked on ifixit and a new screen is only $100 (I will not be replacing unless it completely dies or others get worse).

    so, to my question, haha. I noticed that they sell the regular screen like i have, then they have a anti-glare model (which i think was an option for me when i got this but i said no), & then the high-resolution (glossy or anti-glare). when I got mine i remember that the hi-res ones had a silver border around the screen instead of the black like mine and i did not like the silver border so i got the regular.

    Can i purchase one of the high-resolution screens and install it in this Mac? I know it may take some OS work or maybe even a different connector, but is it possible. will it work?

    Link to ifixit mid-2010 15" MacBook Pro screens: https://www.ifixit.com/MacBook-Parts/15-Inch-Unibody-LCD-Panel/IF161-069-1
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    You can, yes. To me it'd not really economically smart to do it. You'd save a whole lot of trouble and time if you just sold yours and bought another one of the same vintage with the hi-resolution screen. It'd probably be at next to zero cost to you. The hi-res screen doesn't add much if any resale value.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    For all practical purposes, the answer to your question is "no".

    If you want a better screen, best to start shopping for a new MacBook...

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