How to replace your MacBook Pro screen

When it comes to Apple, I know I am not the only one who has gotten the short end of the stick when having to pay high costs for fixing or replacing parts on their products. Now I am somewhat of a klutz, and I drop everything; I have cracked two screens on my MacBook Pro within the 2 years I have owned it. The first time I took it to the Apple store, to replace a cracked screen I paid $300. The second time I cracked the screen, I did not want to pay Apple’s high service fees, and I picked up a screen from the Internet for $50 and installed it myself. I realized how easy it was I decided to make a little how-to, to save you guys some money with seven easy steps.

What you need

One small knife

One small Phillips-head screwdriver

One new laptop screen (appropriate size)

Step One

Remove the LCD bezel (plastic frame) from the screen by inserting the tip of a small knife into the seam at the edge of the bezel, and working your way around the length and width of the screen until it pops out. Place the bezel aside.

Step Two

Use your Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the three screws at the bottom of the screen that holds the hinge cover in place. Gently pull up on the long plastic hinge directly under the middle of the screen until it comes loose. Remove the hinge to reveal the LCD inverter (LCD light power source).

Step Three

Remove each of the 12 screws from the corners and sides of the screen that hold it in place. Separate the LCD screen from the back plastic bezel by gently pulling the screen away from the back of the bezel and leaning it facedown on the keyboard.

Step Four

Remove the six screws from the metal brackets along the side of the back of the screen. Remove the two screws on the top of the back of the screen by the camera.

Step Five

Use your fingernail to remove the cable that is attached to the camera at the top-center of the back of the screen. The cable will pop out with little effort. Then remove the thin yellow tape that is holding the camera cable to the back of the screen.

Step Six

Remove the thick black video cable that runs along the middle of the back of the screen and connects to the green LCD panel the same way you removed the camera cable.

Step Seven

Use your thumb and index finger to pull the white inverter plug from the end of the long black inverter located at the bottom-middle of the back of the screen. At this point the screen will be completely free from the laptop. Replace it with a new LCD screen and reassemble in the reverse order you took it apart.

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