Tag | macbookpro
Gina (my wife) had a concerned look on her face when she told me. “The Mac was acting funny so I took the power plug out and removed the battery like usual, but it won’t turn on! The button won’t push in.” I thought that was pretty weird so I went and tried it myself. Sure enough — the power button on my MacBook Pro wouldn’t budge. Ugh.
I figured it just needed a little enouragement and decided to take the MBP apart. The warrenty is waaay over and done with, and it doesn’t work anyhow, so what else could go wrong? Getting it apart was interesting — there are four different screws and two types of heads. It’s easy to get them confused, especially the ones that hold the over the RAM. Underneath that cover, you still have three torus screws to deal with. None of my torus screwdrivers were that small, but my smallest Allen wrench worked like a charm.
Once the screws are out, you have to turn it over, open the screen, and pry keyboard part off. Kinda weird, and it definitely resists. But you hear a “pop” and then it’s off. I think told Gina, “Do you want to see the inside of a MacBook Pro?”
Gina: “You’re braver than I would ever be.”
Me: “Well, what’s going to happen? It won’t work?”
I took the keyboard off and mucked with the button for a little bit. I’m not sure what I did, but the button started going up and down again. I also took this time to blow some air on the insides, especially in the part where the screen latches to the keyboard when you close the laptop. It was filled with gunk! I think that will help prevent the problem Gina had that made sure force everything down.
Getting it back together was also interesting. There is think wire that starts on the back of the keyboard that has it’s end taped (!!!) to the motherboard, so I made sure to re-tape that. I think is also helps to put in the torus screws first, and the side screws last. When I turned the MBP back on, it beeped at me several times and I got nervious. But it soon showed the Mac OS screen and then the login screen.
So now it’s working fine. Yay!