Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Apple MacBook Pro 15 – How to dismantle the Display

Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:
Three 13.5 mm (14.1 mm) Phillips screws.

Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.
Using both hands, lift the lower case near the vent to pop it off two clips securing it to the upper case.
Remove the lower case and set it aside.
Remove the two 7.4 mm Y1 Tri-Wing screws securing the battery to the upper case.
Note: For certain repairs (e.g. hard drive), removing the battery is not necessary but it prevents any accidental shorting of electronics on the motherboard. If you do not remove the battery, please be careful as parts of the motherboard might be electrified.
You do not necessarily have to follow steps 3-6 to remove the battery in order to replace the hard drive. However it is recommended to remove all power sources from electronics before working on them.
Use the tip of your finger to carefully peel back the corner of the warning label to reveal a hidden Tri-Wing screw.
Remove the last 7.4 mm Y1 Tri Wing screw securing the battery to the upper case.
Lift the battery by its plastic pull tab and slide it away from the long edge of the upper case.
Do not try to completely remove the battery just yet.
Tilt the battery away from the logic board enough to access the battery cable connector.
Pull the battery cable connector away from its socket on the logic board and remove the battery from the upper case.
Pull the battery cable connector away from the center of the logic board.
Use the flat end of a spudger to carefully pry the AirPort/Bluetooth ribbon cable up off its socket on the logic board.
Pull the camera cable connector straight out of its socket on the logic board.
Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board toward the optical drive opening.
Use the tip of a spudger to pry the three antenna connectors up off the
AirPort/Bluetooth board.
De-route all three antenna cables from their channels in the AirPort/Bluetooth housing.
De-route the camera cable from its channel in the AirPort/Bluetooth housing.
Remove the following two screws securing the AirPort/Bluetooth housing to the upper case:
One 3.8 mm Phillips
One 8.6 mm Phillips
Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth assembly from the upper case, minding any cables that may get caught.
Remove the 8.6 mm Phillips screw securing the antenna/camera cable retainer to the upper case.
Remove the antenna/camera cable retainer from the upper case.
Remove two of the three 6 mm T6
Torx screws securing the right side of the display to the upper case.
We purposely have you leave one screw attaching the display to the upper case to aid in future steps.
Grab the plastic pull tab secured to the display data cable lock and rotate it toward the DC-In side of the computer.
Pull the display data cable straight out of its socket on the logic board.
Do not lift up on the display data cable, as its socket is very fragile. Pull the cable parallel to the face of the logic board.
Remove the 8.6 mm Phillips screw securing the display data cable retainer to the upper case.
Remove the display data cable retainer from the upper case.
Remove two of the three 6 mm T6 Torx screws securing the left side of the display to the upper case.
We purposely have you leave one screw attaching the display to the upper case to aid in future steps.
Open your MacBook Pro so the display is perpendicular to the upper case.
Place your opened MacBook Pro on a table as pictured.
While holding the display and upper case together with your left hand, remove the remaining T6 Torx screw from the upper display bracket.
Be sure to hold the display and upper case together with your left hand. Failure to do so may cause the freed display/upper case to fall, potentially damaging each component.
Remove the last remaining T6 Torx screw securing the display to the upper case.
Grab the upper case with your right hand and rotate it slightly toward the top of the display so the upper display bracket clears the edge of the upper case.
Rotate the display slightly away from the upper case.
Lift the display up and away from the upper case, minding any brackets or cables that may get caught.