Refurbishing my refurbished macbook pro after the keyboard went "k8a1put"
My keyboard died while giving a demo on a popular photography editing program to my students. Every time I typed something, the keyboard started inserting extra characters. My friend who repairs computers said he would get me a price on a new one, but he must have forgot so I took the law into my own hands and found ifixit.com.
I ordered the new keyboard and tools, and got them in a few days despite living in Great Britain. I looked over the repair instructions and compared them to other online guides. Borrowed a computer from work so I could follow along. It only took me 2 hours, being slow and methodical. I could probably do it in less time if there is ever a next time (cross your fingers.)
1. How have I lived this long without a Spudger?
2. Keep track of your screws
3. When you remove the top case, insert the spudger and twist with a little force. You should hear a popping sound, this is normal.
4. When you install the new keyboard, you may have to fish around with the pointed end of the spudger to pull the backlight cable through.