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Replace the missing feet for your MacBook Pro 17".

Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:
  • Remove the following ten screws securing the lower case to the upper case:

    • Three 13.5 mm Phillips screws.

    • Seven 3 mm Phillips screws.

important to reassemble the "lower case" successfully: the threads of the seven 3mm phillips screws are drilled at an angle :-/

mysterioes - Réponse

Same issue with me. After reassembling my 13-inch and my 17-inch, one of the screws are sticking out ever so slightly. Very annoying, especially since I scratch whatever surface I'm on now.

Kyle Spadaro -

Very important note; this guide is NOT correct for the Macbook Pro 17" A1297 late '11.

The A1297 has an assembly adjacent to the optical drive, identifiable by 4 antenna connectors, 1 usb cable (with very small connector) and one PCI-e flat cable running across the optical drive.

I did not take pictures, but found one on the web. I'm very new to iFixit and have no idea yet on how to create a guide, but here's the picture showing the assembly on top (this pic only has 3 antenna wires, the A1297 has 4, but at least you'll know what to look for.

- carefully undo all connections and 2 screws

- remove the assembly and flip it over

- again carefully remove the shielding tape

- undo 3 tiny screws

- gently pry the airport card from the assembly (the flat cable will be a bit of a pain)

- reverse process with replacement card.

image can be found here:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2446...

Remon - Réponse

It helps if you mark the holes where the long screws go so you can easily find them when the time comes to button things up. Also, a little dish or custard cup to hold those tiny screws is essential.

Human - Réponse

3 x 13.5 mm screws are actually TWO different types! Return to EXACT SAME HOLES.

-I discovered this on my mid-2010, but from comments, sounds like it may affect other models as well

2 x 13.5 mm screws are pointed ends

1 x 13.5 mm screw is a FLAT end <- CORNER HOLE

These areTWO slightly different lengths, and must return to correct holes. If you put the flat end screw in the wrong hole, it will stick out slightly. If you put either of the pointed screws in the wrong hole, they will go in all the way, but will not catch threads, and will simply fall out when laptop is flipped back over.

scottbernardis - Réponse

I printed out the image above and taped each screw to the photo as I removed each one, just to make sure I put them in the right location.

Grace Morris - Réponse

This is a brilliant suggestion! I did this for all the steps that involved removing screws, numbered the sheets, and that made it very easy to put it all back together in reverse. Thanks!

Steve Adamczyk -

Wedge your fingers between the lower case and the vent, and lift upward to release the clips holding the lower case to the upper case. Remove the lower case.
  • Wedge your fingers between the lower case and the vent, and lift upward to release the clips holding the lower case to the upper case.

  • Remove the lower case.

I recommend using anti-static protection, i.e., wearing a ground strap, or at least touch metal chassis inside the computer before unplugging cables. Otherwise, you might create an ESD discharge into your RAM and have to replace it like I did!

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Remove any broken or damaged feet. Remove any pieces from the old foot that may have broken off in the foot hole. Use tweezers to peel up and remove the old adhesive tape from the foot pad.
  • Remove any broken or damaged feet.

  • Remove any pieces from the old foot that may have broken off in the foot hole.

  • Use tweezers to peel up and remove the old adhesive tape from the foot pad.

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Scrub the foot pad with adhesive remover to remove any remaining adhesive.
  • Scrub the foot pad with adhesive remover to remove any remaining adhesive.

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Wipe the foot pad with an alcohol prep pad to remove any residue left by the cleaner.
  • Wipe the foot pad with an alcohol prep pad to remove any residue left by the cleaner.

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Peel a replacement foot from the plastic backing.
  • Peel a replacement foot from the plastic backing.

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Align the new foot inside the foot pad. Make sure the alignment nub on the foot is lined up with the small hole near the perimeter of the pad. Lay the foot down while keeping it properly aligned.
  • Align the new foot inside the foot pad.

  • Make sure the alignment nub on the foot is lined up with the small hole near the perimeter of the pad.

  • Lay the foot down while keeping it properly aligned.

  • Check for proper alignment from the inside of the lower case. Use tweezers to slide the alignment nub so it lines up with the hole.

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Press the new foot down firmly with your finger and maintain pressure for 30 seconds to set the pressure sensitive adhesive.
  • Press the new foot down firmly with your finger and maintain pressure for 30 seconds to set the pressure sensitive adhesive.

  • Repeat the last six steps for any broken or damaged feet.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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