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Remplacez le lecteur optique dans votre MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mi-2010

Retirez les 10 vis suivantes par lesquelles est fixé le boîtier inférieur du MacBook Pro 13" Unibody :
  • Retirez les 10 vis suivantes par lesquelles est fixé le boîtier inférieur du MacBook Pro 13" Unibody :

    • Sept vis Phillips 3 mm.

    • Trois vis Phillips 13,5 mm.

It looks like you need a Phillips #000 screwdriver for the 10 bottom screws. I tried the #00 and it's too big. Good thing I bought a 23 piece precision screwdriver set or else I would have been screwed.

scott523 - Réponse

The 10 screws that hold tha bottom case take a #00 Phillips driver, if yours doesnt fit it's probably because it's cheaply made & not precise enough. The only thing that I needed a #000 driver for was the keyboard screws. They're so small they look like specks of dirt or sand. I stripped out 4 of them & now will need to grind the heads off with a Dremel/rotary tool. The other thing that sucks is iFixit doesn't have a tutorial for keyboard replacement!

iphonetechtips -

A true Phillips head screw's slots are rounded at their inner corners, to allow the screwdriver to "cam out" (pop out) of the screw head before you apply too much torque and strip the threads in the part that you're torqueing the screw into. However, the screws used in the Macbook don't have those rounded inner corners, so they're not Phillips. Instead, they may be a Japanese standard known as JIS B 1012, or a Frearson (also known as a Reed & Prince), but that's a less common design. Maybe technically these non-Phillips screws should be used with a screwdriver that was specifically designed for them, but they can be properly removed and reinstalled using a truly precision-made Phillips #00 (some people find a #000 sometimes works even better) whose tip comes to a sharp point--not the lousy fake "precision" screwdrivers that are sold in too many places. See my next comment for more.

johnsawyercjs -

Many screwdriver manufacturers get away with marketing fake "precision" screwdrivers because, in the words of the Wikipedia article at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sc...: "Most heads come in a range of sizes, typically distinguished by a number, such as "Phillips #00" or "Torx T5." These sizes do not necessarily describe a particular dimension of the drive shape, but are often arbitrary designations in the same sense as a "Size 8" dress."

In other words, the quality of many "precision" screwdrivers is poor. In my experience, one of the biggest problems with many fake "precision" Phillips screwdrivers is that the four blades at the tip are often too wide, and their width may even vary on the same screwdriver (they're not supposed to). So just because a screwdriver is marketed as a "precision screwdriver", it may not be, and many that are labeled as #00, or even #000, will not work for a Macbook's screws. See my next comment for still more.

johnsawyercjs -

One of the best manufacturers of precision screwdrivers is Wiha (http://www.wihatools.com/tech-tools/prec... cost more, but they're worth it. Or buy screwdrivers from iFixit, who seem to be selling JIS screwdrivers.

Another article with some good info on screw and screwdriver types:

http://www.instructables.com/id/When-a-P...

Also keep in mind that some screws are tougher to remove and reinstall because they have a thread-locking compound on them, which is usually blue.

johnsawyercjs -

Phillips #00 is the correct screwdriver for the lower case. Maybe the one you have is worn or badly made.

David Fear -

Perfect man!Many thanks!:)

wertaerte - Réponse

Compare the short screws carefully before reinstalling them. The shouldered screws go in the holes on the front edge.

twisk - Réponse

thanks twisk, I wish i would have read your tip before I finished putting the bottom of my laptop back together. I managed to get all screws in somehow, but one was in fact too-tight.

BTW, big big thanks to the Author: Andrew Bookholt. Just used this guide and my trackpad now works again.

xitxit2 -

i too need a #000 for the bottom of the case -- i got the recommended screwdriver (#00) and unfortunately it's too big

plins718 - Réponse

Before I started removing any screws I took a piece of paper and drew the bottom of the laptop and put a piece of double-sided tape in the spot where each screw goes. That way when I took out the screws, I could put them on the tape so I knew exactly which screw went in which spot. I did the same thing for dismantling the inside on another sheet of paper, then a third sheet for the screen after getting the front glass off.

mastover - Réponse

I use a similar technique: I print out the iFixit manual for the job, and Scotch-tape down the screws/brackets/cables I remove at each step next to the component descriptions. That way, when I'm reassembling, the bits are taped right next to the photo of where they came from.

adlerpe -

That's exactly what I do for all my repairs! It's the best way to keep track of all of the parts ' original location and to make sure that you don't miss any parts during reassembly.

joyitsjennie -

Great idea and one I use often

Thomas Overstreet -

Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing it here.

Laura Sharkey -

The colours you used for these circles are indistinguishable for colour-blind people. Please consider using something like the palette suggested by visibone: http://www.visibone.com/colorblind/

Eric Sorenson - Réponse

Squares, Circles, Triangles (you get the idea) would work as well to distinguish the different screws.

danzeitlin -

I'd use a Phillips #000 screwdriver also. The #00 can work, but if the screws are in really tight, it doesn't get far enough down into the screws to get purchase, so it will start to strip (and I agree that the screws are pretty soft). On mine, the screws for the fan were really tight, started to strip with #00, needed a #000 and quite a bit of pressure to get them to move.

jonathanmorgan - Réponse

I thought it took a 000 as well. However, I tried both and realized the 00 works best.

john - Réponse

Hi i was wondering if you can add 16gb to this model? or is 8 the maximum?

Igor - Réponse

The Mid 2010 MacBook Pro 13" does support 16 GB RAM, but it is very picky about the type of RAM. OWC sells a 16 GB kit (2x 8 GB). I think it's got to be 1066 (aka 1067) MHz RAM. A lot of 8 GB modules on the market now are faster than 1066 MHz, and reports I've read say people start getting kernel panics if they use the wrong RAM.

Some info here:

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/ma...

"1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM"

"*Originally, both the official and actual maximum RAM was 8 GB. However, as confirmed by site sponsor OWC, if running OS X 10.7.5 or higher, updated with the latest EFI, and equipped with proper specification memory modules, this model can support up to 16 GB of RAM."

Our Mid 2010 already had "the latest EFI" (i.e. Boot ROM version in System Profiler), so the reference to updating it may not be relevant.

Winston -

I used a 00 that fit but the screws were very tight so I used a tiny paintbrush with some wd40 on it and put it around the edges of the screws. Worked like a charm

valentinedhdh - Réponse

I had the same problem. The #00 screwdriver worked for some of the screws but some others were too tight and I had to use a #000. Maybe it was because the cover had slightly bent because the battery inside had basically doubled its width, but I still found that the #000 was a much better fit for these screws. Even the ones that came out with the #00 came out much easier with the #000. I would suggest updating this guide to suggest using a #000.

tarriojuan - Réponse

Had no idea they were so expensive.

Franklin - Réponse

Phillips #00 is the right tool for all the steps (Except the 4 HD T6 screws). Maybe there is dirt in the notch.

Luis Soto - Réponse

There is any chance to use the Toshiba MQ01ABD 1 TB 2.5" Internal Hard Drive MQ01ABD100 , it has7200 rpm , shuold it work?

Luis - Réponse

If you are running OS X 10.11.2 or newer, battery provided by iFixIt will not work. I've already tried 2 batteries from iFixIt and neither worked. iFixIt needs to come clean on this unfortunate situation. I've already put 8 hours into this futile effort when it should have taken me 45 minutes.

gkofga - Réponse

What was your solution? I'm using 10.11.3 OS X. I may need a battery replacement very soon too.

John Doe -

<i>The 10 screws that hold that bottom case take a #00 Phillips driver, if yours doesn't fit it's probably because it's cheaply made & not precise enough.</I>

I purchased the IFixIt 54 bit Driver Kit and their Phillips #00 are <b>NOT</b> the appropriate size for the bottom screws on this MacBook Pro. This manual needs to have the tools changed to Phillips #000 Screwdriver. Until then I shall not click the "Give the author +30 points" button. Apart from that, the rest of the manual is very good. It would also be an idea to make a comment about making sure the battery connector is in the correct position when plugging the battery back in. One poster commented that their battery will not charge anymore. My guess is a pin(s) was/were bent due to the connection not being in the vertical orientation when being pressed back together. :-)

THANK YOU for writing and generously supplying this guide for our use. It is much appreciated. +30 point coming when the Phillips #000 size is changed or added.

Joseph King - Réponse

It would be nice to remind fixers which length screws go back in which holes, in case they get mixed up...

Mike - Réponse

Soulevez légèrement le boîtier inférieur et poussez-le vers l'arrière de l'ordinateur afin de désengager les pattes de fixation.
  • Soulevez légèrement le boîtier inférieur et poussez-le vers l'arrière de l'ordinateur afin de désengager les pattes de fixation.

In the introduction you should link fixers to this excellent doc: https://www.ifixit.com/Misc/HD_Software_...

It is really critical, super easy, and free(!) to clone your existing drive onto the new one you will install. I ran into one error, but SuperDuper! support replied immediately on how to fix it...Thanks ifixit and SuperDuper! (I ponied up the $28 for the software anyway, I was so impressed!)

Mike - Réponse

À titre de précaution, nous vous conseillons de débrancher le connecteur de la batterie de la carte mère afin d'éviter les décharges électriques.
  • À titre de précaution, nous vous conseillons de débrancher le connecteur de la batterie de la carte mère afin d'éviter les décharges électriques.

  • À l'aide de l'extrémité plate d'un spudger, faites levier sur le connecteur de la batterie pour le débrancher de la prise sur la carte mère.

why is step 3 necessary?

gansodesoya - Réponse

Quote from gansodesoya:

why is step 3 necessary?

Just to disconnect any power source to avoid damages by short-circuits.

MrKane - Réponse

Quote from gansodesoya:

why is step 3 necessary?

Removes the possibility of any current flow. This is especially important if you are trying to mitigate the damage to the circuitry due to a spill on a keyboard.

amiller770 - Réponse

I'm thinking of ordering the spudger. I was thinking of order the heavy duty spudger... or should I just order the normal. Will either of the spudgers work for this DIY?

shockaaa - Réponse

Once you have a set of spudgers, you will wonder how you ever went without them. :-)

Brian -

$@$@. Don't use an non-isolated screwdriver for this. I just shorted-out my battery :(

Lukas Besch - Réponse

You are absolutely right, never use a screwdriver on the logic board or any connector! Delicate use of fingernails or a credit card will get you through most situations if you lack a spudger.

Logan Bean -

How do you get that battery connector back on? Do you just press it in back in place after you're done?

Horace Chung - Réponse

yes. I usually plug it in before I screw it down so I can lift the battery a bit and have enough slack to be able to go straight down on the connector, otherwise it comes in on a bit of an angle, which can't be good (though not necessarily bad).

maccentric -

Would it not be advisable to drain the battery completely before attempting to repair, if you want to be sure you don't get a spark when removing the battery connector?

Berlugana

bduault - Réponse

Disconnecting the battery connector is not that different from simply unplugging a battery from an older model MacBook with a removable battery. You're not trying to protect yourself from a "spark", but the internal circuitry when taking the MacBook apart.

amiller770 -

I neglected step 3 and now my computer won't turn on. Could I have shorted out my logic board?

Plamen - Réponse

I had the same problem , my macbook doesn't switch on working

marioluiggi -

A very easy and fast update indeed! Using this guide and the tools indicated on top I replaced the two RAM cards (2GB each) with two 8GB RAM cards from OWC for a total of 16GB RAM in my MBP Middle 2010 Core 2 Duo (Officially not supported according to Apple).

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Make sure you select RAM with these specs: 16GB DDR3 PC8500 1066MHz Kit (8GBx2)

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Apps open much faster and I can run a virtual machine at a decent speed.

Luis Soto - Réponse

Removing the battery is not required, but in some instances can make installing ram much easier. If you plan on upgrading from 4GB (2X 2GB) to 8GB (2X 4GB) Removing the battery would be better. There are two levels of ram. If you are replacing both levels, then remove the battery. If you are just replacing the top, dont bother. Removing the battery for very long or even at all (depending on the CMOS battery age and health) could possibly reset settings, the clock, saved wifi passwords, and more.

Everett Whiteman - Réponse

It is beneficial to remove the battery at this stage.

Knox Karima - Réponse

This step almost finished me, and I did extensive damage to the battery plug. Fortunately, I later replaced the battery, and the replacement came with a new plug! :) Newbies need to know - 1. The battery plug is like a thin lip on a thicker lip, so you need to pry BETWEEN 2 thin lips to get it off, else you are trying to yank out the socket. 2. Mine was initially VERY tight, and trying to get it out broke the plastic on all sides of plug, even though I was as careful as possible. Luckily, this didn't hurt functionality and I later replaced the battery. AFTER disconnecting once, it was never so tight again,

Jeff Diamond - Réponse

Guys I just used my index finger nail. It’s the most useful nail to let grow a little bit for this type of procedure. Came off pretty easy when using both my right hand index and left hand index together to lift the plug up out. Found some plastic folded it and place it right over the socket so the plug would go back in and now the plug holds the plastic in place so I can focus on the main work.

clsmithj - Réponse

À titre de précaution, nous vous conseillons de débrancher le connecteur du caisson de basses de la carte mère afin d'éviter les décharges électriques. Cette étape est facultative.
  • À titre de précaution, nous vous conseillons de débrancher le connecteur du caisson de basses de la carte mère afin d'éviter les décharges électriques. Cette étape est facultative.

  • Retirez le rembourrage qui peut se trouver au-dessus et débranchez doucement le connecteur de sa prise sur la carte mère.

During this step, I accidentally ripped out the whole subwoofer connector from the logic board.. I tried taping it back with scotch tape, but it didn't work - my right speaker and subwoofer don't work anymore.. what are my options? Solder it back on?

Archdelux - Réponse

It is not necessary to remove the camera cable connector (step 5) or the camera cable connector (step 10). Simply push the camera cable gently aside to remove one of the three screws securing the optical drive (step 11). Gently wiggle the optical drive from under the camera cable connector and go to step 12. Less chance of ruining your motherboard!

tomhart - Réponse

It does indeed come out of the connector, but the picture makes it hard to see how; the connector it goes into sits on top of the board—however, I, too, ripped mine off the board trying to remove it; I only got it out of the clip after I tore it off. SIMPLY DONT; it's unnecessary. I plan to solder it back if one of my Robotics club friends lets me borrow a soldering iron.

Rachel - Réponse

I avoided disconnecting the camera cable. If you are careful, it's not needed. I've taken tons of PC's apart and its 1 million times more complicated than a mid 2010 MBP! I've had my MBP for 5 years and I'm now upgrading memory, adding a SSD for OS and 750gb in the optical drive for storage. My computer has just started getting slower. This couldn't be any easier to do!

amp1069 - Réponse

Same problem: The speaker/subwoofer connector was removed, and now it can’t be connected again. Probably has to be soldered, but the points are so tiny that this seems hardly possible. Result: No more bass and right speaker. Avoid.

Michael - Réponse

Same story, on the picture the person broke it… You can see the naked soldering pads… This is wrong! Anf if you think glue or tape should fix it, you should not be attempting this!

Albert - Réponse

Il est nécessaire de déplacer le petit clip de fixation du câble en plastique transparent (encadré en rouge) collé sur la carte mère de sorte qu'il ne vous gêne pas pour débrancher le câble vidéo. Lorsque vous l'écartez du connecteur du câble vidéo, faites attention à ne casser aucun des composants de la carte.
  • Il est nécessaire de déplacer le petit clip de fixation du câble en plastique transparent (encadré en rouge) collé sur la carte mère de sorte qu'il ne vous gêne pas pour débrancher le câble vidéo. Lorsque vous l'écartez du connecteur du câble vidéo, faites attention à ne casser aucun des composants de la carte.

  • Tirez le connecteur du câble vidéo vers le lecteur optique pour le débrancher de la carte mère.

  • Cette prise est en métal et plie facilement. Veillez à aligner le connecteur par rapport à sa prise sur la carte mère avant d'accoupler les deux pièces.

I just completed this replacement and there is no need to do this step, you can work around this cable pretty easily. Obviously you need to be careful "dancing" around it. But it's perfectly feasible and you don't risk to break stuff disconnecting it.

Massimo C - Réponse

I messed around with my MBP some years ago and everything was fine. When I opened it yesterday that plastic retainer was glued *above* the camera cable and wasn't very sticky anymore.

On a whim I decided to not put it back in. Now there's now Wifi anymore (did all the hardware reset things, nothing). Can that small plastic thing have to do anything with the wifi?

Thanks for you help!

Nick Names - Réponse

Well, I put that plastic thing back in, still no Wifi (would have really surprised me ^__^).

Nick Names -

I'm having a similar problem where I think I messed something with this step and now my computer is REALLY slow and I cant get any wifi. Heres my story.

I am going to put a SSD in place of my HDD so I also took the optical drive out of my mac to reduce the weight. If this matters I also changed the fan because that was broken. I'm wondering what the problem could be. One thing im confused by in the guide was step 5. Am I supposed to remove that connector? If so how do I do that? I may have wiggled that a little trying to take it out.

My computer will boot up very slowly but the mouse and keystrokles lag by about 4-5 seconds. The computer won't connect to wifi. The battery symbol has an "x" inside the battery so I keep in plugged in. It also has my apps in the dock and my name in the upper right hand corner.

Any ideas what is wrong? If something is wrong how do I clone my old data onto my new hard drive? If you have any questions about my situation ill gladly answer them.

Billy Walsh - Réponse

HDD in DVD slot with caddy works, but seems VERY slow, logically i assume step 5 , is HIGH risk critical, and now I must try undo everything , cos I spent a lot of time in step 5 and probably kill my mac

Roman Nicolaevich - Réponse

This is the stage (5) that concerns me with my lack of wifi and Bluetooth. I enlarged the iPad screen to max so I could view the clear plastic cable retainer. Leaving the screen on max I missed the part that said,"pull the camer cable connector towards the Optical drive to disconnect from the logic board" makes me wonder if that caused the problem,as I lifted it away from the logic board? Any I found it very difficult to align the connector with its socket. Any thoughts please.

Peter Mayo - Réponse

Which of the four ribbon connectors relates or controls the WiFi Bluetooth and Camera ?

Peter Mayo - Réponse

À l'aide de l'extrémité plate d'un spudger, faites levier sur le connecteur du lecteur optique pour le débrancher de la carte mère.
  • À l'aide de l'extrémité plate d'un spudger, faites levier sur le connecteur du lecteur optique pour le débrancher de la carte mère.

I did on my 15" MBP (putting a SSD) without any problem

but I did it on this very model 13" on a friend MBP

and it seems the optical drive cable is dead (both drives works connected elsewhere ) the only other part i was not able to test separately is the data doubler from OWC that allows to fit a SSF in place of the optical drive.

Do anybody experience this ?

The optical drive cable shows no sign of tearing i unplugged it very carefully

BUT once disconnected during the optical drive extraction from its original location the cable might have touch the logical board (not sure just guessing)

Any clues welcome !!

Chewbee - Réponse

À l'aide de l'extrémité plate d'un spudger, faites levier sur le connecteur du disque dur pour le débrancher de la carte mère.
  • À l'aide de l'extrémité plate d'un spudger, faites levier sur le connecteur du disque dur pour le débrancher de la carte mère.

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Retirez les vis suivantes par lesquelles le caisson de basses est fixé au boîtier supérieur :
  • Retirez les vis suivantes par lesquelles le caisson de basses est fixé au boîtier supérieur :

    • Une vis Phillips 3,8 mm.

    • Une vis Phillips 5 mm.

On my computer, the 3.8 mm screw was near the midpoint of the subwoofer (left-to-right in the photo) and near the bottom. The 5 mm screw was top right of the subwoofer.

BobG - Réponse

Ne retirez pas complètement le caisson de basses, car il est toujours raccordé au haut-parleur droit. Soulevez le caisson de basses du lecteur optique et posez-le au-dessus de l'ordinateur.
  • Ne retirez pas complètement le caisson de basses, car il est toujours raccordé au haut-parleur droit.

  • Soulevez le caisson de basses du lecteur optique et posez-le au-dessus de l'ordinateur.

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Retirez les deux vis Phillips 10 mm par lesquelles le support du câble vidéo est fixé au boîtier supérieur. La vis la plus à gauche peut rester captive dans le câble vidéo.
  • Retirez les deux vis Phillips 10 mm par lesquelles le support du câble vidéo est fixé au boîtier supérieur.

  • La vis la plus à gauche peut rester captive dans le câble vidéo.

  • Soulevez le support du câble vidéo hors du boîtier supérieur.

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Retirez les trois vis Phillips 2,5 mm par lesquelles le lecteur optique est fixé au boîtier supérieur. Soulevez le lecteur optique par le côté droit et sortez-le de l'ordinateur.
  • Retirez les trois vis Phillips 2,5 mm par lesquelles le lecteur optique est fixé au boîtier supérieur.

  • Soulevez le lecteur optique par le côté droit et sortez-le de l'ordinateur.

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Débranchez le connecteur du câble du lecteur optique de celui-ci.
  • Débranchez le connecteur du câble du lecteur optique de celui-ci.

  • Ce connecteur est particulièrement long. Pour le débrancher du lecteur, veillez à tirer au centre du connecteur.

  • Si un CD ou tout autre objet est coincé dans votre lecteur, utilisez notre guide de réparation pour lecteur optique.

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Retirez les deux vis noires Phillips #0 qui sécurisent la petite attache métallique. Transférez cette attache sur votre nouveau lecteur optique ou SSD.
  • Retirez les deux vis noires Phillips #0 qui sécurisent la petite attache métallique. Transférez cette attache sur votre nouveau lecteur optique ou SSD.

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Conclusion

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I removed my optical drive without disconnecting the hard drive or anything else. I just unplugged the optical drive from the board, unscrewed the speaker, and very slowly removed the drive after taking out the three screws holding it in place. I was discouraged at first to remove my optical drive because it looked a little too tricky for me from the directions, but it was actually quite easy! I'm going to be interested to see if pulling the optical drive results in any noticeable improvement in battery performance on my 13" 2.4GHz MBP! I doubt it haha

T Buckle - Réponse

I skipped down to the step with 3 screws holding the optical drive, removed them, gently pried out the optical cable, and slid out the optical drive (at a slight 10 degree angle)!! Thank you!

Ary Safian - Réponse

Be careful on step 4. Even a slight tug and the entire socket came away from the motherboard - it's going to take some tricky soldering to fix. Probably best to skip that step , I don't see how it can be done without damage.

karlobrien - Réponse

So, how do I get the CD that’s stuck in it out?? Don’t care about the drive, just want that CD!

Thanks!

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