The $39 Solution to a Fried MacBook Air Keyboard

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arashjacob

Ever thought about writing comedy? Your writing style is fresh, sassy and functional. Well done.

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Michael Simon

appreciate the kind words.
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rontaube

My G3 Ibook a few years ago needed a new combo drive. It would have cost 200 $ Plus to get one. I bought one off of ebay for 59 $ and used Ifixit info to install it knowing nothing about what I was doing. It took six hours to take it apart with all the little screws you are talking about. I put in the drive then was just about done three times before I found that I left something out. I was proud to have only one screw left over that I had no idea where it went. After this scary experience I took it apart a few months later to put in a new hard drive and did it again for a friends Ibook. It was an education. I loved your story and wish maclife would do more like this.

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pemarsh

Did you really not tell the genius that you spilled coffee on it hoping to get it repaired?

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Michael Simon

I just told him that it didn't turn on. Figured it was worth a shot.
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lts

I spilled a cup of coffee on my MBPro a month before the warranty ran out. Apple wanted almost $1200 for the repair. A local independent Mac store (MacOutlet in Denver) approached the task as you did: taking the machine apart and inspecting the innards. They ended up replacing only the keyboard and trackpad, charging me about $200 all told. Their turnaround time was quite a bit longer than the Apple Store's 2-3 days. I'm a teacher and I absolutely depend on my Mac in the classroom; MacOutlet gave me a nearly identical loaner--with my own hard drive installed. I was able to start the new school year with hardly a hitch.I've used my repaired MBPro for 14 months now, and the only remaining symptom is one somewhat unreliable USB port.

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SheDevil

That's the kind of shop I need. Unfortunately, it's difficult to know which are going to be like MacOutlet, and which are going to charge as much as the Apple store. The best way is referral. At $1,200, I could get a new laptop! If anyone knows a reliable shop in Toronto, I'd love to hear about it. I really don't think I'm ready to try fixing it myself.

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Michael Simon

independent shops are great, but sadly i don't know of any here in Providence, R.I. Perhaps I should open one. :O)
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jdlmartin

Love the article, good job

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dickbarsky

with my wife. This article makes me look like a neurosurgeon. Thanks, Michael, now I have something to hold up to my wife and say "See, babe, I'm not a complete doofus, after all. There are other worse than me!" I'll look better in her eyes and we'll increase certain couple's only activities.

At, least, I hope so.

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Michael Simon

good luck with that. :0) 

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ilikeimac

Well done Michael!

One of my proudest moments was repairing my Bondi Blue iMac's keyboard using only screwdrivers and an Xacto knife. (The keyboard had nearly 40 screws just on the bottom!) By drying out the insides and slicing into the ribbon cables where some of the traces had been fused by liquid stains, I got a doorstop of a keyboard to connect again and work for several more years.

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Michael Simon

well done yourself!

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