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MacBook Pro 15" (A1286)

Submitted By: powerbookmedic
Approved On: 9/18/09
Description: This is an official Powerbookmedic.com take-apart manual for the 15" MacBook Pro Unibody with model number A1286. Be careful not to get this confused with the older non-Unibody model.

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Comments (108):

5 months ago
Nice video showing how to open up case, upgrade memory and remove/replace SuperDrive. Easy enough but after doing so, system showing "Bluetooth not available" and "Airport Card not installed" Had some difficulty reconnecting the long cable to the logic board as to alignment. Might this be the problem if cable connection not fully seated? Now have 8gb in this early 2009 15" MBP A1286 but no Airport.
Mike R
5 months ago
I have scratches on the top aluminum cover of my mac pro. What to do?
9 months ago
There is no latch on the unibody MacBook Pro 8,2 A1286 early 2011 (See EveryMac.com and iFixIt.com MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 Battery Replacement
Powerbook Medic
11 months ago
Our guide is just showing how to do a complete disassembly, so if you are confident you can remove the superdrive earlier than we show, that is perfectly fine.
Theresa Preston
11 months ago
Do you have to remove the speaker assemble to replace the superdrive? It doesn't look like it's necessary to remove that just to replace the superdrive.
Powerbook Medic
1 year ago
@Phil - you may have to remove the logic board on some models. For those screws, we only sell complete screw sets. It should be in the part list to the right.
1 year ago
Wish you had a video for removal/reinstall of trackpad for this model of MacBook Pro. Do I have to remove the logic board? Striped the head of a Phillips screw while trying to remove SuperDrive. Do you sell spare screws?
1 year ago
I wish you guys had a video showing how to replace a clutch cover
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