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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 (112):

Powerbook Medic
2 months ago
@Dan - all A1286 models are unibodies. The glass must be carefully removed to get to the LCD. It is highly recommended to send this in for repair if the glass is not broken as it is very tricky to remove your first time.
1 month ago
order # was 275181
Dan Middlebrooks
1 month ago
I have a mid 2010 1286 2.53 i5 but it is not unibody. How do I remove the LCD to replace it. I purchased from you but can't figure it out. other option is send my lcd and laptop to you.
Guy V.
2 months ago
I also have a damaged unibody (15") LCD back cover. Can I swap the whole cover assembly with screen with another earlier unibody 15"? To be clearer' I have two 15" unibody MacBook pros, one has a removable battery' the other does not. The newer one has the damaged case and a few dead pixels, I can use the older model MacBook with an external monitor and would like the better screen and case on the newer base/logic board' etc.
8 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
8 months ago
I have scratches on the top aluminum cover of my mac pro. What to do?
11 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
1 year 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.
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