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October 8th, 2009
We’ve been getting a lot of requests lately for a video showing how to replace the Macbook Air LCD and hinges. So, today we went ahead and released that guide.
The video is available both in this post and at the Macbook Air Repair Guide page.
This repair is difficult and requires the use of either a razor blade or sharp plastic. When performing this repair, proceed with caution!
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The repair procedure is relatively straight forward. The most difficult part of the process is removing the front bezel. The bezel is attached to the display with a double sided adhesive strip. This strip creates a very tight bond.
Route the cables through the hinges, and then realign and insert the plastic insert to hold the cable in place. Then screw in the two Torx T7 screws and the small philips head screw.
Repeat the procedure on the right hand side.
Insert the LCD into the frame by sliding it in from the top down. Then reattach the LVDS cable.
Next screw in the 4 philips head screws.
Align the rubber trim back into the display assembly. It will be a little loose until you put the bezel back on.
Now you can place the bezel back on. The adhesive strips that hold the bezel in place should still be in tact and will provide enough strength to hold the bezel in place. If they don’t, you can apply some thin double sided strips to the back of the bezel before reassembly.
Also note that during disassembly your bezel may get minor bends. Once reinstalled those bends should work out and not be noticeable. If you have any noticeable bends in the bezel, you can very gently bend those out with your hands before reassembly. Be very careful if you attempt this however as you could make any bends worse as well.
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