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I'm helping my friend repair her Mac's screen. She has a MacBook Pro 15" Model A1286. Where can I find a legit screen? I thought screens were going for like 80 bucks but I just looked on ebay and the screens for her laptop are now 300 bucks?

Any good site I should buy from?

Thank you, any help is greatly appreciated.

EDIT: Anyone know if this will work?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MacBook-Pro-Unibody-A1286-Display-LCD-Screen-LCD-Screen-Great-Condition-/171082589378?pt=US_Laptop_Screens_LCD_Panels&hash=item27d55124c2

If so, does that screen come with the aluminum back panel? And if not, can I just put the screen into the old back panel? I'm planing on just watching this video:
Edited by xdanisx - 9/24/13 at 7:59pm
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If the ebay seller says its compatible with her model, then it SHOULD be. I've never been screwed on ebay, so I'd have no problem trusting them.

 

Have you ever taken a mac apart? Let alone a macbook? LET ALONE A MACBOOK PRO??!!

 

I spent a year taking apart macbooks with thick bezels from like 2005....that wasn't easy and you sometimes damaged the laptop further (sometimes to a non-repairable level) while trying to do something simple like a screen repair. Macbooks are'nt meant to be dis/re-assembled.

I've dealt with macbooks....I wouldn't touch it....you really do risk damaging it further.

 

Just to make sure you know what your getting yourself into : have you watched the full length of a how-to video on repairing these? Also, notice how there aren't any screws on the bezel? This isn't like building a desktop.

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@ OP... may the odds be ever in your favour... I tried fixing an ex-gf's macbook... afterwards I ended up having to buy her a new macbook... doh.gif
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I have watched videos and it all seems pretty easy tbh. I've fixed my laptop's power board before and I do a lot of stuff with my hands.

Now, the problem with her laptop is just that the lcd panel is cracked and mesed up. The back aluminum panel is fine, hinges are fine. The only problem is the screen itself. Now, if I buy this part:
http://www.powerbookmedic.com/15-Inch-MacBook-Unibody-Display-LCD-Screen-NEW-p-17295.html

I'm assuming that does not come with the black aluminum back, it is just the screen. Is it correct that all I'll need to do is attach the screen to the back panel and then attach all that to the computer? Just making sure, I don't want to mess anything up.
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I have watched videos and it all seems pretty easy tbh. I've fixed my laptop's power board before and I do a lot of stuff with my hands.

Now, the problem with her laptop is just that the lcd panel is cracked and mesed up. The back aluminum panel is fine, hinges are fine. The only problem is the screen itself. Now, if I buy this part:
http://www.powerbookmedic.com/15-Inch-MacBook-Unibody-Display-LCD-Screen-NEW-p-17295.html

I'm assuming that does not come with the black aluminum back, it is just the screen. Is it correct that all I'll need to do is attach the screen to the back panel and then attach all that to the computer? Just making sure, I don't want to mess anything up.

 

It looks like there is a metal frame with 6 screw holes on that screen. Look at the enlarged picture closely. Whether or not that's the "aluminum back" you speak of, I don't know.

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