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Released October 2008 / 2.4, 2.53, 2.66, 2.8 or 2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor

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Broken Display Support Frame in Housing

The Laptop fell down. Now the Unibody display housing is partly detached (I guess it can be glued back again). However I can see that the "support frame", on which the housing is actually glued on, is broken on both sides approximately 1cm from the bottom (Its the grey shaded metal thingy a little farther outside than the LCD itself, that one can see in all the manuals about display repairs). This already lead to the braking of the front glass, since the display lacks stability now. The LCD itself is fine though.

Did anyone experience this before. Will a simple glueing of the unibody cover back onto the support frame supply enough stability?

If I plan to weld the frame to the unibody for better stability is there anything I have to take care of (cables inside etc.)?

If I buy a new display housing, does it come with the mentioned support frame?

I found different display housings for the type A1286. Not all are labelled compatible with the serial number mb470ll/a and the ones that are are out of stock. Is that actually important or does a 2011 housing fit for my late 2008 parts?

Best regards and thanks in advance


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Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 15" (Unibody) Specs

Identifiers: Late 2008 - MB470LL/A - MacBookPro5,1 - A1286 - 2255


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Glue will probably not hold - welding would require a major advanced DIY dissassembly. IMHO it would be better to replace the entire display assembly including case (many are sold that way). A less expensive alternative (but much more complicated) route would be to purchase a damaged (cracked) display case and swap your display for the broken/damaged one... all the model numbers much match.

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I had the same issue but the glass didn't break. I separated the assembly from the bottom keyboard/CPU part and then removed the LCD and Glass. Since the laptop was already out of warranty, I drilled a hole just below the frame crack on both sides all the way through the metal clamshell and used my dremel tool to cut/grind off the excess of the screws from the outside. Also, you need to make sure you use flat-head screws and countersink your holes slightly so the glass won't be pushed up by the screw-heads. I also drilled a hole on each side just below where the glass ends (the black rubberized area) all the way through the clamshell and ground off the screw ends (this was to give the repaired framework strength. Works great.

It is hard to find a clamshell framework-only online. Everyone wants to sell you the whole clamshell/LCD assembly and I didn't need anything but the clamshell and an unbroken frame. Sure, it's not perfect--but it works. Without the field engineering, I might as well buy a complete used MacBook Pro since the cost is about the same as the LCD assembly. Besides, I'm not a Mac-Tribesman who cares what the outside looks like. And frankly, the safety cover on it hides the ground off screws anyway.

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thanks dude. i'm going to give this a go tonight!


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This happened to me, screwing to the clamshell CAREFULLY is your best bet. I waited too long and then the other side (meaning both sides of the hinge) was broken off. Freaked me out.

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