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Install newer media keyboard on an older Macbook Pro
Authored by: zpjet on May 09, '09 06:19:28AM

with macbook, top cases are quite compatible (tried only once tho but my colleague tried more) and a usb chip is inside them so it will get recognised by the system correctly.

macbook pro has quite expensive top case and some models are not compatible at all (the oldest mbp had bluetooth inside the case, not on the top case as newer models). so there would be two ways:

replace only the keyboard. i tried and thought i will be happy with it but then i found out this key "]" works as caps lock. there should be again sw way to fix it but i got tired, installed the original keyboard and tried another way, which i would recommend to all, not only because the new keyboard has a few tabs on sides which doesn't exactly fit:

find on ebay a damaged keyboard and carefully replace only the media keys, then apply this sw mod.

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Install newer media keyboard on an older Macbook Pro
Authored by: limbikity on May 17, '10 08:36:06PM

well after reading this post, i went on ebay and (VERY luckily) purchased a Penryn top case for only $50. a search for the same item now can be found upwards of $150.

i only just recently got around to installing the top case, mostly because i didn't want to void my warranty. but today i installed it anyways, mainly because i trust my technical skills enough to replace it with the old one again should anything need to be repaired in the future. it should be noted that i did have move the bluetooth radio module from the old top case to the new one, but no further modification was necessary -- the radio module fit right in on the new top case.

followed the instructions to replace it (found on iFixIt) and turned the MBP on. keyboard and top case were immediately recognized, and media keys (and other function keys on the top row) all functioned as expected. marvelous. however while using the system over the next few hours, i noticed that i all of a sudden had pinch and zoom functionality on the new trackpad! a quick trip to the trackpad preference pane confirmed this, showing all of the multitouch gestures and their options!

whoopee! this is fantastic news, unexpected and welcomed!

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