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H AND J Calculating status...
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Aug 16, 2012 3:21 AM

I recently got an Apple Pro keyboard (USB/Graphite).

I am in the process of tearing down the keyboard to clean it, especially the underside/bottom.

I have removed the four (4) screws from the back, the two (2) screws holding the USB cable @ the top front of the keyboard, the two (2) screws under the actual keys removed (left shift & numeral six [6] from the right keypad) and the one (1) screw under the label on the top back side.

 

I am missing a screw to remove? Is there a screw under the Apple logo on the back?

Pro Keyboard: M7803, Mac OS X (10.4.6), Tear down, clean
  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,585 points)
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    Aug 16, 2012 9:15 AM (in response to H AND J)

    This article I googled up:

     

    http://gigaom.com/apple/apple-pro-keyboard-repair/

     

    says there is one extra screw under the Apple sticker near the cord. You must either poke a hole in the sticker or remove it for access.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,585 points)
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    Aug 16, 2012 1:50 PM (in response to H AND J)

    Please do the google thing. There are a number of articles on the subject but it's hard to sort through all of them to figure out which apply to the M7803. One link was clearly marked as the 7803 but the site was 404.

     

    Try search by "Apple USB keyboard repair" or "Apple USB keyboard takeapart" if search for "M7803 takeapart" doesn't work.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,585 points)
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    Aug 16, 2012 6:47 PM (in response to H AND J)

    Maybe Apple has a PDF of said keyboard?

     

    Never seen one. They don't want people opening the merchandise.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,585 points)
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    Aug 16, 2012 8:32 PM (in response to H AND J)

    Hey! I found it on an old computer in the guest room. It's teh same one linked to Niagra College but with a slightly different URL:

     

    http://technology.niagarac.on.ca/staff/bgracey/prokeyboardrepair.html#toc

     

    This is for the M7803

  • Jeff Level 6 Level 6 (11,160 points)
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    Aug 16, 2012 9:26 PM (in response to H AND J)

    The biggest headache with separating the top and bottom plastics is unsnapping the catches (tabs and slots) along the bottom leading edge of the keyboard.  Apple's industrial designers went overboard incorporating invisible fasteners on its computer hardware.  When the product is new, the plastics have greater flexibility for unsnapping, but after aging, the brittle nature of plastics becomes apparent.  I partially separated a used Pro keyboard I bought, but didn't want to take the chance of breaking those catches.  With the bottom housing tilted open as far as it would go, I slipped in a piece of cardboard wrapped with masking tape, to catch the pet hair that had gotten inside it.  What was left was blown out with compressed air.  The cleaning job wasn't as complete as I would have preferred, but I didn't want a loose joint from broken catches.  Why couldn't they have used (3) mini-screws along the bottom edge, to tightly secure it together?  Beyond that, it's a nice-looking keyboard.  I've got four of them - two with the black keys, one with white keys, and one with ivory/light tan keys. 

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,585 points)
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    Aug 17, 2012 6:06 PM (in response to H AND J)

    Nice job! Thanks!

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