Procedure

1. Place the top case (keyboard side down) on a clean surface.

Replacement Note: The folds in the trackpad cable and the areas that adhere to the top case should match the computer you are servicing; however, the cable on your computer might be slightly shorter.

2. Use a black stick to start to peel up the clear strip of tape.

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  1. Hold the trackpad cable in place as you peel up—but do not remove—the tape.
  2. Hold the trackpad cable in place as you peel up—but do not remove—the tape.
4. Peel up the mylar shield that protects the trackpad circuitry.
Note: The shape of the mylar shield may differ slightly. This one includes a squared-off tab:

5. Caution: The trackpad cable locking lever at the top of the connector is fragile. Use a black stick to carefully tilt up the lever until it is vertical (as shown by the detailed image on right). Replacement Note: When locking the trackpad cable lever, make sure it is completely closed, as shown by the detailed image on left below.

  1. With the cable locking lever open, pull the cable down to remove it from the connector.
  2. Carefully peel up the trackpad cable from where it adheres to the underside of the top case.

8. Install the replacement trackpad cable, and reassemble and test the computer.

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