PART III (Final)
I then took the liberty to skim the rest of the 61 step guide and decided it best to turn it over to a pro before I break it any worse. I told my horror story to the local mac repairman and he took pity on me and said he'd do it for only $90 bucks since I had already bought the panel.
He does it right in front of my eyes and like a boss is finished in under an hour. He then starts going off on some epic Steve Jobs rant and how Apple is now a sinking pirate ship, but then we turn it on and it starts BEEPING. Repairman say the chip is bad and pulls one out of his pocket (as if he already knew this was going to happen). So he replaces the chip and it magically works. I still can't help but think he was tricking me, but he only charged me an additional $25 so I didn't really care because I had my Mac back. Honestly, if he would have said it was $100, I probably would have paid it, I was that desperate. This is the LAST TIME I attempt to follow a 61 step DIY computer repair guide for sure!!!
I decided to go with a "reputable" seller and bought Screen #2 from PowerBookMedic and it cost me 3x more than what Mr. Wu was charging, but hey, it was the right panel.
So I start removing screws and stop at step 11 when I see the BIG ! symbol. I took extra care to ensure that I didn't damage that cable, but the left side of the keyboard (not the DVD side) got stuck on some little metal thing. So I'm poking and probing at it with a guitar pick and all of the sudden, the case comes flying off and I ripped the !@#$ keyboard cable... And now I clearly saw where this was going.
To say that this job is "Difficult" is an understatement. What I went through was nothing short of a NIGHTMARE. If it wasn't for this guide, I would have bricked my Mac to the point of no return.
First off, I'd like to plug ScreenAid, a 5-star distributor with rave reviews (sarcasm) in Brooklyn, run by Mr. Hangfeng Wu. I bought "Screen #1" from them and they sent me an LED SCREEN with a completely different part number. they made me chase them through the fires of !@#$ just to return it. The first time I called, they answered, but after establishing that I wanted a refund, they pretended to not speak English and hung up on me. I think they programmed my number because they never answered the again. When I reached them through email, they wanted me to send pictures, pay for return shipping and charge me a restocking fee, even though it's CLEARLY their mistake. I wish I would have Googled them before ordering because their reviews are atrocious.