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    Unhappy Black Top Case
    The top case on my black first generation Macbook has a small crack in it. The crack is located along the left side beside the keyboard and above all the ports. I could hear something rattling around inside so I took the top case apart. I've done this before with a friends when she spilt something inside. Just to make sure I printed off step by step instruction guide. Everything went fine until I was reconnecting the ribbon cable. My cat jumped on the table caused my hand to twitch and break 4 metal pins out of the ribbon connector. I tried reassembling the top case with the connectors loose but barely making contact. Now only the power button works. I was really upset to learn that I probably could have got the top case warrantied by Apple had I no touched it and broke it. So now I assume I'm on my own to buy a top case. Is the ribbon connector for sale anywhere separately? If I buy a top case, does it have to be the same "rev. a" keyboard layout? Or is there any chance that apple will replace the top case anyways because wether I damaged the ribbon or not, the top case is still cracked and would have eventually allowed something to fall inside and damage the computer anyways?
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    Black Top Case
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    I don't think I've ever seen anyone sell the ribbon cable to the MB top case alone.
    Not even sure if you can even detach the cable from the top case.

    That said, iFixit has the Black MacBook top case for $149.95 USD:
    MacBook Upper Case with Keyboard (Black) (922-7886, 922-7601, 922-8126) - iFixit

    Hmm.. this one is the Santa Rosa/Penryn MacBook top case, different Fn keys than the one above:
    MacBook Santa Rosa/Penryn Upper Case with Keyboard (922-8264, 922-8265) - iFixit
    $179.95 USD for the Black top case, "Stock-A," whatever that means.

    The "rev. a" keyboard layout is the one with the media controls in the Fn keys yes? If so you'll have to go with the one that costs $179.95 USD.

    As for getting Apple to fix it, you can ask, though they would likely charge you a pretty penny.

    MB | Mid-2007 | 13-inch | 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo | 2GB DDR2 | 120GB HDD | GMA 950 | White
    MBP | Late-2008 | 15-inch | 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo | 4GB DDR3 | 250GB HDD | 9400M + 9600M GT w/ 256MB GDDR3 | Unibody

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    I've seen on ebay some for like $45-75 plus shipping. My Macbook is the one with the apple logo on the two keys at the end of the space bar. Also the volume controls are on the left side beside the brightness keys. there are no media keys.
    Mac Mini (Late 2009) 2.53GHz C2D, 4GB Ram, 320GB HDD
    Macbook (Original-Black) 2GHz CD, 2GB Ram, 320GB HDD

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    Ah, your keyboard is like my MB then, no media keys, then the first link in my last post should be the one you want.

    Though if you can find it on eBay for less, go for it.

    MB | Mid-2007 | 13-inch | 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo | 2GB DDR2 | 120GB HDD | GMA 950 | White
    MBP | Late-2008 | 15-inch | 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo | 4GB DDR3 | 250GB HDD | 9400M + 9600M GT w/ 256MB GDDR3 | Unibody

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    I would recommend taking it into apple if it's still covered by your Apple Care or warranty. Just see what they say. You can always say no if they are going to charge you some money. I took my macbook in two days ago because the backlight kept flikering on and off. They said they would replace the inverter and the cable for free. I got a call today and said that they had noticed that there was a crack on the top case as well as the Display Bezel which they replaced for free.

    I'm not sure if this is usual but I know that the workers at my Apple store are very friendly and helpful. Give it a try!

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