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    Replacing white MacBook shell with black MacBook shell.
    Hello.

    I have a February 2008 white MacBook which I ordered from the Apple UK online store. At the time I wanted (and could only afford) the white MacBook. Now I am interested in purchasing the shell parts from a black MacBook.

    I would then disassemble my MacBook using iFixit guides and reassemble it with the black parts. I am here to ask which parts I will need, where to get them online for reasonable prices, and what revisions of MacBooks have compatible case parts for my MacBook.

    I am not interested in any suggestions of alternatives such as protective cases, I have already considered that. I already know some of the parts that will need replacing:

    * Front bezel.
    * Rear bezel (lid casing.)
    * Upper casing (keyboard assembly.)
    * Lower casing.
    * Battery.
    * Clutch cover.
    * Right and left hinge covers. (Bezel scoops.)
    * Rear vent.

    Is there anything that I'm missing? Thanks in advance I hope.

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    Macbook White 2.16GHz 2Gb OS X 10.5, 16Gb iPhone 3G Black
    thats a really good idea! i dont know anything about where to get the parts from, but if you do come up with a place, then please post the details on here! id be really interested to look into it too!

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    lukenn77's Avatar
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    ok, quick google search and i found this....
    http://www.thebookyard.com/parts_mac...026809d5e65eab

    i dont know if you're form the UK, but if not im sure there's an equivilent US website around.
    looking at the prices, it gonna be a fairly expensive job!

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    Yeah, I'm in the UK. I've seen that site and they don't appear to have all the stuff I need. My main question is whether the parts differ between different MacBook revisions. I would think that only the electronics would change, but the casing would be the same.

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    lukenn77's Avatar
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    yeah im fairly certain the dimensions and casing etc are all the same.

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    Thanks. Does anybody know what the grille-like part is in the following picture:



    I can't tell where it is on the MacBook. If it's visible I'll need to get a black replacement for it too.

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    That Grille is under the hinge it tucks under the top(keyboard casing) where it dips down to meet the bottom casing.

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    Thanks! Is its purpose to allow for air flow? What is the part called?

    EDIT: It seems that is the rear vent. Does anybody know where I can get these supplies. I believe I can get most of them between www.thebookyard.com and www.macrecycling.com

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    This seems like its going to be really expensive...

    Revision wise, there were two different keyboards... Everything else Im pretty sure stayed the same

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