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    May 04, 2014
    Exclamation URGENT Question: Can I use an A1181 Macbook keyboard for the A1342 Macbook?
    Hello! I am looking to replace an A1342 Macbook keyboard that was water damaged. However, I won't be replacing the whole palmrest/keyboard/top cover unit, I am looking to only remove and replace the keyboard. Although unconventional, it will be cheaper. This guy did it successfully as well: rbonateunibodyandspotlightdisplayproblem

    Anyway, I am searching around for compatible replacements for the A1342, but all I'm finding at good prices currently are either Macbook Pro keyboards (A1278, A1286, A1297), or the non-Pro, Macbook A1181 keyboards.

    I've heard the Macbook Pro backlit keyboards will not work (is that in itself true?). But will the non-backlit, non-Pro, A1181 keyboards work for the A1342?
    This question is somewhat time sensitive as I'll need to order the keyboard soon, especially if I'm ordering it from China.

    Thank you all for your help. God bless you guys!

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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    Good luck as quite often water seeps through into the logic board, causes corrosion and failure. Think you will need the precise model keyboard alas. This link may help but the problem will be what happens after you spend your money and install the keyboard?
    Last edited by harryb2448; 05-05-2014 at 12:00 AM.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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