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uicandrew
Jan 28, 2009, 02:55 PM
My new week old unibody macbook hinge is so tight that when i open it, the rest of the macbook slides back a bit.

I have seen radtech's glide kit to adjust the tightness of the hinge of the old macbooks and powerbooks but nothing has been mentioned of the unibody.

my macbook is cosmetically and pixel-wise perfect so i'm reluctant to bring it to an apple store (which is already 3+ hours away from me) to get it "fixed"

anyone else here with the same problem?

(i've already searched these forums for "hinge" and people have talked about the hinge being too loose, but not too tight)



VSMacOne
Jan 28, 2009, 03:07 PM
I don't really see how this is a PROBLEM...

uicandrew
Jan 28, 2009, 03:15 PM
My main concern with this is undue wear and tear that would cause premature and irreversible damage.

the reason why i bought it (despite having a cheap hackintosh MSI Wind for $300) is that the unibody is inherently more sturdy. i want this macbook to last for a while.

I view this as being similar to "stripped screws" in the sense that, yes, it IS more secure ...... for now. but in the future, it would lead to problems.

in the words of "Seinfeld," Serenity now!..... Insanity later.

diazj3
Jan 28, 2009, 03:18 PM
actually, this is a good thing. When it first came out, lots of users complained about the hinge being too weak, thus not being able to maintain the screen's position when used vertically (eg. while lying down in a sofa). See this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pQQWB3uZIs) and this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmN9p9z3KgA).

I hope this tighter hinge solves that problem...

NewMacbookPlz
Jan 28, 2009, 03:20 PM
It's normal.

I'd rather have it too tight than too loose, personally.

kastenbrust
Jan 28, 2009, 03:24 PM
Believe me when i say your incredibly lucky, whatever you do dont take it to an Apple store and ask them to loosen it.

uicandrew
Jan 28, 2009, 03:40 PM
regarding the macbook pro video that diazj3 posted of appleinsider

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmN9p9z3KgA

I can't close or open the lid by one hand without having the whole notebook move.

it i hold it vertically, the lid doesn't move, but I use my laptop on a table, not on my lap.

my old 17" mbp actually had a loose hinge where it would fall when held vertically.

I still view it as a problem (if the macbook stayed still when opening and closing, it wouldn't be a problem)

I guess I got the bowl of porridge that is too cool instead of too hot. i'm waiting to see if i can get it just right.

hamzab
Jan 28, 2009, 03:48 PM
regarding the macbook pro video that diazj3 posted of appleinsider

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmN9p9z3KgA

I can't close or open the lid by one hand without having the whole notebook move.

it i hold it vertically, the lid doesn't move, but I use my laptop on a table, not on my lap.

my old 17" mbp actually had a loose hinge where it would fall when held vertically.

I still view it as a problem (if the macbook stayed still when opening and closing, it wouldn't be a problem)

I guess I got the bowl of porridge that is too cool instead of too hot. i'm waiting to see if i can get it just right.

Mate Id rather the hinge be tight then it just fall

My Blackbook is so loose that it simply falls when lifting it and then leaning it towards you. Hopefully Apple will repair problem

VSMacOne
Jan 28, 2009, 03:51 PM
regarding the macbook pro video that diazj3 posted of appleinsider

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmN9p9z3KgA

I can't close or open the lid by one hand without having the whole notebook move.

it i hold it vertically, the lid doesn't move, but I use my laptop on a table, not on my lap.

my old 17" mbp actually had a loose hinge where it would fall when held vertically.

I still view it as a problem (if the macbook stayed still when opening and closing, it wouldn't be a problem)

I guess I got the bowl of porridge that is too cool instead of too hot. i'm waiting to see if i can get it just right.

It'll loosen up in time...