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Old Nov 4, 2012, 11:36 AM   #1
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Black hinge uneven?

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My dad just got his first MBA yesterday and noticed that the black hinge (seen from the back when lid closed) is slightly uneven. We compared it to mine, which also had it. Is it normal or should we be worried? It is only in the left side there is a gap. The right side is all right and align.
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 12:00 PM   #2
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I don't see anything uneven from that picture.
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 12:20 PM   #3
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You don't notice a small (very small, you might have to zoom) gap between the black hinge and the silver-body? It just seems slightly off-centered
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 12:33 PM   #4
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Okay, it's actually pretty hard to take a picture, but what about this one - more clear?

I know I might be OCD'ing, but just wanted to know if its normal
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 12:34 PM   #5
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it looks the same as mine....
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 12:35 PM   #6
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Ummm? That's totally normal.
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 12:37 PM   #7
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It's totally wrecked man, better send it to me as a write-off.
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 12:42 PM   #8
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Thanks guys, good to know!

Awesome upload-feature on this mobile version of Macrumors btw!

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It's totally wrecked man, better send it to me as a write-off.
Bummer! You got it man!
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 01:54 PM   #9
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You don't notice a small (very small, you might have to zoom) gap between the black hinge and the silver-body? It just seems slightly off-centered

Zoomed it. Still can't see.

Even if so, that's not a critical area. The black thing is just the cover, what matters is what goes on underneath. If it feels smooth (like mine ) then is doing its job and stop obsessing.

When you come to more$$$, buy a convertible and leave it parked top-down and walk away (with the alarm on). Try it. Really liberating.
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 02:39 PM   #10
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The cluch cover can slide (that's how you remove it) - so you should actually be able to slide it into the middle if it bothers you :P
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 03:05 PM   #11
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It looks fine to me! If it works properly and doesn't make any noise when you open/close it, don't worry.
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 04:52 PM   #12
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My black hinge can slide back and forth about 2mm if i slide it. So it's defs fine
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 05:42 PM   #13
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Haven't tried sliding it, but that would explain the off-centered!

The lid is aligned with the body so no unevenness, and no cracking/noisy sounds when opening/closing lid.

Thanks for clearing it up guys! Good to know it's normal and that you've all seen it before
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 06:32 PM   #14
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 10:00 PM   #15
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Does the lid overhang to one side? If not, maybe they adjusted it so that it lines up. There are tolerances for both the top and lower half of the laptop, so they leave adjusting in so the top and bottoms can line up.

If it does overhang take it in and they'll fix it.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 02:08 AM   #16
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Does the lid overhang to one side? If not, maybe they adjusted it so that it lines up. There are tolerances for both the top and lower half of the laptop, so they leave adjusting in so the top and bottoms can line up.

If it does overhang take it in and they'll fix it.
Overhang? Not sure what you mean, but the lid is perfectly align with the body
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 11:38 PM   #17
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Overhang? Not sure what you mean, but the lid is perfectly align with the body
As in one part (top or bottom) stick out more on one side. If it is in line with your body then the original issue is likely just a result of calibration.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 06:01 PM   #18
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As in one part (top or bottom) stick out more on one side. If it is in line with your body then the original issue is likely just a result of calibration.
Haven't really noticed that, so I guess it's fine The screen is perfectly in line with the bottom body
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 05:33 AM   #19
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As in one part (top or bottom) stick out more on one side. If it is in line with your body then the original issue is likely just a result of calibration.
My lid does show some overhang on the left side, this irritates me. Does anyone know if it is possible to realign this yourself?
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 10:49 AM   #20
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My lid does show some overhang on the left side, this irritates me. Does anyone know if it is possible to realign this yourself?
Yes, use a pentalobe screwdriver (ebay or amazon for ~$4). CAREFULLY remove the bottom screws. Once you get inside there are 3 6-pointed star screws that hold each hinge on. Loosen them with the correct size screwdriver, allign screen, then tighten them.

Once its aligned how you want it place the metal cover back on the bottom, then CAREFULLY reinstall pentalobe screws. Get them all threaded properly before tightening any of them.

Pentalobe screws will strip if you look at them wrong so be very careful. If in doubt a genius should be able to do it in 10 minutes or so at the apple store.
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