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Old Dec 8, 2010, 01:14 PM   #1
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All these creaking threads...

And I even started one myself.

I really wan't to know if there are anyone out there who can swear that their new MBA (13") doesn't creak AT ALL? I mean some ppl says that their MBA dosen't say anything at all! Is that really true? Or is it just because you (owners of non-creaking MBA) don't notice or is it because you don't think it is a problem?


I would also like to hear if any of you have made the creaking go away (for good) by tighten the buttomplate?

I'm waiting for my 2 replacement...

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Old Dec 8, 2010, 01:17 PM   #2
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Either I'm deaf or my MBA does not creak
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 01:21 PM   #3
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And I even started one myself.

I really wan't to know if there are anyone out there who can swear that their new MBA (13") doesn't creak AT ALL? I mean some ppl says that their MBA dosen't say anything at all! Is that really true? Or is it just because you (owners of non-creaking MBA) don't notice or is it because you don't think it is a problem?


I would also like to hear if any of you have made the creaking go away (for good) by tighten the buttomplate?

I'm waiting for my 2 replacement...

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About this.... I read all the threads before getting my MBA, and when I first opened the screen I heard some noise. But it was not from the aluminium it was from the plastic around the hinge, that makes some sound when moving the air with the lid open and so on. So it's not the aluminium body itself making the sound.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 01:23 PM   #4
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Mine does not creak (or wobble) at all. Something like that would drive me crazy so I'm sure mine does not do it.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 01:26 PM   #5
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I think some degree of creaking is normal, particularly if you hold the device cantilever-style (like in the commercials), or from the palmrest area. It isn't anything that bothers me, and I notice it only when I apply a lot of force to that area. Normal use or typing on a desk does not cause any creaking noise.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 01:32 PM   #6
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squirt some wd40 on the hinges ...
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 01:43 PM   #7
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squirt some wd40 on the hinges ...
It isn't coming from the hinges. The "creaking" I notice is from the metal in the palm rest. Again, it is only when I apply a lot of pressure to it, so I think it's normal.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 01:52 PM   #8
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I get no creaking or noise at all if I hold mine like in the commercial or with pressure on the palmrests.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 01:55 PM   #9
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I get no creaking or noise at all if I hold mine like in the commercial or with pressure on the palmrests.
When did you get yours?

i am wondering if starting another thread, but one that is clear and concise and requests that members put when they purchased it, whether it was online or instore, and what week was the laptop manufactured (if there is a way of doing this like there iswith the iphone)
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 01:59 PM   #10
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Mine does make some noises when I walk around with it, lid open. I think it comes from that plastic "axis" that holds the screen up.

When using it over a table or my lap, I still haven't noticed noises.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 02:05 PM   #11
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I get no creaking or noise at all if I hold mine like in the commercial or with pressure on the palmrests.
To clarify, if I hold it like in the commercial, with the clamshell closed, there is no creaking. I've just noticed it occasionally while typing when it's on my lap, and when I have unconsciously applied a lot of pressure to the palmrests. If I try to make it creak, I usually can't.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 02:12 PM   #12
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Haven't heard any creaking yet on my 11.6 base model. Also so far seems steady on a flat surface... hope these aren't things that can change over time.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 02:47 PM   #13
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I've had mine 3 weeks. It creaks only if I pick it up when open with one hand. On the front corners mostly but sometimes the sides. Never when typing. I'm sure they would all creak with enough encouragement.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 04:26 PM   #14
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No creaking in mine. Not that many threads about it, seems to me a minor issue.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 04:55 PM   #15
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No creaking in mine. Not that many threads about it, seems to me a minor issue.
Maybe they'll fix it with a firmware update. (j/k).
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 05:57 PM   #16
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13" here... no creaks =) *knocks on wood*...
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 06:47 PM   #17
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I have tried everything in this thread and I have no creaks. I have a 13" "Ultimate" purchased at a Apple store about a month ago.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 07:42 PM   #18
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Maybe they'll fix it with a firmware update. (j/k).
Ha! Maybe fix the Back-Lit keyboard issue too!
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 08:35 PM   #19
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I've owned a...
11.6" MBA
13" MBA
Another 11.6" MBA

None of the three of them have had ANY creaking. Completely flat.

The only problem I've had was on the 13" MBA. The bottom of the screen was dark, looked like a drop shadow.
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What is this creaking I hear about? Are you guys picking it up and trying to bend it? I mean that's the only way mine "creaks." Don't all laptops do that anyway? It's a thin aluminum shell full of circuitry. I don't see why it wouldn't make such noise if you try to bend it. I guess I just don't see why this is such a hotly talked about topic.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 10:35 PM   #21
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its weird, I wouldn't call it a creak, cause thats not the right description of the sound, its just a light noise that sounds like the aluminum is settling or something, its not a persistent creak in the same spot, thats what most people are reporting
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Yeah, this is aluminum parts bolted together, not a solid wedge of metal. I just don't see why it wouldn't make a noise when enough pressure is applied. I think most of the problem is in people's heads now. Once someone tells about a type of noise, you're going to be focusing on trying to hear it.
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Mine doesn't creak, I ordered it on the 23rd of November.
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Old Dec 8, 2010, 11:36 PM   #24
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For anyone who wants to keep track of other members and what they are saying with respect to when they purchased it, what size, etc.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1061504
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Old Dec 9, 2010, 10:32 AM   #25
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I dont think it is the aluminium alloy that is creaking at all. Inside new Apple laptops there are a few damping parts mounted on the logic board that keeps the aluminum grounded. They are like the top of a pencil mounted to be pushed against the aluminum cover.

When there is tension they are pushed in a bit and thats causing a sound that is not very nice to hear, that sounds like squeaking.

You can see them clearly on this picture from iFixit: http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/G...tEJbt2e5J.huge

Look at the usb-port for the round dots, one is just below the usb-port and one is over and just after it. There is also one next to the speaker-cable. If you look closely you can see that they are made in two parts with the top part being able to be pushed back (down) a bit.

Im not sure I explained good enough but I hope I did .

UNFORTUNATELY this means that this is an issue with all current Apple-laptop that features this part. If it doesnt creak now it will do so in the future or perhaps vice versa (if they wear in).

Also I don't think everybody notices it either since you have to push the right place or handle it in a certain way. For me it is most obvious when I put my laptop on my lap.
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