All these creaking threads...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sugarray3000, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2009
    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...

  2. Moderator emeritus


    Dec 10, 2008
    Either I'm deaf or my MBA does not creak
  3. macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2008
    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.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2008
    Mine does not creak (or wobble) at all. Something like that would drive me crazy so I'm sure mine does not do it.
  5. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    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.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2010
    squirt some wd40 on the hinges ... :D
  7. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    :D 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.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2008
    I get no creaking or noise at all if I hold mine like in the commercial or with pressure on the palmrests.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    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)
  10. macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2010
    São Paulo, Brazil
    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.
  11. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    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.
  12. duk
    macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2008
    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.
  13. macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2010
    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.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2009
    No creaking in mine. Not that many threads about it, seems to me a minor issue.
  15. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    Maybe they'll fix it with a firmware update. (j/k). :D
  16. macrumors member


    Sep 22, 2010
    13" here... no creaks =) *knocks on wood*...
  17. macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2010
    Naboo Land
    No creaking here.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2008
    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.
  19. macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2010
    Ha! Maybe fix the Back-Lit keyboard issue too! ;)
  20. macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2005
    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.
  21. macrumors regular


    Dec 2, 2003
    Baltimore, Maryland
    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. :confused:
  22. macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2007
    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
  23. macrumors regular


    Dec 2, 2003
    Baltimore, Maryland
    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.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    New York
    Mine doesn't creak, I ordered it on the 23rd of November.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010

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