Any way to fix the latch on my 12" powerbook?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by lfielder06, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. Guest

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    Ok well I did a little searching and found a thread that said that the only way to fix it is to replace the dislpay which is like $900 bucks. The only thing that is wrong with it is the little piece of metal that holds the lid closed is missing. I am currently using a rubber band to hold it closed, but I have some ideas on how to fix it. I am wondering if anyone else has any ideas. I plan on taking it in to compusa to see how much it would cost to get fixed, but I am sure they will just say that I must replace the entire lcd. If anone has any experience with this problem let me know. Thanks!!
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    You need a new bottom case. At the AASP I work for I would charge about £75 for labour and about £110 for the parts.

    Can you take a photo of where its broke, it could be that you may be able to adjust the catch to make it work. Hope this helps

    Alex
     
  3. thread starter Guest

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    no the latch is right above the lcd, the bottom is fine.
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    Then I would say that you need a new display bezel (around £45 pounds with £50 labour). Is the hook just stuck by any chance inside the little hole?
     
  5. thread starter Guest

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    The small metal piece is missing. I think what I will end up doing is super gluing a little piece of metal so that it will close. It will stick out little but I think it will work.
     
  6. thread starter Guest

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    Problem sovled!!!! Cost= 0$ I used a paper clip. I bent it in such a way that it acts just like the original latch. The only difference is it is always out, but it is very sturdy. Not sure if i got lucky or what but o well. Very excited about fixing it due to the fact that i got this for around $650 since the latch was broken.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    Wow, what a steal. A shame about the latch but what a bargain.
     
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    grapes911

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    I just had my latch fixed on my ibook. I have applecare, so it didn't cost me a thing, but here is the bill:

    $100 Labor Charge, iBook
    $180 Flat Rate Repair Charge, iBook
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    $280 Total
     
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    killuminati

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    I had a similiar problem with my display not closing. The apple guy told me that I would have to replace the whole lcd which would cost $1500 canadian. I might as well have bought a whole new computer!

    I ended up finding this guy who said he would be able to fix the problem for me for only $300. It doesn't work perfectlly now (once in a while it will pop open (and simetimes even in the case)), but it's better than having to spend $1500.
     

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