Bump on all PB 15's???

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by srphoto, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2004
    Is there a bump on all PB 15's?? I have a slight protrusion sticking out of my PB "15 Superdrive, and my friend who just got a refurbished PB 15 Combo has one in the exact same place!!!! What is this all about??

    The bump is right on top of the release button for the screen. You know where the light pulses when the PB is sleeping. Its small but noticeable, and u can easily feel it if u run your finger along the width of the PB.

    What can I do about this?? Will Apple give me a new PB or fix it at least.
  2. macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    I don't have a bump on my powerbook 15" 1.5 Ghz. Can you post a picture of yours?
  3. macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    its will probably be concidered cosmetic to apple, and they wont replace it. It doesn't affect its ability to work correctly. But I'm sure they would like to hear about it, incase both PBs came from the same place, thus some manufacture in China is beating up PB cases and making them look bad.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2004
    I will post pics later im in a rush and just wanted to check the thread...
  5. macrumors regular


    Nov 4, 2004
    san jose, ca
    strange, i don't recall a bump on mine either. i'd be surprised if apple were to take this as a return.
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2004
    here goes...

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  7. Toe
    macrumors 65816


    Mar 25, 2002
    That looks like a warp in the casing to me...

    Do you have an Apple Store nearby? I'd try taking it to the Genius Bar and asking if its covered.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2004
    So. Cal
  9. macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Hmm, I've got one on my 12" PowerBook... Mine's an original model, probably from the first batch... Of course, it's been dropped once, but that drop probably has nothing to do with this bump... Unless maybe my screen not lining up by 1 millimeter would do something like that, but I doubt it...

    It's just cosmetic for me, and not a big deal, although recently, when I close my PowerBook, the latch sometimes doesn't come out of it's "hole", and I have to pry it out to keep my PowerBook closed...
  10. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2004
    Is your bump in the same place???
    And do u think that your problems with closing your PB is related to the bump?? :eek:
    If so I will make sure it gets fixed.....
  11. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2004
    Hmmm I thought this would interest more people...
    I geuss i'm the only one with this problem.
  12. macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
  13. Jaz
    macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    No bump on mine either. Looks cosmetic but that may be enough of an issue to want it fixed. I would for the price PB's cost.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2004
    Denver, CO
    is it just the metal that is warped? or is there something behind it that is pushing it out. If its just the metal, and its really,really bothering you, you could try and tap it into place. if you do decide to do this, be VERY carefull.
  15. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2004
    I dont think there is anything behind it pushing the caseing out.
    Iv'e been thinking about how this may have happened, and I realized that my friend has a refurbished PB and I bought a "open box" which means that in both our cases there may have been a technician who opend up the casing and this may be the point where they pry it open.
    Does anybody know the technique of opening the casing of a PB, G4 Aliminum?? Does this theory make sense???
  16. macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Sydney Australia

    Definately take it to an AppleCentre dude. They may replace the bottom half of your PowerBook. I know that is what I would like done...

  17. macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2004
    I seem to remember a member posting here who had some experience in opening up PBs and putting them back together.

    From memory it was pretty tricky to get the case back together neatly, even for someone that has done a few of them. I imagine PBs are not really designed with this in mind.
  18. macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    I have a few of these on mine actually. One on the top case, to the right of the power button. Two on the bottom case, above the Superdrive slot, and one on the bottom case above the PC Card slot. When I sent it in for a logic board and display replacement, the Genius bar guy noted the bulges, which aren't as extreme as yours, but I was called by the service center and told they weren't covered. That was fine by me, because I was more worried about the logic board not being covered :eek:
  19. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2004
    Its not that I want to open the case and repair the bump.
    I'm just wondering if the cause of the bump is opening it. Do u have to pry the top case from the bottom to open the whole thing?? B/c that would explain the bump, and then Apple should repair it for me as it was the fault of their techie...
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2004
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  21. macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    holy cow!! that's no bump! :eek: you've got some tweaked out bodywork, man! :eek:

    so you noticed this after it came back from a service? perhaps it was a techie that did it. but you'd think it would require a fair bit of force to do that...

    but what model PB is that we're talking about? current model?

    FWIW - i don't have any bumps, 1st rev AlPB.
  22. macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2004
    London, England
    my 12" pb has one just to the right of the lid release button. it has been there all the time i have had it. it doesnt really bother me any more. i think of it as adding character!
  23. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2004
    My PB is a new PB 15" 1.5 ghz with superdrive, which i got at a "open box" price which means the box was opened then returned within 30 days. A techie then checks out the PB to make sure its ok to sell...
    My geuss is the techie had to open the case and the way to do it is to it pry open.
    Just my theory. I need someone who KNOWS to let me know if it makes sense so when i go to the Apple store i can know what im talking about.
  24. macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    I've seen about 7 different Powerbooks and none of them had this deformity. I read somewhere that Apple will not cover cosmetic damages in its portables because they would assume that you dropped it and that happened.

    I think Apple needs to jump on the bandwagon and offer accidental damage protection like all the other PC companies. Especially since Apple sells the most premium of laptops.

    I would still talk to your local genius and get his/her word on it. I know i wouldn't want that kind of defect in a notebook i paid upwards of $2000 for.
  25. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2004
    Once again my question is does it make sense to say that this bump comes from a techie opening the PB??

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