Creaking Macbook Hinge?

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  1. Subiklim macrumors 6502

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    I have an otherwise perfect macbook, but the hinge seems to be squeaking quite loudly when it's opened/closed. It's a bit embarassing when I'm in class and I pull out a squeaky computer.

    Is this something being addressed, or will I be laughed at at the apple store?
     
  2. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    mine is the same way, except it only squeaks if i grab the top of the monitor from either side (ie: if i grab the top of the monitor from the center, like where the isight is, and close or open it that way, it's silent).

    i just assumed it was a MB trait..perhaps in part because of the plastic?
     
  3. Subiklim thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My old powerbook creaked, so it's not the plastic. Whenever I made an appt with a genius to fix it, it magically stopped creaking in the store.

    The macbook squeaks quite a bit louder, and it just started today.
     
  4. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    ah, see, my old PB never creaked, so i assumed all PBs were like that.

    in addition to the squeak, does anyone else have a battery that doesn't sit very well in their MB? either my case or my battery isn't flush straight, so the edge with the light indicator goes from flush to gap (noticable gap, too). again, i chocked it up to a MB trait, and just assumed that consumer laptop = poorly built compared to the "pro" lines.
     
  5. generik macrumors 601

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    Is this safe?
     
  7. daze macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't use WD-40. Instead, use a screw driver to tighten the screws. See if it helps, it seemed to help on my MacBook.
     
  8. FullmetalZ26 macrumors regular

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  9. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    well mine seats just fine and goes in where it's supposed to, there's just that little gap along the one edge. it's really no big deal at all, just me being anal about every little thing on my MB - as usual :p :rolleyes:
     
  10. Donz0r macrumors 6502a

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    Mine's the same way, battery just doenst sit right. Also, I can barely hear my hinge creaking and it only does it very rarely. I need to really move it back and forth and varying speeds to hear the slightest creak.
    I'd take it to the genius bar and show them.
     
  11. hubble1990 macrumors member

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    Hi. I used to have powerbook g4 with a squeaky hinge too.
    I purchased some special oil from Radius please copy this link into a new window

    http://www.raidius.com/ProductsNew/Tools/Tools.html

    The one i purchased was Syndrol HD
    Molecular Metal Conditioner

    You'll find lots of different products on there. Hope this helps.:)
     
  12. pincho macrumors regular

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    ive got a MBP and a a squeeky hinge also. Im thinking of taking it back, or is it a problem with most Apple laptops?
     
  13. emotion macrumors 68040

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    My 12" PB used to squeak.

    The hinges are meant to be self lubricating so using the hinge more gets rid of the noise. (Try opening and closing the lid ten times and see if that works).

    I also found that flinging the lid open (sounds worse than it is) also helps with the lube process.
     
  14. andgold macrumors newbie

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    I found a really simple solution

    Hi, folks.


    I was reading the messages and want to share that I had the same problem since week 3 with my Macbook, but got rid of it when I figured that it was caused by some little but sufficient amount of dust getting into the lateral corners of the lid, where it pivotes to the hidden axis.



    I just got a thin little piece of paper passed through the separation in both sides, and MIRACLE.

    Hope it also works for you!


    I suppose this will have to be repeated every month or so.... I use the laptop a lot outside home. But gettting rid of the noise is well worth the task.


    Best,


    Andrés.
    SPAIN.:eek:
     
  15. psxguru macrumors 6502a

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    I found my MB hinge to creak rather than squeak!

    Anyway, I discovered that the 2 screws closest to the hinge (one either side) had worked themselves loose from regular use and presumably heat cycles.
    It was just a case of tightening them (you need a small jewellers screwdriver) and it cured the creak. I may get around to putting some liquid thread lock on them at some point.
     
  16. aZooZa macrumors newbie

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    I tried tightening the screws but they were already tight, and my MacBook hinge creaked like mad. I sprayed a TINY amount of WD40 onto an ear bud; wiped the bud on a tissue to remove the excess, and then swabbed the hinge ends very lightly. Works a treat.
     
  17. will0407 macrumors 6502a

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    I thought I could put up with the creak/squeak, whatever you want to call it, but it's startin to get a little annoying now (plus I don't want everybody to turn and look at me if I ever open it in public!

    Whne people talk about putting sum lubrication on the hinges, do they mean removing the screen and then doing it, or just trying to let it "dribble" into the joint.
    any info would be great.
     
  18. aZooZa macrumors newbie

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    Just put a very small amount of WD40 on an earbud, and wipe it around the side edges of the hinge as viewed from the front. Try and get a small amount to "dribble" through around the edges where the hinge joins the case at each side. We're talking SMALL amounts here. Worked a treat for me.
     
  19. XP Defector macrumors 6502

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    When I pulled it out the box, my MacBook used to 'click' when I opened the lid, but has subsequently seemed to have stopped.
     
  20. MrCrowbar macrumors 68000

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    Mine made horrible noise too when moving the lid in any direction after a few days. Now it's better, but the backlighting of the screen is loose... Don't force it.
     
  21. will0407 macrumors 6502a

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    aZooZa!!you're a genius- it's worked like a dream! Finally opening like every laptop should...without a sound!
     
  22. aZooZa macrumors newbie

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    Glad to be of help. Secret is a LITTLE WD40. Don't spray it all over. Work it in with an earbud. Mine is now silent, thank goodness.
     
  23. Yoyodyne macrumors member

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    Be sparing with WD-40; it is petroleum-based and shouldn't be used on polycarbonate.
     
  24. jeffnc macrumors newbie

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    I used wax coated dental floss and it worked great! Now my macbook is flawless!
     

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