dented my 17" mbp...:(

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  1. refulgentis macrumors regular

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    It was in my backpack, and I let go of it, forgetting I didn't latch it because I was distracted. The bottom right corner is collapsed in a little bit now, you can see the a little of the Superdrive housing. What is the best way to resolve this at the cheapest price to me? I just got it on the 10th...is there any chance they'll fix it for free? If not, around how much will it cost? :( :(
     
  2. eva01 macrumors 601

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    fix it for free. not a chance in hell.

    and check ifixit.com to see if there is any MBP cases.

    would cost from apple maybe 700-800 i am guessing.

    case may cost 200-300 if you do it yourself
     
  3. refulgentis thread starter macrumors regular

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    holy crap...that's ridiculous.
     
  4. eva01 macrumors 601

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    not really

    ifixit.com sells PB 17" bottom cases for 300. Do not buy it as it probably wouldn't work with the MBP

    then you have to add in the price of labor and 800 sounds about right.


    Also incase you had Applecare that is now voided unless you have apple fix it then it will be reinstated i believe.
     
  5. refulgentis thread starter macrumors regular

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    How long could it take to put on a new bottom of a case? Even at $50 an hour, 10 hours seems 10x too long.
     
  6. eva01 macrumors 601

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    look at the amount of steps involved for the 17" PB replacement


    would take a hell of a lot of time and extremely difficult.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/55.19.0.html

    You could go to an apple reseller that may be a bit cheaper


    For those not wanting to read it is 17 pages to remove the bottom case, then those 17 again in reverse to put back together
     
  7. lamina macrumors 68000

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    To the OP, I am TERRIBLY sorry for your pain. I don't know what I would do if that happened to my 17" PB, and I've had it for a good few months now. I cringed when I saw even the thread title.

    In response to the user suggesting a 17" PB bottom case, its not possible, because the MBP has a MagSafe connector, as well as a different configuration for the USB and video ports, etc.
     
  8. refulgentis thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ya, I'm dying here. I semi-fixed it just now, and now I'm debating wheter or not to take a hammer to it to push in the final dent. He noted in the above post that I couldn't use it, in his defense.
     
  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Bottom case on a Macbook Pro 15 $290 at http://www.pbparts.com/shop/_b_+_cs

    17 may be the same price or an additional $50-70 when it is available.

    They have never been cheap, and always easy to damage.

    Nature of the beast.

    Also one of the reasons many of us always tell people to go with the iBook/MacBook line -- due the the higher durability.

    Especially with people apt to cause damage.
     
  10. refulgentis thread starter macrumors regular

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    Argh...I guess I'll just have to start saving now. Can I order it from Apple directly using their do it yourself service thing, or will they charge a premium/not let me order it?
     
  11. refulgentis thread starter macrumors regular

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    Another thought...can I just return it, then turn around and buy another?
     
  12. eva01 macrumors 601

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    I personally doubt you can buy it from them without letting them install it.

    However you would be able to get it from ifixit or the previous stated site when it becomes available.
     
  13. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Case parts are not part of the Apple DIY repair services. Usually we cannot order a lot of the repair parts from Apple.

    Which is where companies to repair Mac come in ... for those that want to do it as cheap as possible.

    But, every now and then the Apple Repair Service tier may actually be less expensive than a DIY repair.
     
  14. lamina macrumors 68000

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    If you bought it from a big-box retailer like Best Buy or its sister Future Shop, then yes, you can, with quite a large amount of bitching. I worked at a Best Buy and saw absolutely unreal stuff come back for a full refund.
     
  15. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    No pics please. It would just hurt my very being seeing that... :(
     
  16. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    You would think that for $2700+, they could come up with a better case material than aluminum foil.
     
  17. tuftywhite macrumors member

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    Damaged MBP

    If you have bought it recently on your credit card, it may be covered on the credit card company's insurance. It's worth a try!
     
  18. Roba macrumors 6502

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    If this happened to me i would be covered under my home insurance policy because my MBP is covered for accidental damage, theft inside and out of my house and it is also covered when i go abroad.

    If you have got household insurance maybe you could look into that to see if you are covered. If you have not got any maybe it would be a good idea for you to take out some cover for the future.
     
  19. andrewtayloruk macrumors newbie

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    I did exactly the same thing with a HR 15.2" powerbook last month. To be honest I was over-joyed, the powerbook handled it magnificiently. The right-hand side was bent all out of shape none of the ports were accessible, but the screen is fine and the hard disk (but more importantly the data on it) was perfect.

    The machine is still working but obviously I've lost the warranty and I'm worried if I drop it again it will push it over the edge. I was covered by my insurance and I'm just waiting for a replacement to be shipped, shame it's a MBP and not a HR Powerbook, but, I'd have to do the Intel transition sometime.

    It's like a car, if i'm in an accident, I don't care what happens to car, it can be a mangled wreck, that's what insurance is for. I just want the vehicle to take the pain and leave whats inside in one peice.
     

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